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Nasal Polyps And Cocaine
Inflammatory growths: Nasal polyps are de novo inflammatory growth arising from the lateral wall of the nose. The histo-pathology is very different from normal nasal mucosa. The cause is still not known but bacteria, virus, fungus, allergy are possibilities. They tend to grow both into the nose and into the sinuses and eventually cause nasal obstruction and anosmia.See 1 more doctor answer
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Nasal polyps: Sometimes. I have often had success avoiding surgery by treating polyps with short periods of steroids, then placing patients on a steroid nasal spray to diminish recurrence. This does not work with everyone, in which case surgery may be needed. Even then, I tell patients to think of surgery as a "haircut, " since polyps have a tendency to recur. Www. Mainlineent. Com.See 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: Nasal polyposis is a benign inflammatory disease that arises from the lateral wall of the nose and usually causes nasal obstruction and if large enough causes anosmia (decrease in smell). These grape-like swollen tissues rarely if ever cause pain. If you have pain with nasal polyps, you may have sinusitis, which may be painful. See an ENT physician.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but...: Nasal polyps can definitely affect quality of life. Chronic sinusitis from polyps not only affect breathing but also may result in sleep disturbance, fatigue, and poor sense of smell. Depending on the severity of polyps, nasal obstruction or poor smell would definitely impair a firefighter (who needs to breath in distress or smell smoke). Polyps are definitely treatable so please see an ENT.
Case and biopsy: From listening to patient, examining and visualizing the mass directly plus minus imaging study- you can have some impression whether it is a benign or cancerous one. However, ultimately, a biopsy is the one that can tell you definitively whether it is a cancer or a benign tumor/polyps etc.
Depends: Depends on how extensive the procedure and who is doing it. In my patients they have sponge in their nose overnight. That sponge is removed the next morning and they can go about their regular activities. Usually it takes a few days to feel "normal." I ask them not to engage in any activities that raise their blood pressure in the first week including sexual relations.See 3 more doctor answers
Get evaluation: Nasal polyps can be caused by several different things, and depending on what, they respond differently. Some can shrink with medication and others require surgery, so the best thing is to see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for a full evaluation and discussion of the treatment options.See 3 more doctor answers
Polyps: Depending on the extent of the polyps, some medical treatments may work. Such as sterodi saline sinus rinses, anti inflammatory medications, etc. If you have nasal allergies, it may be worth it for you to consult one and treat them as it amy diminsih their recurrenceSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Although polyps do tend to recur, if one maintains proper follow up and maintains a constant application of nasal steroid spray and other medical treatments after the surgery, their regrowth can be slowed and even prevented.