Nasal polyps are common, noncancerous growths that form in the nasal passage or the sinuses. These polyps are often associated with the presence of allergies or asthma and may cause no symptoms if they’re small. However, larger polyps may block normal sinus draining and cause infections and congestion.
Symptoms of nasal polyps include nasal congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip, runny nose, facial pain, partial or complete loss of smell, loss of taste, itching around the eyes and chronic infections. They can be diagnosed with a nasal endoscope, a tool with a magnifying lens or camera that gives your doctor a view of the nasal passages and sinuses.
Nasal polyps typically respond to medication, but they often reoccur if the underlying cause is not addressed. In the event that the polyps do not respond to medication, the best option may be surgery or in-office polypectomy performed with a PolyVac.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of nasal polyps, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4320 to schedule an appointment.