NASAL POLYPS

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Nasal polyps are small growths that occur in the nasal cavities. They can be as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen or as large as a grape. Even small
polyps can obstruct sinus openings, which can allow sinusitis to develop. Polyps are diagnosed via a CT scan and/or endoscopy.

Polyps are caused by inflammation. Some physicians and scientists believe that polyps result from allergies, infection, or exposure to smoke or other pollutants, such as household chemicals or dust. Recent research has confirmed that polyps are instead caused only by infections. The other causes inflame the membranes, which results in thickened mucus, which then causes infection. The infection then causes the polyps to grow. Once polyps form, they can block the sinus openings and trigger more inflammation - which can lead to even more polyps. Furthermore, the obstruction caused by polyps leads to nasal airway blockage. When polyps grow around the olfactory nerve, your sense of smell, and subsequently taste, can diminish or disappear.

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