Nasal polyps are a widespread condition many of us experience. In India, it affects more than 9 million people each year. Nasal polyps can arise at any age. In your nasal passage, polyps are benign (non-cancerous) growths along the nasal tissue lining or mucosa of the nose. Most people go undiagnosed because its symptoms are just like having a severe cold. Generally, an ENT specialist will use an endoscope, inserting it in your nose to detect nasal polyps.
Common symptoms of nasal polyps include -
• Difficulty while breathing through your nose
• Runny and an inflamed nose
• Excessive phlegm
• Constant stuffiness
• Facial discomfort and pain
• Feeling of fluid retention in sinuses
• Reoccurring sinus infections
What causes Nasal Polyps?
It is believed that when nasal mucosa is infected, it becomes swollen and produces fluid that drips, causing polyp formation. Some triggers that cause nasal polyps have been identified, such as chronic sinus infections, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and sensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin. There is not sufficient evidence to indicate what exactly causes nasal polyps.
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