If you deal with constant runny noses and congestion, you may have more than the common cold.
What are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in your nasal passages. If the polyps grow large enough, they can cause blockages in your airways. They are often a side effect of another health condition like allergies or an infection. Though nasal polyps are possible in everyone, they most commonly form in people with:
• Allergic rhinitis
• Sinusitis (Chronic sinus infections)
• Cystic fibrosis
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are often ignored due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to the common cold. Symptoms often include:
• Sinus pressure
• Runny nose
• Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell
• Chronic sinus headaches
• Chronic nasal congestion
Can Nasal Polyps Be Treated?
Yes, nasal polyps can be treated with several different options, including nasal sprays, oral medications, nasal polyp surgery and antibiotics. Though these treatment options may decrease the effects of nasal polyps, polyps usually come back.
For more information about nasal polyps, consult your physician.