The Secret to Treating Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) and Nasal Polyps without Surgery
Chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps can be incredibly frustrating and uncomfortable conditions to deal with and can significantly impact one’s quality of life. While surgery is a common treatment option, it’s not always the first choice for everyone.
This article will explore nasal polyps treatment without surgery, non-surgical sinus treatments, and medications for nasal polyps. We’ll delve into non-surgical sinus treatments and medications for nasal polyps and discuss whether nasal polyps can go away on their own.
Understanding Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Polyps
Chronic sinusitis, or chronic rhinosinusitis, is characterized by prolonged inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, lasting at least 12 weeks. In the United States, over 28 million people are diagnosed with sinusitis annually, and approximately 10% of them experience persistent and ongoing sinus inflammation, leading to chronic sinusitis or chronic rhinosinusitis.
The mucus Fluid can get trapped in the sinus cavities, resulting in acute infection and the development of chronic rhinosinusitis type that grows nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps are non-cancerous soft growths varying in size and number in the lining of the nasal canal or sinuses.
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps
What are the inflammation causes of the sinus?
- Viral or bacterial infection.
- Abnormal nose structure.
- A weakened immune system.
- Cystic fibrosis.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Polyps
Non-surgical chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps treatment include:
Nasal Sprays: Nasal corticosteroid sprays are absorbed by the nasal mucosa and shrink the polyps. Nasal sprays are used for the long term; otherwise, the polyps may return.
Steroid Injections: Polyps and their symptoms can also be decreased by steroid injection or oral intake.. Triamcinolone acetonide, Prednisone, and other steroids may be used.
Antibiotics: Typically, antibiotics are recommended for treating nasal polyps if there are bacterial infections concern.
Leukotriene inhibitors: Montelukast, a leukotriene inhibitor type, benefitted in treating nasal polyps, especially for aspirin-sensitive people.
Biologics: Dupilumab, Omalizumab, and Mepolizumab are types of approved biologic monoclonal antibodies that block the inflammatory response and treat moderate to severe CRS with nasal polyps, and give the patient complete improvement. These are miracle drugs and replace the need for oral steroids and sometimes even surgery
Some Interesting FAQ’s
Nasal polyps treatment goal is often to manage symptoms and reduce their size rather than achieving a permanent cure. A healthcare provider will develop a long-term management plan tailored to your specific condition, which includes a combination of medications, allergen avoidance, and regular follow-up for monitoring symptoms and adjusting treatment as needed.
Nasal polyps rarely go away on their own. They tend to persist and may even increase in size if left untreated. While some people may have temporary relief from symptoms, the underlying inflammation that causes polyps usually continues. It’s advisable to seek medical attention and explore treatment options to manage the condition effectively.
Prednisone is a corticosteroid medication that reduces body inflammation, including inflammation associated with sinus infections and sinusitis. However, it is typically used for short periods
and often prescribed in combination with other treatments to manage acute sinus infections or severe cases of chronic sinusitis.
Consult Dr. Peter Baptista for Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Polyps treatment
Dr Peter Baptista Jardin
European Board Certified ENT Doctor In Dubai
Dr. Peter Baptista Jardin is an ENT specialist with a special interest in treating sleep apnea. He is a revered expert in Spain for performing the first ever robotic transoral surgery in 2011, and the only series of hypoglossal nerve stimulation proved revolutionary for obstructive sleep apnea treatment worldwide. He currently serves as an ENT doctor in Dubai’s Al Zahra Hospital.