Nasal Polyps - St. Augustine Sinus & Allergy

Nasal Polyps Surgery

Nasal polyps often develop in the mucous lining of the nose and are sack-like growths comprised of inflamed tissue. Small polyps rarely cause problems but they can occur in grape-like clusters that may lead to breathing problems, nosebleeds, recurring infections or dull headaches. Only a qualified nose doctor can determine the most appropriate treatment plan which may include medications and/or surgery.

Doctors do not know the cause of nasal polyps. But, nasal polyps are typically benign (non-cancerous) pearl-colored growths that are common in individuals who suffer from chronic allergic rhinosinusitis. Since there is a rare type of nasal tumor (papilloma) that is malignant (cancerous), your Sinus & Allergy surgeon may choose to have any suspicious tissue analyzed. In most cases, polyps can be removed in our doctor's office with only minor restrictions to your daily activities.

Risk Factors for Nasal Polyposis

Your chance of developing nasal polyps increases with certain risk factors to include:

  • 40 years of age or older

  • respiratory allergies

  • frequent sinus infections

  • males are more prone than females

  • cystic fibrosis

  • hay fever or asthma

  • aspirin sensitivity

  • Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS)

Our Sinus & Allergy doctor will discuss the best treatment plan to reduce swelling and shrink any nasal polyps that may be interfering with the air flow through your nose. Nasal sprays containing steroids are often effective in controlling inflamed nasal tissue. You may also be prescribed antihistamines to control your airborne allergies and/or antibiotics if a bacterial infection is involved. In recurrent cases, a polypectomy or endoscopic sinus surgery may be the preferred treatment.

If you suffer from breathing through your mouth or constant nasal stuffiness, contact St. Augustine Sinus & Allergy at 904.461.6060; or use our contact form for a prompt email response.

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