Nasal polyps are growths that form in the nose or sinuses. Those with nasal polyps might experience a runny nose, loss of taste, a stuffy nose, postnasal drip, facial pain, and even itching around the eyes. They most commonly cause chronic sinusitis and this sinusitis will not resolve until the polyps are removed. Polyps typically develop as a reaction to nasal inflammation, either from chronic infection, allergies or other irritants. Polyps will recur but the recurrence is less likely if the patient stays on nasal steroids postoperatively. In patients with known allergies, immunotherapy (sublingual or traditional allergy shots) also help prevent polyp regrowth. Patients with nasal polyps often require a second or even third sinus surgery years later after the polyps have regrown and begun blocking the sinuses again. Visit your Waco ENT doctor for treatment.
Nasal masses are abnormal growths inside the nose and nasal cavity; they come in two forms: benign and malignant. However, most nasal masses are benign. Those with a nasal mass may experience frequent nasal drainage, nosebleeds, headaches, nasal congestion, and numbness or swelling in the face. Surgery is the most common treatment for these masses.
Inverted papillomas are nasal tumors that begin in the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity and sinuses. Those with inverted papillomas may experience a runny nose, nasal obstruction, reoccurring sinus infections, headaches, and even nosebleeds. Treatment includes surgery to remove the inverted papilloma.
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