Nasal Polyps Treatment in Southern California

Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in your nasal passages. They are often a side effect of another health condition like allergies or an infection

If the polyps grow large enough, they can cause a blockage in your airways.

Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are often ignored due to the fact that their symptoms are similar to the common cold or allergies. Symptoms often include:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell
  • Chronic sinus headaches
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Asthmatic symptoms

What Causes Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are created from the inflammation in the mucous membrane within the sinus. The inflammation is caused from any irritation of the sinus such as allergies, blowing or wiping your nose, colds, and the flu.

Physicians believe that the reason nasal polyps develop in some people but not others is because of the immune system’s response and genetic chemical makeup of the mucous membrane.

Risk Factors of Nasal Polyps

Though nasal polyps are possible in everyone, they most commonly form in people with:

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Sinusitis (chronic sinus infections)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Family history of nasal polyps

Treatment Options for Nasal Polyps

There are a number of treatment options for nasal polyps that a physician will prescribe, such as:

Medications

Physicians may prescribe medications to control the underlying causes of nasal polyps before taking further measures.

  • Corticosteroid nasal spray (Flonase, Nasonex)
  • Oral corticosteroids (Presdnisone) for severe cases
  • Antihistamines and decongestants for minor cases

Surgery

Endoscopic procedures are normally performed for nasal polyps. The physician will use a small nasal telescope that can precisely remove nasal polyps while avoiding damaging tissue.

Surgery is only performed for more severe cases of nasal polyps or when medication is not effective. Ongoing medication may be needed after the procedure for patients with certain conditions such as asthma or other sensitivities.

For more information

For more information regarding nasal polyps, call Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat at (562) 427-0550 to schedule an appointment

To our patients and families,

We at Southern California Ear Nose & Throat hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  As your physicians, your health and safety are our primary concerns, and we encourage everyone’s compliance with relevant instructions from our government and physician leaders.

We are happy to report that we are in compliance with state and federal regulations and recommendations at this point in time to protect both you and our staff. We are not scheduling routine elective surgeries at this time; however, if there is a surgery that is necessary, we are available 24/7 as usual, and the surgery will be performed.

At our offices, we are scheduling routine patients at intervals such that those patients who wish to, may remain in their vehicles until it is time to be placed in an exam room.  Rooms will be treated between each patient with disinfectant. We will be taking temperatures of patients who want to be seen in the office, and screening questions will be asked.

Along with our continuing to see patients in our office, we are available by teleconference. While not every visit can be done via telemedicine, we will make every attempt to accommodate those who desire a telemedicine visit. It may well be that you are not sure if an in office visit is necessary; some visits are (like a child born with tongue tie who has feeding difficulty), while many visits can be postponed (like a routine check on ear tubes).  If you have any questions, please call the office so that we may guide you.

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact the office for refills and prescriptions as necessary.

As many of you may have heard, there is new data to suggest that the initial symptoms of COVID-19 may be a loss of taste and smell. In the event that you develop loss of taste or smell, please contact the office of your primary healthcare provider if you have these symptoms, as they are more able to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate. We will be available by teleconference to assist your primary healthcare provider should the need arise.  

In terms of audiology, Hearing aid fittings and adjustments will continue to be done. A separate entrance to the office in Long Beach will be used for these patients, and some patients may be seen at out Los Alamitos office so as to separate them in time and space from other patients, maintaining social distancing to the best of our abilities.

In general, we urge all our patients to get as much sleep as necessary and drink plenty of fluids. It is important to wash your hands with regular soap and water Try not to touch your nose and mouth.

If you are able, please consider blood donation at your nearest hospital as there is a national shortage!

We must all work together during these stressful times! 

Sincerely

SCENT

Nina Yoshpe MD, Ayal Willner MD, Namrata Varma DO, Christy Beranek PA, Garrett Sherman NP, Susan Eckhardt AuD