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Nasal Polyps, Ambulatory Care

Nasal polyps

are noncancerous growths caused by long term swelling inside of your nose. The swelling may be the result of allergies, or repeated nasal or sinus infections. Polyps can grow large enough to block air going in and out of your nose.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • decreased or loss sense of smell

Contact your healthcare provider for the following:

  • Nosebleeds or irritation
  • Symptoms do not get better with treatment
  • Symptoms return after treatment

Treatment for nasal polyps

will also include treating the condition causing the polyps. You may be prescribed medicines for allergies or infection. Medicines to decrease the size of the polyps and congestion may also be prescribed. Surgery may need to be done if other treatments do not work.

Prevent polyps

by avoiding allergens and following the directions on the labels of nose drops and sprays.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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