Do allergies disrupt your life on a consistent basis? Or do nasal obstructions interfere with your ability to breathe normally during sleep? Maybe a loss or change of smell affected your ability to taste your favorite foods?
You may suffer from chronic sinusitis, Anosmia, or sleep apnea. All of these conditions can range from mildly annoying to serious issues. However, left untreated, you can expect the symptoms to continue to get worse. Moreover, the underlying cause may be nasal polyps, an advanced nasal disease.
When inflammation causes your nose to swell, small teardrop-shaped polyps form. They are found in the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. Typically, these polyps are soft, painless, and noncancerous. However, they can become bothersome and affect your quality of life. And although rare, they may be cancerous.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with this discomfort. There are a variety of treatment options available to you. Your first step to finding lasting relief is to get relief today with Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center.
The Three Main Causes of Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps, also known as nasal polyposis, is an annoying condition that could be affecting your health. Moreover, they can make sinus symptoms worse. When it comes to chronic sinus symptoms, identifying the cause is the first step to determining treatment.
Chronic sinusitis causes recurrent inflammation in your nasal and sinus cavities. This can result in the formation of polyps.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are commonly used to treat sinusitis. However, these medications are not meant for long-term treatment. If your symptoms last longer than 10 days, it’s time to schedule an appointment. OTC medications may provide relief, but their side effects could lead to other issues.
Furthermore, if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you need to get to the root cause. Treating symptoms alone will not provide long-lasting relief. Instead, it’s time to find a real solution to move on with your life without being bogged down by sinus symptoms.
These are benign tumors that form in the nasal passage. Despite being noncancerous, they can be aggressive.
If left untreated, the inverted papilloma can continue to grow. As they get bigger, the polyps can obstruct breathing. This can lead to a cyclical issue where sinus symptoms and polyps make each other worse.
When you schedule an appointment for nasal polyps with Dr. Pasha, he will determine your best method of treatment. Finally, you will be able to put an end to your vicious cycle of symptoms.
Rare as it may be, it’s important to realize that nasal polyps can be cancerous. If your polyps are malignant, an appropriate treatment can remove the cancerous cells. The goal is to prevent a recurrence.
Nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea, and more can interfere with your quality of life. Are you ready to find relief from your sinus, allergy, and sleep apnea symptoms? Contact Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center today.
Identifying & Examining Nasal Polyps
Do you think nasal polyps are to blame for your symptoms? Then it’s time to make an appointment with a board-certified ENT. Furthermore, make sure your ENT specializes in rhinology.
Despite how it sounds, nasal endoscopy is a painless evaluation that takes only five to 10 minutes. Before the procedure, Dr. Pasha and his team will administer a topical decongestant, topical anesthetic, and numbing spray. This trio widens the nasal passage and reduces the risk of discomfort.
Next, a very thin tube with a light and video camera explores the septum, turbinates, and sinus openings. Then, Dr. Pasha will analyze tissue samples and images captured during this procedure.
Because nasal polyps typically result from allergy inflammation, Dr. Pasha needs to identify the culprit.
Allergy testing pinpoints the allergens causing you problems. This helps to determine possible medications and educates the patient on which allergens to avoid. Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center offers three different allergy test options.
The skin prick test uses a thin needle to prick the skin on either the forearm or back. Each needle contains a different allergen.
Prick areas that become red and swollen signify what allergen you are allergic to. This test determines reactions for airborne, penicillin, and food allergens.
Intradermal Skin Test
When a skin prick test is inconclusive, the next option is an intradermal test. Rather than pricking the skin with a needle, a small amount of allergen is injected into the outer layer of the skin.
This test can determine if a patient is allergic to airborne allergens, medications, and insect stings.
A blood test may be the most intimidating to some patients. But it does have the highest rate of accuracy.
This process includes first collecting a blood sample. Then, the sample is analyzed in a lab. Allergens are added to the sample to measure the levels of antibodies.
It’s important to determine exactly where the polyps are coming from. To do this, Dr. Pasha may choose to have a CT scan taken of your nasal and sinus cavities.
CT scans are a type of X-ray. They allow Dr. Pasha to get a full picture of your nasal polyps to proceed with the best treatment.
Nasal Polyp Treatment Options
Like most sinus issues, the treatment options vary depending on the severity of each patient’s symptoms.
Dr. Pasha may choose this simple in-office endoscopic surgical procedure to remove your nasal polyps.
When nasal polypectomy is not an option, Dr. Pasha occasionally recommends sinus surgery. This may be your best option if your polyps are recurrent. Moreover, it’s also a common option if scar tissue or a bony closure prevent endoscopic methods.
The Propel™ corticosteroid implant was designed for patients who have advanced sinus disease. This could be nasal polyps or severe chronic sinusitis. Furthermore, patients who have had prior sinus surgery are candidates.
The implant contains the mometasone furoate steroid and can be placed painlessly in just a few minutes. The steroid eludes over time to reduce inflammation, scarring, and polyps. Moreover, the implant is bio-absorbable. This means that it will dissolve on its own after several weeks.
Dr. Pasha was one of the first doctors in the United States to utilize a corticosteroid embedded implant. However, this leading-edge technology is currently only performed under research protocols.
Medications made from bacteria and yeast are called biologics. The biologic works by blocking inflammation-stimulating molecules. The ideal results are smaller nasal polyps and less congestion. If successful, the biologic may decrease the need for oral steroids and/or surgery.
Dr. Pasha and his team will inject a patient with biologics every two weeks during treatment. However, you may be able to learn to self-administer your biologic at home.
Ready to Live Your Life Free of Nasal Polyps?
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, it’s time to talk to Dr. Pasha about your options. After all, chronic sinus and allergy symptoms will only get worse. Furthermore, they can result in permanent damage to your nasal passage and sinus cavities.
Hence, the sooner you speak with Dr. Pasha, the better chance you have for a simple, in-office procedure to get the relief you need. Confirm your appointment today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]