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Medications that reduce inflammation may help reduce the size of the polyp and relieve symptoms of congestion. Spraying nasal steroids into the nose can reduce your runny nose and the sensation of blockage by shrinking the polyp. However, if you stop taking them, symptoms may quickly return. Examples of nasal steroids include:
(Flonase, Veramyst) An oral or injectable steroid, such as, may be an option if nasal sprays donвt work. These arenвt a long-term solution due to their serious side effects, including, and elevated pressure in the eyes. Antihistamines or antibiotics may also treat allergies or sinus infections caused by inflammation in the nose.

If your symptoms still arenвt improving, surgery can remove the polyps completely. The type of surgery depends on the size of the polyp. A is an outpatient surgery done with a small suction device or a microdebrider that cuts and removes soft tissue, including the mucosa. For larger polyps, your doctor can perform an endoscopic sinus surgery using a thin, flexible endoscope with a tiny camera and small tools on the end. Your doctor will guide the endoscope into your nostrils, find the polyps or other obstructions, and remove them.

Your doctor may also enlarge the openings to your sinus cavities. This type of surgery is an outpatient procedure most of the time. After surgery, nasal sprays and saline washes can prevent polyps from returning. In general, reducing the inflammation of the nasal passages with nasal sprays, anti-allergy medications, and saline washes can help prevent nasal polyps from developing. (04-24-2012, 09:33 PM) PaulaO2 Wrote: Swelling as in even with the mask off, you could not breathe through your nose? If this is it, then you need to speak with your doc immediately if not sooner. Dry nose is one thing but completely blocked?

That's another beastie. Paula, Thanks for the reply. I don't seem to have much problem during waking hours. I have noted recently that my left nostril is pretty blocked all the time right now but this hasn't always been the case. Right nostril is OK during the waking hours and when I mask up at night all starts off well but then the right side swells shut too. Note also that I have visited my ENT who took a CAT scan of my nose and sinuses to confirm that all is well. My ENT noted my swelling and suggested that I see an allergist but my appointment is not until May 1st.

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