Nasal Blockage And Polyps Specialist

McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology located in Chicago, IL

Did you know that if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you may be at risk of developing nasal polyps? Finding the right doctor to diagnose and treat your sinus problems ensures you receive the safest, most effective treatment before serious complications occur. The trusted team at McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology have treated thousands of patients suffering from chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps in their Chicago clinic. For expert evaluation, schedule an appointment today.

Nasal Blockage and Polyps Q & A

What are Polyps?

Nasal polyps are soft, noncancerous growths that can grow in your sinuses and nasal passages, eventually blocking your nasal passages and potentially affecting your breathing and sense of smell.

What Causes Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are most common in adults and often the result of chronic inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses. The real underlying causes – for example, why some people who suffer from chronic inflammation develop polyps, and some don’t – is unknown.

Who is at Risk of Developing Nasal Polyps?

Patients who have conditions that cause inflammation in the nasal passages are most likely to develop nasal polyps. These conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Sensitivity to aspirin
  • Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis

Researchers also believe there is a genetic link to nasal polyps.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Nasal Polyps?

Because chronic sinusitis goes hand in hand with nasal polyps -- although not all patients with chronic sinusitis will develop polyps -- the symptoms of nasal polyps often accompany the symptoms of chronic sinusitis and might include:

  • Postnasal drip
  • Bad breath
  • Stuffiness most of the time
  • Runny nose
  • Diminished sense of taste or smell
  • Upper tooth pain
  • Pressure behind the forehead and cheekbones
  • Headache
  • Snoring

When Should I See a Doctor?

If you’re experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, you should schedule an appointment for evaluation; this can ensure you receive the right diagnosis and early treatment, limiting your risk of complications.

If you’re having serious difficulty breathing, double vision, severe swelling in the tissue surrounding your eyes, or a severe headache with any of the above symptoms, you should seek treatment in the emergency room.

How is Nasal Blockage Diagnosed?

Your doctor may use nasal endoscopy – a camera inserted into the nasal passages – combined with your medical history and family medical history to diagnose nasal polyps and other conditions like chronic sinusitis. In some cases, further testing like allergy tests, CT scan, or cystic fibrosis testing, may be recommended.

How is Nasal Blockage Treated?

Sometimes medications can successfully reduce nasal polyps in size, or reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, antibiotics, and oral or injectable corticosteroids can help.

When medications are unable to provide adequate relief, surgical removal of polyps is required to prevent complications and alleviate symptoms.