Chronic Rhinosinusitis/ Chronic Rhinitis (nasal polyps)

What are nasal polyps?

Nasal polyps are growths of the tissue lining of the nose. Their cause is largely unknown, but conditions such as  chronic rhinitis , chronic sinus infections,  asthma, aspirin hypersensitivity and increase the risk for nasal polyps.

 

What are the symptoms?

Nasal polyps can block the nasal passages and cause nasal congestion, obstruction, a runny nose, postnasal drip, a reduced sense of smell, facial pain,  sleep apnoea and snoring.

 

How can they be treated?

There are a variety of medicines that can help to reduce inflammation and treat the symptoms of nasal polyps. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the polyps permanently. This is done with the use of a minimally invasive surgery whereby the surgeon accesses the polyps through the nasal cavities using specialised cameras and equipment.