What are nasal polyps?

sick woman sneezing at homeChronic sinusitis can impact a patient’s quality of life each and every day. A stuffy nose, painful sinuses, and other problems result in discomfort that can keep patients from participating in activities and social events. It can also make them feel as though each day is a struggle. With the help of an experienced ENT such as Dr. Payam Daneshrad, many patients can find the relief they need to feel their best. In some instances, patients with chronic sinusitis may be dealing with growths called nasal polyps that are contributing to ongoing irritation and swelling of the nasal cavity.

What is a nasal polyp?

Dr. Payam Daneshrad of the Daneshrad Clinic of Torrance and Santa Monica, CA describes the nasal poly as a growth that develops on the nasal lining, often around the area where the sinuses open to the nasal cavity. These non-cancerous (benign) growths can be small enough to where patients do not even know they exist, though larger nasal polyps are more likely to cause a variety of issues such as snoring, nasal obstruction, difficulty breathing, sinus headaches, and sinus pressure. When these growths become a problem for a patient, they may want to talk to a doctor about nasal polyp removal.

Why do nasal polyps develop?

There are many different reasons why nasal polyps may develop. Below are a few reasons why they may grow and what predisposing factors might exist that increase risk:

  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Immune disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hay fever
  • Drug sensitivities (including aspirin)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinus infections (sinusitis)

Is surgery my only choice?

Some patients who have large or chronic nasal polyps may find that surgery relieves them of a variety of problems. However, not everyone needs surgery. Conservative treatment options may include oral steroid pills, antibiotics, antihistamines, and nasal steroid sprays.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Payam Daneshrad today

Our board-certified orolaryngologist of Santa Monica and Torrance, CA is here to help new and returning patients at the Daneshrad Clinic ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery. If you are in need of treatment for nasal polyps or other ear, nose, and throat concerns, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team today by calling (310) 453-6500.

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