How Nasal Polyps Cause Problems

Some nasal polyps can be very large and can block the passages, resulting in breathing issues or sinus infections. Nasal polyps can also become irritated or infected. Nasal polyps can develop in all ages, but tend to occur mostly in those who are young adults and at middle age. 

Common Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

  • Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Drippy nose 
  • Headaches
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Decrease in sense of taste or smell
  • Draining in the nose and throat
  • Facial/forehead pain and/or pressure

When to See a Doctor

If you experience the symptoms listed above for longer than three weeks, you should visit an ENT doctor such as Dr. Shari Reitzen. After an exam, the cause of your issues can be determined and a treatment plan can be developed to help you begin feeling better. Tests (an endoscopy or CT scan) may also be ordered. 

“She did a great diagnostic of my condition and provided the correct remedy. Excellent doctor!” 

Milan N.

Types of Nasal Polyps


Antrochoanal nasal polyps are often the result of an infection. They originate from the maxillary sinus.


Mostly found in adults, ethmoidal nasal polyps are usually the result of an allergy. They originate from the ethmoid sinuses and are generally bilateral.

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What Causes Nasal Polyps to Occur?

Nasal polyps can develop after prolonged irritation to the mucosa — a layer that protects the interior of the nose and sinuses, as well as humidifies the air that enters the body. This can even happen to individuals who have no history of nasal issues. Asthma, allergic rhinitis, and recurring sinus infections can all lead to nasal polyps.


Do the nasal polyps come back?

Is nasal polyp removal covered by insurance?

Do the nasal polyps come back?

Unfortunately, nasal polyps are considered to be a chronic condition. This is why it’s very important to work with a good ENT and to determine a solid treatment plan.

Is nasal polyp removal covered by insurance?

Nasal polyp removal is typically covered by insurance because the polyps can obstruct breathing.

See Dr. Reitzen for Nasal Polyps

Shari Reitzen, MD is a double board-certified ENT and facial plastic surgeon on the Upper East Side. If you’re dealing with nasal polyps and you’re frustrated with your medication not working, we encourage you to work together with Dr. Reitzen to find a solution. We believe you should be able to breathe without issue. Dr. Reitzen now has two locations to offer more convenience to patients, so we welcome you to contact us to book your consultation today. 

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