Nasal polyps are fresh swellings that usually develop in the nose lining and the paranasal sinuses. They vary in size, and as they are growing, they might be pink or yellowish brown. Typically, they can grow in one or both the nostril at the time depending on several factors. Nasal polyps are associated with drug sensitivity, allergies, infections, and certain immune disorders. The common signs of nasal polyps include:
• Snoring • Frequent nosebleeds • Runny nose • Decreased/absent sense of smell • Losing the sense of taste • Blocked nose • Double vision in severe cases • Itchiness around the eyes • Obstructive sleep apnea in severe cases • Postnasal drip • Headache or facial pain
When you visit a doctor, the first thing he will do is to examine your nose so that he can make a diagnosis. In most cases, polyps are visible, and a skilled doctor can know right away and offer much-needed help. You may find the doctor ordering any of the following tests to gather relevant information such as the severity of nasal polys: CT scan, nasal endoscopy, skin prick allergy tests, and cystic fibrosis.