What nasal polyps look like?

What can be mistaken for nasal polyps?

A wart-like growth that looks similar to a polyp is called an inverted papilloma. These are most often benign, but do not respond to medications like steroids as being nasal polyps do. About 10% of inverted papillomas may be associated with sinus cancer.

What is the fastest way to shrink nasal polyps?

Polyps can increase drainage and congestion, cause pain, and diminish smell. Until now, the only ways to try to shrink polyps have been the long-term use of corticosteroid nasal sprays, a short-term course of oral steroids, sinus irrigation, antibiotics, or surgery to remove them.

How long can nasal polyps be left untreated?

If symptoms persist longer than ten days and are not associated with a cold or allergies, seek medical attention. Even though nasal polyps are benign, if left untreated they can grow large enough to cause serious complications including obstructive sleep apnea, meningitis, blood clots and aneurysms.

Are nasal polyps hard or soft?

Key points about nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, swollen, sac-like growths of inflamed tissue. They line the inside of your nose or your sinuses. They are a type of chronic rhinosinusitis.

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