As you know, the older we get, the higher our likelihood is of developing certain conditions and diseases. For instance, people in their 30s and 40s may develop nasal polyps, benign (noncancerous) growths. These growths are often linked to inflammation in the nose lining, a condition known as chronic rhinosinusitis, which men and Black patients are more likely to have. When these growths occur together, they are known as chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRwNP).
If you have nasal polyps, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- loss of smell
- other sinus-related symptoms
Because nasal polyps can block the inside of your nasal cavity and cause worse symptoms as they grow, treatment will be important. But which treatment is best for you?
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Finding the right treatment
In some cases, your best treatment option may be to have the nasal polyps removed entirely through surgery. This is the only way to completely remove the polyps, however, this isn’t a foolproof treatment because the nasal polyps can return and is typically considered a last resort.
The good news, however, is that about 80 percent of people find that their polyps shrunk and symptoms subsided with prescription steroid sprays or oral medications.
In general, the treatment you receive will be based on the size and location of your nasal polyps as well as your symptoms:
These are the most common medications for nasal polyps. They work by reducing inflammation and polyp size to alleviate symptoms.
The great thing about these newer sprays is that because they are absorbed by your body, they are completely safe to take for several years.
A nonprescription saline spray or rinse is also a good option that can be used multiple times a day to help clear nasal passageways.
If you have larger nasal polyps, short-term oral steroids may be your best option because they will help shrink the polyps and improve your