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Dr. Duane Gels
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Nasal Polyps (Overview)

Nasal polyps are hypertrophied (enlarged) portions of the lining of your nose or sinuses. They have been associated with sinus infection, allergic rhinitis, or both. The exact cause is still unclear. The treatment be medical, surgical, or a combination.


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How will I know if I have nasal polyps?

How will I know if I have nasal polyps?

Have someone look: Symptoms of nasal polyps might include nasal congestion and poor sense of smell. They can sometimes be seen on simple examination, but might require a nasal endoscopy or a scan to fully evaluate. ...Read more

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Dr. Duane Gels
149 doctors shared insights

Nasal Polyps (Overview)

Nasal polyps are hypertrophied (enlarged) portions of the lining of your nose or sinuses. They have been associated with sinus infection, allergic rhinitis, or both. The exact cause is still unclear. The treatment be medical, surgical, or a combination.


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I have frequent sinus infections with a history of nasal polyps. It seems as if dairy worsens my sinuses. Is this common? Does this mean i'm allergic to dairy? Should I have food allergy tests completed?

I have frequent sinus infections with a history of nasal polyps. It seems as if dairy worsens my sinuses. Is this common? Does this mean i'm allergic to dairy? Should I have food allergy tests completed?

Not necessarily: Many people report increased mucus quantity or thickness when drinking milk. This is not due to an allergy. Milk allergy rarely present with isolated nasal/sinus congestion. If fatty milk is triggering reflux, it can indirectly increase congestion. If you are concerned, i recommend testing, but don't be surprised if the testing is negative. ...Read more

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What causes nasal polyps: mild allergies or fungus?

What causes nasal polyps: mild allergies or fungus?

Nasal polyps: these are complex, they occur in individuals with nasal allergies, but also occur with aspirin allergy and asthma and also can be sporadic without a known cause. They are tricky to treat and you need a good ENT and Allergist to tackle the problem properly ...Read more

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Will chronic rhinitis last forever? I mean, will I ever get rid of it? No allergies, nasal polyps or deviated septum. Stuffy nose so often!

Will chronic rhinitis last forever? I mean, will I ever get rid of it? No allergies, nasal polyps or deviated septum. Stuffy nose so often!

Depends: on what the cause is. For vasomotor rhinitis, this will likely linger on for decades. For allergic rhinitis, avoidance of allergens and allergy shots may offer prolonged remission, for hyperplastic rhinitis, ultrasound reduction may be needed. The answer thus is "depends". ...Read more

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What are nasal polyps and how can they get treated?

Inflammatory masses: Generally in response to allergens like dust mites, pollen, animal dander; not pre cancerous in great majority of cases. Usually not true polyps as may be found in colon, uterus. Rx usually involves treating allergy inciters and response. Nasal steroids often used, saline spray, antihistmines, sometimes surgery. Get rid of dust collectors, e.g. Carpets, old books, etc. Got pets?-a bigger issue. ...Read more

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What is most effective treatment for nasal polyps and maxillary sinusitis?

What is most effective treatment for nasal polyps and maxillary sinusitis?

A good specialist: Nasal polyps and sinusitis can be treated but each treatment should be tailored to the individual. Some patients respond better than others. Generally the treatment will entail a combination of different medicines (antibiotics and/or steroids - oral or nasal). I would consult a good ENT or allergist. ...Read more

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I've had nasal polyps for 15 years now and multiple surgeries that don't seem to work- any alternative treatments?

I've had nasal polyps for 15 years now and multiple surgeries that don't seem to work- any alternative treatments?

Steroids: Nasal polyps are very difficult to control. Oral steroids, nasal steroids and an allergy work up may be beneficial... Especially if you have an Aspirin sensitivity. ...Read more

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Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more