Who Is at Risk of Developing Nasal Polyps?

by admin on September 6, 2017

Memphis otolaryngologist Rande Lazar, MD, has more than 30 years of experience in treating conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat. At ENT Memphis, Rande Lazar, MD, treats nasal polyps, which are fleshy, benign growths that develop in the nose and sinuses. Nasal polyps may not produce symptoms if they are small, but larger polyps or those that form in clusters can block the sinuses or nasal passages, obstructing breathing and sinus drainage and causing frequent infections. Nasal polyps can occur at any age! Risk factors for nasal polyps include having a condition that causes chronic nasal inflammation, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, or allergic fungal sinusitis. Men are twice as likely to develop nasal polyps as women. Having a sensitivity to aspirin also predisposes a person to nasal polyps, as does a family history of the condition. Treating this bothersome condition may involve the use of nasal, oral, or injectable corticosteroids, which can reduce inflammation in the nasal passages and even shrink or eliminate the polyps. If medications do not work, surgical removal of the nasal polyps may be necessary.

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