Polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths in the body. Nasal polyps occur on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses, hanging down like teardrops or grapes. Many people are unaware that they have nasal polyps until they visit the doctor for chronic sinus issues. Nasal polyps lack any sensation, which is why many people are unaware that they have them. However, multiple polyps or large polyps can block the nasal passages and sinuses, leading to chronic irritation, swelling, and sinus issues.
Nasal polyps are most common in adults, though they can occur in children who experience repeated sinus infections. The larger the polyps, the more they block the nasal passages and lead to breathing problems. While medications can often shrink or remove nasal polyps, surgery is often required to remove them.
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
People who experience the following symptoms longer than 10 days or who have recurring issues over a 12-week period should visit an Ear-Nose-and-Throat (ENT) doctor.
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Persistent stuffiness
- Pressure in the forehead or face
- Loss of taste or smell
- Constant headaches
- Frequent nosebleeds
At New York Sinusitis Treatment, Dr. Gregory Levitin, MD, FACS, offers the most advanced options in sinus and ENT medical care. Sinuva nasal polyp treatment is a minimally invasive therapy that can help resolve chronic sinus issues. Sinuva is a non-surgical option that can open the sinus cavity and deliver anti-inflammatory medication to shrink the nasal polyps. Sinuva is a small implant that is inserted into the nasal cavity during an office visit with little to no downtime. This option is an alternative to sinus surgery.
Contact Dr. Levitin at City Sinus Care to schedule an appointment to see if Sinuva is the right treatment for you.