Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths that dangle like teardrops or grapes from the membrane in your nasal passages or sinuses. They have a soft texture and come about due to chronic inflammation. Asthma, recurrent illness, allergies, drug sensitivity, and immune system diseases are all linked to nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps that are tiny in size may not produce any symptoms. A buildup of nasal polyps or a cluster of nasal polyp might block your nasal passages and cause breathing difficulties, poor smell sense, and frequent infections.
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are a type of growth that develops in your nasal passages and sinuses, typically causing inflammation lasting more than 12 weeks.
Nasal polyps are not always present in people with chronic sinusitis. Nasal polyps, on the other hand, can be flexible and lack sensitivity; if they are tiny, you may not realize you have them. A variety of growths or a huge polyp might block your nose and sinuses.
Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps include:
- A runny nose
- Persistent stuffiness
- Postnasal drip
- Decreased or absent sense of smell
- Loss of sense of taste
- Facial pain or headache
- Pain in your upper teeth
- A sense of pressure over your forehead and face
- Frequent nosebleeds
Causes of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are a form of malignant growth that affects the nose and sinuses. They’re not usually dangerous, but if they grow big or obstruct your airways, they might cause aesthetic issues. These swelling in the mucous membrane that generates fluid (mucous membrane) of your nose and sinuses.
Although nasal polyps can appear at any age, they are most often seen in young and middle-aged adults. Additionally, those who have polyps may have different immune system responses and chemical markers than those who don’t get them.
Nasal polyps are growths that develop in your nasal passageways or sinuses. They may be found anywhere along the course of your nose and sinuses, with the greatest incidence appearing around your eyes, nose, and cheekbones where three distinct passageways empty into your nose.
Complications of Nasal Polyps
The presence of nasal polyps can cause a number of problems, including difficulty breathing and drainage issues, as well as chronic inflammation that actually contributes to their growth.
Potential complications include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea. This is a potentially serious condition in which you stop and start breathing frequently during sleep.
- Asthma flare-ups. Chronic sinusitis can worsen asthma.
- Sinus infections. Nasal polyps can make you more susceptible to sinus infections that recur often.
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