Nasal polyps are growths that result from inflamed mucus membranes in the sinuses and nasal passages. They can extend to the nostrils opening, or even down to the throat area. These growths can block the nasal passages.
Nasal polyps are a lot linked to other chronic diseases and incline to last for long time periods. They can even grow back after medical treatments or surgical removal.
What diseases are associated with Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps can happen along with many other respiratory diseases, such as allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis (due to bacterial and fungal infections), asthma, and aspirin allergy. Nasal polyps are also common in people with non-allergic rhinitis and non-allergic asthma.
Nasal polyps can also be an immunodeficiency disease indication. For example, nasal polyps in children can be a mark of cystic fibrosis.
Generally, nasal polyps are comparatively rare, taking place in only about 4% of the people.
Nasal polyps can Bilateral etthmois polyps or antrochoanal polyps.Antrochoanal polyps should not be confused with a Juvenile nasophatyngeal angiofibroma or a myringoencephalocele ( which can lead to CSF leaks)
Signs and Symptoms
The majority of people with nasal polyps will experience nasal block, which may be severe, that isn’t assisted by usual allergic medications. Other common symptoms include:
- Runny nose with clear or colored mucus
- Loss or reduced sense of smell and taste
- Sinus pressure
Nevertheless, facial pain is much more common in people with chronic sinusitis compared to those with nasal polyps.