A stuffy nose is a nuisance that can wreak havoc on your everyday tasks. While finding the cause can bring some peace of mind, discovering sinus problems can be unsettling. For instance, learning that you have polyps in your sinuses answers some questions regarding congestion but may add more confusion. If you’ve been diagnosed with sinus polyps, here are a few things you should know about them and how to treat them.
What are Sinus Polyps?
If you have frequent sinus infections, sinus polyps may be the culprit responsible for your misery. Sinus polyps are a nuisance because not only can they get you sick repeatedly, but they can make it difficult to breathe. Sinus Polyps are growths in the lining of your nasal passages. Adults often develop sinus polyps, but they can affect people of all ages.
To form a diagnosis, doctors use an endoscope for a thorough look inside your nose. Your doctor may also use a CT scan, allergy test, or general exam to form a diagnosis.
What Causes Sinus Polyps?
The direct cause of sinus polyps is unknown, but there are a few factors that may increase your risk. For instance, chronic rhinosinusitis can lead to the development of sinus polyps. Some people are more predisposed to chronic rhinosinusitis, increasing the chances of nasal polyps. Other risk factors include
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Family history
Are They Dangerous?
Most sinus polyps are soft and painless. But, they can become a nuisance when left untreated. As polyps grow and group together, they can make breathing difficult, compromise your sense of smell, and cause you to snore. While none of these symptoms presents an immediate danger, receiving a professional examination is critical for relief.
What Can I Do About Sinus Polyps?
Because of sinus polyps, it may seem like you’re destined to suffer from constant stuffiness and general discomfort. But, you have options that can help. First, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid spray to help shrink the polyps. If the medication doesn’t shrink polyps, you may need endoscopic surgery to remove the polyps. The outpatient surgery does not take long and generally has a short recovery.
You can also try to avoid allergens, use a humidifier, and manage chronic conditions to help shrink polyps.
Saint Louis Sinus center can help with all of your sinus needs. Give our Saint Louis office a call to schedule a consultation at 314-473-5433.