Nasal Polyp Treatment in San Francisco
The ENTs at California Sinus Centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of nasal polyps and allergies at our ENT clinic in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and San Jose. If you are experiencing allergy-like symptoms, schedule a consultation at one of our ENT clinics near you. With our provider’s education and expertise, patients travel throughout San Francisco, San Jose, and the Palo Alto area to receive care.
What Are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are fleshy, watery-appearing swellings or growths that arise from the lining of the nasal and sinus cavities. They are found more commonly in patients with allergies, chronic sinusitis, and asthma. They are also associated with certain hereditary conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. Nasal polyps are non-cancerous. They may vary in size, and while generally benign, may cause problems by blocking the drainage pathways of the sinuses making a person more susceptible to developing sinus infections. Larger polyps may fill the entire nasal cavity and cause blockage to airflow. They may also cause a decrease in sense of smell.
True nasal polyps are generally bilateral. Nasal polyps found only on one side are unusual, and should be checked and possibly biopsied for the presence of cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Nasal Polyps?
The exact cause of nasal polyps is unknown, but may be the result of chronic inflammation.
Patients with small nasal polyps may have no symptoms. Other common signs and symptoms of nasal polyps include:
- Sinus pressure
- Runny nose
- Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell
- Chronic sinus headaches
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Facial pain
- Asthmatic symptoms
How Are Nasal Polys Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of nasal polyps generally requires a nasal endoscopy and a CT (computerized tomography) scan of the sinuses. Nasal endoscopy is a more detailed examination of the nasal cavity using a small, lighted, magnified scope, usually performed by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician). This is an office procedure performed with some light, topical anesthesia. Testing for allergies may also be recommended.
How Are Nasal Polyps Treated?
Treatment of nasal polyps often includes management of underlying allergies, if present, and may include topical nasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, and allergy shots (allergy immunotherapy). Oral steroids, such as prednisone, are sometimes used to obtain temporary relief. Nasal polypectomy (removal of individual polyps) or endoscopic sinus surgery may be recommended in more extensive cases.
How Are Allergies Treated?
The initial step in the treatment of an allergy is an accurate diagnosis by an allergist or immunologist. It involves deciding whether the patient’s symptoms are caused by an allergy and, if so, determining what triggers the allergy as accurately as possible. The resulting diagnosis will target the appropriate treatment or clinical intervention to allow avoidance of the allergic trigger which will help to eliminate or minimize symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation for Nasal Polyps and Allergies in the Bay Area Today!
If you have symptoms of allergies and nasal polyps, contact California Sinus Center to speak with our ENT providers and discuss the treatment options available. To visit our ENT centers in San Francisco, San Jose, and the Palo Alto area, view our locations and call to schedule your appointment today.