The small painless non-cancerous growths inside the nasal cavity can sometimes be troublesome by affecting your sleep patterns. They can sometimes develop inflammation from irritants (like- dust, smoke, cold, smell of allergens) and swell up, sometimes blocking the nasal passages and sinuses.
Who is at risk of getting nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps generally develop from long-term exposure to irritants or inflammatory conditions and generally affect people in their 30s or 40s. They occur usually on both sides of the nose. A growth on only one side of the nose requires medical attention as it could be cancerous.
The related causes of inflammation that may be present include:
What are the symptoms of nasal polyps?
Small polyps go unnoticed as they generally do not cause any symptoms. But, as they become larger they start leading to complications such as:
When should you visit a doctor?
You can visit your doctor and explore solutions if the symptoms bother you and affect your daily functioning. You should also visit the doctor if symptoms of inflammation last more than 10 days. You should visit a medical care facility immediately if you have any serious symptoms like:
Complications: - Nasal polyps causes blockage of normal airflow & fluid drainage with chronic inflammation.
How are nasal polyps diagnosed?
Your doctor may ask about your health history and about allergies asthma etc. He/she will then look inside your nose with a small fine flexible tube with a tiny camera called a nasal endoscope. Sometimes, you may be asked to get a CT scan of your nasal cavity and sinuses as well.
How are nasal polyps treated?
Based on the condition and whether you require treatment, your doctor may suggest the following in advanced cases:
How can I manage nasal polyps at home?
The best method is prevention by:
Other methods commonly suggested include: