Nasal polyps are made of soft, swollen tissue that may develop on the lining of the nasal cavity passages or sinus drainage passages.
How to Treat Nasal Polyps
The first course of action to treat nasal polyps is typically non-surgical. Dr. Reitzen may prescribe steroid spray or drops to decrease inflammation, or perhaps steroid tablets in the case of particularly large polyps or a severe infection. She may also prescribe antibiotics, antihistamines, or antifungal medication.
If none of these methods work, nasal polypectomy may be needed. Nasal polypectomy is a surgery in which an endoscope (a long, thin tool with a tiny camera on the end) is inserted into the nose. The tiny camera will allow Dr. Reitzen to see the interior of the nose and the polyps on a video screen so that she can effectively cut them out with a small suction device or a microdebrider. This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. Following the surgery, patients may be prescribed a medical-grade nasal spray to help prevent recurrence.