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A 42-year-old member asked:

can you tell me about nasal polyps or swollen turbinates?

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Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Different Things: Nasal turbinates are long protrusions of tissue inside your nose that extend from front to back. Everyone has them. In allergies they can swell leading to stuffiness and congestion. This can also occur when you are sick. Nasal polyps are fluids filled sacs that grow in the nose and sinuses and are most often caused by airborne allergens or aspirin allergy. The may need surgery.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Turbs and polyps: Both can be caused by allergies and lead to nasal obstruction. Whether you have either or both can only be determined by physical examination. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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A member asked:

Do a lot of people get nasal polyps?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Allergies: Patients with upper airway allergies, e.g., hay fever, are prone to developing nasal polyps.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Do lots of people get nasal polyps, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Allergy: Polyps are common in people with upper airway allergy, e.G hay fever.
A member asked:

How common is it for somebody to get nasal polyps?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Nasal polyps: Incidence depends on age and comorbid conditions like cystic fibrosis. "the overall incidence of nasal polyps in children is 0.1%; the incidence in children with CF is 6-48%. Among adults, the incidence is 1-4% overall, with a range of 0.2-28%." http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/994274-overview#a0199.
Dr. David Mann
Dr. David Mann commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
adults with nasal congestion and decreased smell and taste often have polyps. patients with history of allergy or asthma have polyps may have polyps. unlike colon polyps, nasal polyps are usually benign
Mar 8, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

What do you recommend for nasal polyps?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Conservative vs. sur: Some respond to nasal steroid preparations such as flonase, nasacort (triamcinolone) etc., whereas other are treated with surgical intervention. Let your ENT help you decide on the best treatment option.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Im not sure what to do for nasal polyps?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Removal: Please see your doctor to have these removed.

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