Growths which develop in the mucous membrane of the nose and nasal passageways are known as nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps cause is unknown; however they do appear to be more likely to happen in those who suffer from asthma or rhinitis. (Rhinitis: a condition in which the mucous membrane lining the nose and throat becomes inflamed.)
Children, Cystic Fibrosis and Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are not often seen in children although the exception to this is that they do sometimes develop in children who suffer from cystic fibrosis, an inherited condition that causes body secretions to be abnormal and thicker than usual.
The symptoms of nasal polyps develop over months and sometimes years. The severity of the symptoms will obviously depend on the size and number of polyps but include
- Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ blocked nose
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ decreased sense of smell
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ excess secretions of mucous (runny nose)
Nasal polyps can also lead to recurrent sinusitis as the narrow channels that would normally drain the sinus cavities can become blocked by the polyps causing inflammation and infection.
Of course, any narrowing of nasal passageways can lead to snoring and it is important that the cause of snoring is considered and even investigated for the sake of the person who snores and for their partner as it can cause long term problems for them both.
If nasal polyps are suspected to the cause of your snoring they can be treated. Once treated you will find your snoring problem is much improved. Your doctor will arrange for an examination to be undertaken by an ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist who may well conduct an endoscopy examination to view the internal structures of the nose and throat to allow a diagnosis to be made.
Examining for Polyps
During an endoscopic procedure an endoscope (a flexible tube which contains fibre optic cables and can also transport instruments) is inserted up through each nostril in turn and used to view the nasal passageways, the back of the throat and the larynx. The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic with sedatives occasionally being available for the very nervous.
If the endoscopy does not divulge the cause of the nasal polyp problem, sufferers may be offered a CT scan. If an endoscopy reveals a single polyp it may be entirely removed during the endoscopy procedure. Nasal polyps when removed are routinely checked to ensure they are of the non-malignant type.
Small nasal polyps can be treated by the use of a corticosteroid spray which will shrink the polyps over a period of weeks. A corticosteroid spray may also be prescribed after the surgical removal of polyps to prevent them recurring.
If nasal polyps are at the root of your snoring problem they can be treated very quickly and easily giving you and your partner relief from the inevitable broken nights of sleep that snoring can cause.