Nasal Polyps

Nasal Polyps:  These benign and edematous
growths are usually multiple, mobile, and bilateral.  Nasal distention
and enlargement of the bony framework may be a result from nasal polyps
that are large and numerous., and possibly occluding the airway. 
Nasal polyps usually develop as a result of continuous pressure resulting
from a chronic allergy that causes mucous membrane edema in the nose and
sinuses.  They usually occur more commonly in adults.


Nasal obstruction

Anosmia ( absence of the sense of smell )

A sensation of fullness in the face

Nasal discharge

SOB ( shortness of breath )


Corticosteroids ( either by direct injection into the polyp or
by local spray, to reduce the polyp temporarily.

Treatment of the underlying cause may include:  antihistamines
control allergy and antibiotic therapy if infection is present. 
Local application of an astringent shrinks hypertrophied tissue.

Medical management alone is rarely effective, and for this reason,
the treatment of choice is polypectomy (intranasal removal of the nasal
polyp with a wire snare), usually performed under local anesthesia. 
If continued recurrence, surgical opening of the ethmoidal and maxillary
sinuses, and evacuation of diseased tissue may be done.