Chronic Nasal Problems
Do you suffer from a number of different chronic nasal problems that occur individually or all at once? These issues are usually an indication of a condition such as sinusitis, which is the result of inflamed sinuses. When your sinuses become infected after a cold, flu or due to another medical condition, most of the obvious symptoms will present in the nasal cavities. Some of the most common signs include a perpetually blocked or runny nose, sore throat and headaches that are concentrated around the sinuses.
While it is normal to experience these symptoms for a few weeks when you are suffering from a cold or flu, nasal problems that persist for 12 weeks or more are indicative of sinusitis. Medications will likely have no effect on the symptoms, and recurrence of infection is frequent. Chronic nasal problems require specialist treatment, otherwise further damage occurs which will exacerbate the symptoms with each new infection.
Chronic nasal problems may also result from health conditions such as allergies, asthma or a compromised immune system. The same is true in the reverse, where issues that begin in the nasal cavities can have an adverse effect on existing medical conditions through the spread of infection or worsening of common symptoms. Treating chronic nasal problems will not provide a cure for asthma or allergies, but it will greatly reduce the impact of any associated symptoms on your general health and well-being.
Nasal polyps are benign tumors that develop in the lining of the nasal cavities or sinuses. Depending on the location and size of nasal polyps, they can inhibit breathing, result in the buildup of mucus and increase the risk of sinusitis-related infections. You can have nasal polyps removed through surgery or opt for a less invasive procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty that opens the nasal cavities so that air flow is improved.
If you suffer from chronic nasal problems, including sinusitis, nasal polyps may be a contributing factor. Patients who have more severe symptoms of sinusitis are often found to have nasal polyps that are contributing to inflammation. Nasal polyps can reoccur after removal, so it is important to seek treatment from a clinician who specializes in improving the overall prognosis for the patient. If Dr. Greg Levitin suspects your nasal problems are being caused by a growth that is something other than nasal polyps, he may send a sample for lab testing before recommending treatment options.
For effective treatment of chronic nasal problems or nasal polyps, reach out to our practice today. We have the diagnostic tools and techniques needed to provide safe and long-lasting procedures that are suitable for patients of all ages.