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Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are fleshy outgrowths of the mucous membrane of the nose. They are common teardrop-shaped growths that form around the openings to the sinus cavities. Polyps in the nose are not tumors and do not suggest an increased risk of cancer. They are merely a reflection of inflammation, although there may be a family history of the problem. Nasal polyps are more likely to develop in people who have allergies or asthma. Some of the symptoms caused by polyps are nasal obstruction and congestion. Corticosteroids can shrink or eliminate polyps, but sometimes polyps must be removed surgically.

Polyps may develop during infections and may disappear after the infection subsides, or they may begin slowly and persist. Many people are not aware that they have nasal polyps, although they may have sneezing, nasal congestion, obstruction, drainage of fluid down the throat (postnasal drip), facial pain, excessive discharge from the nose, loss of smell (anosmia), reduced ability to smell (hyposmia), itching around the eyes, and chronic infections.