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Nasal Polyps

Nose polyps, which are also called nasal polyps, are abnormal tissue growths that can be found within the sinus cavities and/or nasal passages. In some cases, these growths remain small enough that they do not cause any problems; however, when nasal polyps grow to a certain size, they may block the nasal passages and cause a variety of problems. In these cases, it is important to consult an experienced nose specialist. Located in NYC, Dr. Rizk has been treating patients with nose polyps for many years.

Patients typically begin to experience symptoms of nasal polyps when they become quite enlarged or grow in clusters. Symptoms include a blocked nose, difficulty breathing through the nose, snoring, runny nose, a change in the sense of taste and/or smell, and post-nasal drip. When nasal polyps develop in or around the paranasal sinuses, they may cause a sinus infection or chronic sinusitis. If you regularly experience facial pain and tenderness, an elevated temperature, and difficulty breathing through the nose, you may be suffering from sinusitis. In severe cases, nose polyps may even result in obstructive sleep apnea, as the polyps can temporarily block the airways while lying down at night. This wide range of symptoms are associated with a variety of nasal and respiratory problems, so it is important to seek the help of a qualified doctor to identify the exact cause of your problem. In general, if you suffer from cold-like symptoms for more than 2 weeks or notice that these symptoms frequently recur, you should see a doctor for help. Nasal polyps do not improve on their own, so medical intervention is required.

Doctors are not entirely sure what causes nasal polyps. They tend to appear after instances of inflammation within the nasal passageways and sinus cavities. People who suffer from asthma, seasonal and environmental allergies, and other respiratory medical conditions are more likely to suffer from nose polyps. To diagnose nasal polyps, your doctor will review your symptoms, medical history, and examine your nose. If the polyps are located near the openings of the nostrils, he may be able to view them using only a small penlight. Further tests and/or examinations may be required to identify and locate nose polyps inside the nasal passageways or sinuses. If your doctor determines that nasal polyps are affecting your respiratory health, he will recommend a course of treatment. For smaller polyps, steroids will be prescribed to help shrink the polyps. If steroid treatment does not improve the condition, or if the polyps are particularly large, you may be referred to a nose surgeon, such as Dr. Rizk in New York, for polyp surgery.

Surgery to treat polyps is called endoscopic sinus surgery. During the surgery, Dr. Rizk will use a high definition endoscope, which consists of a small flexible tube and a tiny camera, to gain a clear view of the internal anatomy of the nose and locate the polyps. Polyps are excised using specific surgical instruments. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and leaves no external scars. After the surgery, you will be given specific instructions to follow to reduce the risk of complication and improve your comfort during the recovery period.

Although nasal polyps are known to be a recurring problem, you can be assured that our doctor will create an effective plan to manage nasal polyps and improve your overall health. If you have been diagnosed with nasal polyps, or are concerned that nasal polyps may be the cause of your health problems, please contact our New York office today.

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