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Nasal Polyps Overview

Nasal Polyps an Overview

Nasal Polyps Overview, Nasal Polyps are abnormal growths that occur inside the nasal passages and the sinuses (canals found behind the cheekbones). They can range from unnoticeable to large lumps, and sometimes they can hang outside the nose.

Symptoms of nasal polyps:

Nasal polyps tend to be unnoticeable at first, being dismissed as the irritation associated with a common cold. When nasal polyps get big enough, they are easily visible from the outside.

Nasal polyps can cause you to have difficulty breathing. Loss of sleep can result and snoring is a less common symptom, but also occurs if the mucus growths partly obstruct the airways. You will also find you are more tired and have difficulty concentrating. This is attributed to poor intake of air. You will often compensate by breathing through your mouth, which will cause you to be more susceptible to colds and upper airway infections. This is a result from the fact that you can not filter the air you breathe through your nose.

In short, symptoms include:

Nasal congestion
Anosmia (loss of sense of smell).
Sinusitis.
Secondary infection which can lead to headaches.
Snoring may occur while sleeping.
Facial changes are not common, but are can occur.
Nose bleeds.
Coryza.

Cause of Nasal Polyps:

The exact cause for nasal polyps is unknown; however, they are commonly thought to be caused by:
Asthma.
Cystic fibrosis.
Exposure to some forms of chromium.

Nasal polyp formation can be associated with a few of these illnesses:
Asthma.
Chronic rhinosinusitis.
Aspirin intolerance.
Kartagener’s syndrome.
Young’s syndrome.
Churg-Strauss syndrome.
Nasal Mastocytosis.
Cystic fibrosis.

Nasal polyps are abnormal growths that occur inside the nasal passages and the sinuses (canals found behind the cheekbones). They can range from unnoticeable to large lumps, and sometimes they can hang outside the nose. Nasal polyps tend to be unnoticeable at first, being dismissed as the irritation associated with a common cold. Therefore when nasal polyps get big enough, they are easily visible from the outside.

Nasal polyps can cause you to have difficulty breathing.

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