What Are the Causes of Nasal Polyps, and What Can Help?

man blowing his nose Nasal polyps are small growths inside the sinuses and nose. In most cases, these growths do not cause any pain. Unfortunately, larger nasal polyps can block the nose and cause discomfort and problems breathing. By learning the common factors that cause these polyps to develop, you will be better able to take preventive measures to prevent them. Here is what you should know.

Why Do You Have Nasal Polyps?

Despite how prevalent nasal polyps have become, medical experts still do not know the precise reason why they develop. They know that inflammation plays a role in the emergence of nasal polyps, but not everyone who has inflamed sinuses ends up with them.

Even so, inflammation is regarded as a contributing factor to the development of sinus polyps. Because of that, you are more likely to experience sinus polyps if you have certain conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, hay fever, and sinus infections. If you started experiencing facial pain right around the same time you developed one of those conditions, chances are you have nasal polyps.

The medication you are taking can also explain why you have growths along your sinuses. Mention any medication you are taking to our doctor so we can check for a potential link.

How Are Nasal Polyps Treated?

Treatment for sinus polyps typically involves medication. Our experts may give you oral steroids or steroid sprays to alleviate the inflammation inside your nose. A saline spray can also introduce moisture to your sinuses and reduce inflammation.

Nasal polyps caused by allergies may be treated differently. Instead of focusing on the inflammation, your doctor may prescribe allergy medication to alleviate your symptoms. The inflammation should also ease up once the allergy medication takes effect.

In some cases, surgery is recommended for sinus polyps. Our doctor may suggest surgery if the medication is not affecting the growths in your nose.

Receive Effective Treatment for Your Nasal Polyps Courtesy of St. Louis Sinus Center

Visit the St. Louis Sinus Center to take effective action against your nasal polyps. Our experts are dedicated to using state-of-the-art diagnostics while providing cutting-edge care to each of our patients. Our team will help identify the cause of your nasal polyps and develop an effective plan to help provide you relief. Schedule an appointment at our Festus, MO, office today by calling 314-582-0888.

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