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Whether it's large or small, button-like or beak-like, your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep or get comfortable.

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What Causes It ?

Nasal polyps usually result from the continuous pressure resulting from a chronic allergy that causes prolonged mucous membrane swelling in the nose and sinuses. Other predisposing factors include chronic sinus infection, chronic rhinitis, and recurrent nasal infections.

What Are Symptoms For Nasal Polyps ?

Nasal blockage is the primary symptom of nasal polyps. The block­age causes loss of the sense of smell, a sensation of fullness in the face, nasal discharge, headache, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms usually mimic those of allergic rhinitis.

How Is It Diagnosed ?

The doctor will use X-rays of the sinuses and nasal passages and will examine the nose with a nasal speculum to help diagnose nasal polyps.

How Is It Treated ?

The doctor will prescribe steroid drugs to be administered either by direct injection into the polyps or by local spray to temporarily shrink the polyps. The doctor may also treat the underlying cause, using antihistamines to control allergy and antibiotics if infection is present. Local application of an astringent shrinks swollen tissue.

Unfortunately, medical treatment alone is rarely effective in alleviating nasal polyps. Consequently, the doctor will surgically remove the polyps, usually using local anesthesia. Laser surgery is being used more frequently for polyp removal.

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