How do nasal polyps affect daily life?

Small nasal polyps may not cause symptoms. Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell and frequent infections.
 
Nasal polyps can affect anyone, but they're more common in adults. Medications can often shrink or eliminate nasal polyps, but surgery is sometimes needed to remove them. Even after successful treatment, nasal polyps often return. Any condition that triggers chronic inflammation in your nasal passages or sinuses, such as infections or allergies, may increase your risk of developing nasal polyps. Your family history also may play a role. There's some evidence that certain genetic variations associated with immune system function make you more likely to develop nasal polyps.
 
Nasal polyps can cause complications because they block normal airflow and fluid drainage, and also because of the chronic inflammation underlying their development. 
 

 


Sources:

  • “Nasal Polyps Management and Treatment.” , my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15250-nasal-polyps/management-and-treatment.
  •  Nordqvist, Christian. “Nasal Polyps: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 22 Dec. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/177020.php.

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