Nasal polyps are often linked to allergies. They may appear without symptoms, especially if they're small and don’t need treatment. Larger nasal polyps can cause sinus obstruction resulting in an accumulation of mucous and sinus infection.
Nasal Polyps Signs and Symptoms
- Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths that form in the nose or sinuses, and hang down like teardrops or grapes. Nasal polyps are usually located around the area where the sinuses open into the nasal cavity.
- Nasal polyps are common and are often associated with allergies or asthma, recurrent infection allergies, or certain immune disorders. Nasal polyps may cause no symptoms, especially if they're small, and require no treatment.
- Larger nasal polyps can block normal drainage from the sinuses and cause sinusitis. When too much mucus accumulates in the sinuses, it can become infected, causing thick, discolored drainage in the nose and throat.
- Large nasal polyps can cause a decrease in the sense of smell, cause difficulty breathing through the nasal passages, and, as previously mentioned, infection and sinus disease.
- In the case of large nasal polyps, endoscopic sinus surgery and other procedures are often necessary to remove the obstruction to improve sinus drainage, breathing and clear infection.
Dr. Rohn and Dr. Gamble are ear, nose, throat, and sinus surgeons in Plano and Dallas. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, please call our Plano office at 972-378-0633 or Dallas office at 214-239-1641.