Nasal polyps are outgrowths of the nasal/sinus mucosa. Nasal polyps usually develop as a result of continuous chronic allergy that causes mucous membrane edema in the nose and sinuses. They are also commonly seen in people with aspirin sensitivity and chronic sinusitis.
Symptoms: Nasal obstruction. Loss in the sense of smell. Nasal discharge. Sinus pressure
Treatment: Corticosteroids (oral or nasal spray) can reduce the polyps temporarily. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) has also shown to reduce the recurrence and size of the polyps. People with aspirin sensitivity should avoid taking aspirin containing products. At times, medical management alone is not effective and polypectomy (removal of the polyps) is necessary. Surgery should be followed by the removal of the inciting agents, immunotherapy and the use of intranasal steroid sprays.