What are Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are growths that are found in the tissue or lining of the nasal passages. They are usually harmless or non cancerous but can grow in clusters or to a large size which then affects breathing. When breathing is restricted and the nasal passages become blocked, it is important to seek medical advice and obtain treatment either in the form of a medicated nasal spray or surgery to remove the polyps.

Typical symptoms experienced by someone with polyps may include a blocked or stuffy nose, flu like symptoms such as a runny nose, sinus infections, headaches and chronic snoring. As soon as these warning signs are noticed and the presence of nasal polyps detected treatment can commence.

Nasal polyps tend to grow near the sinuses and within the mucous membranes of the nose. Those who are susceptible to sinus infections are often most likely to develop polyps. They are more common in adults than in children and are classified as chronic when they are present for more than three months.

Treatment is possible and effective and unless large in size, nasal polyps can easily be treated with saline wash and a medicated spray. Keeping the nose free from blockages, cleaning it and rinsing as often as possible can prevent reoccurrence and further growth of nasal polyps.

It is said that nasal polyps generally come about as a result of infected or inflamed sinuses caused by possible allergies, asthma, sleep apnea or a genetic condition. Although treatment is possible it is recommended that once contracted, preventative measures should be taken to maximise effectiveness.