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Discussing Nasal Polyps

Published on September 28, 2018 by

Nasal polyps can develop in various sizes and colors. They usually range from brownish-yellow to pink in color. At the onset, the nasal polyps appear as teardrops. shutterstock 90101779 300x300 - Discussing Nasal Polyps

However, on becoming larger, they look like grapes on a stem. Polyps can develop in one or both nostrils at the same time and may grow alone or in clusters.

Large polyps or polyp clusters can lead to problems in breathing and affect the sense of smell. Polyps can block the sinuses and lead to issues such as recurrent infections.

The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s nasal polyps and recommend a suitable treatment plan on the basis of this assessment. Kind and accomplished double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities in The Golden State.

Who may get Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are present in between four and 40 percent of the population. Polyps are nearly two to four times more common in males than in females. People who have nasal polyps typically develop them in youth or as middle-aged adults.

Polyps are more likely to develop in people with repetitive sinus infections, allergies, and asthma. They are also more likely to develop in children with cystic fibrosis.

Diagnosis

An expert surgeon can diagnose nasal polyps usually just by asking the patient questions on their symptoms and evaluating their nasal condition. A lighted device can help the surgeon view the nasal polyps within the nose.

The surgeon may also order the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • CT Scan
  • Skin prick allergy test
  • Cystic fibrosis

Treatment

In the treatment of nasal polyps, the below are used often:

Steroid Nose Drops or Spray

The surgeon may prescribe nasal drops or a steroid spray to the patient. This will assist in the reduction of swelling in the polyps. This is a common course of treatment for patients with one or a cluster of small polyps. Treatment side effects may include:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Steroid Pills

The patient may need steroid pills if they have more significant polyps or severe swelling. The physician may prescribe the patient these pills only or along with a nasal spray.

Steroids are quite effective in the reduction of the size of the polyps. But they can present complications such as weight gain. The patient should only use these pills for a few weeks and not for a more extended period.

Other Drugs

At times, the surgeon may prescribe other drugs to treat the conditions that may be causing an aggravation of the inflammation. For example, they may prescribe antifungal meds to address fungal allergies, antihistamines for treating allergies, and antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.

Surgery

In case the polyps are very large, or the patient is unresponsive to other treatments, the surgeon will recommend a surgery to treat the nasal polyps.

Polypectomy

This is a common treatment to remove polyps. The patient undergoes the procedure under either local or general anesthesia. The surgery is performed by placing a long, thin pipe connected to a camera within the patient’s nose and sinuses.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this area of the southwest for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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