What is it?
Nasal polyps are painless benign soft growths on the lining of the nose or sinuses. They’re not usually serious, but they can keep growing and block your nose if not treated.They can be source of repeated nasal congestion symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
- Symptoms of nasal polyps include: a sensation that your nose is blocked runny nose constant need to swallow when excess mucus runs down the back of the throat (post-nasal drip) reduced sense of smell or taste nosebleeds snoring nasal stuffiness Polyps can grow large enough to block your nasal passages, resulting in chronic congestion. breathing through your mouth a feeling of pressure in your forehead or face sleep apnea
- Nasal polyps can sometimes feel like a cold, but colds tend to clear up within a few days, whereas nasal polyps won’t get better unless they’re treated.
- If your polyps block your sinuses (air pockets around your nose), you may also have symptoms of sinusitis.
- In some cases, there may be no symptoms.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. This is one of the best ways to protect against bacterial and viral infections that can cause inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses.
- Humidify your home. Use a humidifier if the air in your home tends to be dry. This may help moisten your breathing passages, improve the flow of mucus from your sinuses, and help prevent blockage and inflammation.
- Use a nasal rinse or nasal lavage. Use a saltwater (saline) spray or nasal lavage to rinse your nasal passages. This may improve mucus flow and remove allergens and other irritants.
Avoid nasal irritants. As much as possible, avoid breathing airborne substances that are likely to contribute to inflammation or irritation of your nose and sinuses, such as allergens, tobacco smoke, chemical fumes, and dust and fine debris.
Things to watch out for
See you GP if you have persistent nasal polyp symptoms