Nasal polyps can make it difficult to breathe, smell, and generally enjoy life. Board certified adult and pediatric allergy and immunology specialists Peter Benincasa, MD, and Richard E. Luka, MD, treat nasal polyps at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology in Clark, Clifton, and Garfield, New Jersey. If you think you have nasal polyps, call or book an appointment online today.
Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that appear on the lining of your sinus and nasal passages. These growths are typically painless and may not cause symptoms, but large polyps or groups of smaller ones can lead to breathing problems.
Nasal polyps may develop when you have a sinus infection or another source of tissue inflammation that lasts for an extended period, typically 12 weeks or more. If left untreated, nasal polyps can cause complications such as asthma flare-ups and an increased risk of sinus infections.
Nasal polyps are a combination of soft tissue and lack sensation, so you may not notice them. Clusters of multiple polyps or a large polyp may block your sinuses or nasal passages, causing one or more of the following symptoms:
Nasal polyp symptoms are similar to those of a sinus infection, allergic rhinitis, or the common cold. If your symptoms persist longer than ten days or cause severe discomfort, you should schedule an appointment at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy & Immunology right away.
Nasal polyps can affect people of all ages, but they are most common in young and middle-aged adults. Having certain conditions may also increase your risk of developing nasal polyps, such as:
Any condition that leads to chronic inflammation in your nasal or sinus passages can make you more susceptible to getting nasal polyps.
Your doctor will begin by examining your nasal passages. They may be able to see polyps by looking into your nose with a lighted instrument.
Depending on your condition, they may perform additional diagnostic tests, such as:
Then, your doctor will develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your needs. This plan may include treatment for allergies or sinus infection as well as medications to shrink or eliminate the polyps.
If your condition doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, they may recommend surgery (done by an ENT specialist) to remove the polyps.
For relief from nasal polyps, call Consultants in Asthma, Allergy & Immunology or book an appointment online.