diagram showing nasal polyps

What Are They?

Also known as Nasal Polyposis, nose polyps are non-cancerous growths that run along the lining of the nasal passage. They are painless soft growths that are typically shaped like teardrops or peeled grapes. They are most commonly found where the sinuses open into the nasal cavity and typically appear in both nostrils.

Causes of Nose Polyps

Nasal Polyps occur more frequently in men than in women. While they can develop at any age, they typically appear most often in adults. The causes can vary but typically result due to conditions that result in a chronic/long term inflammation in the nasal cavity. These causes can include drug sensitivity, asthma, cystic fibrosis, recurring infection, some immune disorders, and chronic rhinosinusitis.


Often there are no symptoms related to nasal polyps especially if they are small. If they are larger or have grown into clusters, they can cause difficulty in breathing. You should contact Dr. Contucci at ENT Pembroke Pines for a diagnosis if the following symptoms occur:

  • Pain in the face or forehead
  • Recently developed snoring and/or sleep apnea
  • Chronic runny nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Itchiness around the eyes

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