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Nasal Polyps

SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat

ENT Specialists & Sinus Specialists located in Long Beach, CA; Los Alamitos, CA; Huntington Beach, CA; Newport Beach, CA; and Torrance, CA

The team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating nasal polyps along with involvement in multiple phase-III clinical trials for treating nasal polyposis. At their offices throughout Southern California, including Los Alamitos, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Torrance, California, the ENT specialists offer medications and surgery to relieve symptoms of nasal polyps and improve your breathing. Learn more about your options for treating obstructive nasal polyps by calling the SCENT office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Nasal Polyps Q & A

What are nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow in your nasal passage. Polyps often develop because of underlying health conditions that cause inflammation in the mucous membranes of the sinuses. Common triggers for nasal polyps include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic sinusitis

You may also develop inflammation that leads to polyps if you frequently blow or wipe your nose, or if you have a family history of the condition.

While you can have polyps without symptoms, some growths can be large enough to block your airways and interfere with your breathing. Nasal polyps can also cause a variety of symptoms that interfere with your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps cause symptoms that are often similar to a cold. For this reason, many polyps go undiagnosed until symptoms become more serious.

Signs you may have nasal polyps include:

  • Runny nose
  • Facial pain
  • Sinus pressure
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Persistent sinus headaches

Those with polyps that have existing asthma may find that the polyps trigger more severe asthma-related breathing issues. 

How are nasal polyps treated?

The team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat offers several options for treating bothersome nasal polyps.

Initially, you may benefit from medications to reduce inflammation in your nose to prevent new polyps from developing or increasing in size. Medications may include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Oral corticosteroids (prednisone)
  • Corticosteroid nasal spray (Flonase®, Nasonex®)

The team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating nasal polyps, and they participate in multiple phase-III clinical trials for treating nasal polyposis. If medications aren’t enough to relieve your symptoms, your provider may recommend surgery.

What’s involved in surgery for nasal polyps?

The surgical team at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat uses minimally invasive, endoscopic surgical techniques to remove polyps and clear your nasal passages. These procedures involve using a slender scope that doesn’t damage the surrounding tissue. The ENT specialists use image-guided technology to operate with a high level of precision. 

Surgery is typically an option if you have severe symptoms caused by nasal polyps or if medications aren’t effective. You may still need to take certain medications to prevent polyps after surgery, especially if you have other chronic conditions like allergies or asthma.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of nasal polyps, call the SCENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.