Nasal polyps are growths of abnormal tissue that may form in your nose or sinuses.
They are usually benign (non-cancerous) and may not even cause any symptoms.
Larger polyps can block your nasal passages causing breathing difficulty, frequent infections and loss of your sense of smell or taste.
If your polyps are near the opening of your nose your consultant may be able provide you will a quick diagnosis by just shining a lighted instrument in your nose. Polyps located deeper in your nasal cavity or sinuses may need examination using diagnostic endoscopy or ENT imaging.
How are polyps treated?
In the first instance your consultant may prescribe medication to help shrink your nasal polyps. Nasal sprays or steroid medication may be recommended. Antihistamines to treat any allergy and antibiotics to treat infection may also ease your symptoms.
If conservative treatment for your nasal polyps is not successful your consultant may recommend a nasal polypectomy.