What To Know About Sinus Polyps

How your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help you feel better

Sinus polyps can make you miserable. The headaches and sinus pain can make it difficult to think about anything else. Fortunately, your ENT specialist can diagnose and treat your sinus polyps, so you can get back to enjoying life.

Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, offers comprehensive ENT services, including treatment of sinus polyps. He can help you feel better.

So, what are sinus polyps? They are growths of tissue clinging to the walls of your sinuses. They are also commonly found in nasal passages. Polyps are the result of chronic inflammation caused by an underlying medical condition.

These are a few of the medical conditions that can cause chronic sinus inflammation:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Medication sensitivity
  • Immune disorders

Sinus polyps by themselves are typically not painful, but they can cause annoying and uncomfortable signs and symptoms like these:

  • Headache, facial, and tooth pain
  • Chronic or recurrent sinus infections
  • Nasal discharge or stuffiness
  • Problems with smell or taste
  • Frequent snoring

So, when should you see your ENT specialist? If your signs or symptoms last longer than 10 days, you need to make an appointment with your ENT specialist.

Your ENT specialist may recommend:

  • Nasal endoscopy to confirm the presence of sinus polyps
  • CT imaging, to precisely view the deeper areas of your sinuses
  • Corticosteroid medication to shrink sinus or nasal polyps
  • Antihistamine or antibiotic medications to relieve symptoms

For larger polyps that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your ENT specialist may suggest surgery. Surgery is typically performed endoscopically, with the use of balloon sinuplasty. Sinus surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.

To find out more about causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinus polyps and other ENT services, call Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 477-4995. Call today!

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