What Are Nasal Polyps

What Are Nasal Polyps

‘I have suffered from polyps for around 3 years. I was not able to smell or taste properly at that time. Not to mention the sneezing and red nose that I always got.’

Did you know that nasal polyps affect between one to twenty people out of a thousand? That is what the National Health Service (NHS) says. Out of a hundred people, two to four are likely to have nasal polyps sometime in their life.

Nasal polyps affect men two to four times more often than women, and they usually affect people forty years old or older. While nasal polyps are not common in children from two to ten years old, they still have a fair chance of getting them, especially if they have chronic sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, or allergic rhinitis.

So Just What Are Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are fleshy swellings that grow inside the nose. They are not a disease, but rather a condition. They can grow either in groups or separately. Under normal circumstances, both nostrils will be affected by this condition. Therefore, having nasal polyps in just one nostril might be an indication of a more serious condition. A discharge of blood from the nostril(s) is another indication of a serious nasal polyp condition.

Although nasal polyps are not cancerous, they should be treated seriously, because they affect the nose, which is important in breathing. They can not only affect your sleep, but also your sense of smell, and your sense of taste. They can also cause headaches, and a persistent runny nose.

Nasal polyps come in various sizes and colors. Basically, they look like a teardrop because of gravity pulling them down from where they hang.

Nasal polyps are classified into two types, namely, antrochoanal polyps and ethmoidal polyps. Antrochoanal polyps are uncommon, and originate from the maxillary sinuses, which are the biggest sinuses.  Ethmoidal polyps, on the other hand, originate from the ethmoidal sinuses.

Nasal polyps are often associated with chronic inflammation. In fact, 20 to 40 percent of people who suffer from this condition also have preexisting cases of asthma.

Nasal polyps can be treated with natural products, medical treatments, or surgery. However, none of these solutions can give 100 percent assurance that the nasal polyps will not return. In fact, around 70 percent of these cases do have a relapse, which explains why some people need surgery more than once.

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