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Nasal polyps anyone?

(15 Posts)
purplehazed Fri 15-Jan-16 13:15:28

DH has had what we thought was a sinus infection, but for a long time. Doctor just advices him to use sudofed but it hasn't helped. He's constantly blowing his nose, talks through his nose and one nostril is blocked. Last night he had a look up his nose with torch and to our horror there's some kind of growth there. He's going to the doctors tonight, but in the meantime I'm worried sick that it might not be polyps, especially after reading that polyps occur up both nostrils.
I wonder if it's possible that there are polyps up the other nostril but just can't be seen? I'd be so grateful for anyone who knows about polyps and can reassure me.

VocationalGoat Fri 15-Jan-16 13:19:28

My mum had these and they were way up there, couldn't be seen. But she went for about two years with chronic sinusitis type symptoms for which no treatment worked because it wasn't sinusitis. I can't remember how, but once the polyps were diagnosed she was treated correctly and the problem resolved itself really quickly.

VocationalGoat Fri 15-Jan-16 13:21:16

I should clarify, they couldn't be seen properly until she went to an ENT consultant. They can be tricky to diagnose so do make sure DH is referred to ENT. flowers

purplehazed Fri 15-Jan-16 14:11:33

Thank you Goat, it's just that everything I read says if they're only up one nostril it could be serious. I'm hoping he's got some up the other, but can't be seen, itms. Then I'd be reassured it's more than likely polyps.

Willdoitinaminute Sat 16-Jan-16 21:14:34

I had a large polyp that had prolapsed out of the sinus and was constantly blocking my nose. I could feel it move back and forward in my nose.
I was really fed up with it and one evening had a good blow of my nose in sheer frustration and it came out. It was pale and the same shape and size as a small uninflected balloon. The relief was immense, I had just made an Appointment with GP to see if they could do anything so I sealed it in a bag and took it along to confirm it was a polyp.
I don't think it is advisable to try this method of removal, I just got lucky and had a polyp that had a very weak attachment. And a good set of lungs!

purplehazed Sat 16-Jan-16 21:44:36

That must have been a great relief Willdo, I wish this would happen for DH. He's going to the walk in center tomorrow.

May09Bump Sat 16-Jan-16 21:49:06

May also be rhinitis, my DS was thought to have polyps by GP - ENT consultant diagnosed Rhinitis, his nose was fully blocked by inflamed nasal tissue.

maggiso Sun 17-Jan-16 00:01:04

I too managed to blow one out. When the ENT specialist looked up my nose - the two sides of my nose were graded differently - one side the polyse was almost visible, the other further back. So there could be asymmetry perhaps. I had mine removed surgically, but they can come back. Best to get an expert opinion.

Pandsbear Tue 19-Jan-16 12:28:04

Yes I have had them. First thing will probably be a steroid spray. I had to lie on the bed with my head over the edge looking at at the ceiling. Steroid drops in nose and stay in that position for 10mins. Morning and evening. This was to see if the polyps would shrink. Did this for 30 days. Meantime GP made ENT referral for the little camera up nose investigation.

tizzylittle Tue 19-Jan-16 13:55:11

Thank you, yes he has been pescribed a steroid spray, doctor said he could see what looked like a large polyp. He does struggle to use it correctly. I will pass on that tip of living on the bed. smile

tizzylittle Tue 19-Jan-16 13:58:11

Meant to ask, did the spray work Pandsbear?

MrsPatrickDempsey Tue 19-Jan-16 21:26:53

I had them; think they came after an awful bout of sinusitis. Had steroid drops for 6 weeks - didn't do much. Had ent referral and drops continue yes for about a year until I saw the consultant who arranged a cat and diagnosed a deviated septum too. The polyps were worse on the side where the deviation was prominent. The ct showed completely blocked maxillary sinuses. I had extreme symptoms of allergy and horrendous pain until I had a fess, polypectomy and surgery to straighten my septum. It was like magic. This was nearly 2 years ago and I am symptom free, although I still use a daily steroid/antihistamine spray. The surgery wasn't half as traumatic as I expected.

Pandsbear Wed 20-Jan-16 11:13:16

OP - yes the steroid spray did work! Sorry I meant to add that to my message but forgot. By the time I had my ENT appt with the camera, although the consultant could see I had had the polyps, they had gone. I don't have a deviated septum (as other posters have mentioned) however so maybe that made a difference. I was dedicated to doing the steroid drops in nose/hanging over the end of the bed thing for 10 mins twice a day as desperate for something to work.

This was about 5/6 years ago and nothing since.

QforCucumber Wed 20-Jan-16 11:16:51

Dp had these, in only one nostril too. Steriods etc wouldn't work so after a long time (3 years) of being told he had a cold, he was allergic to something etc he was finally referred to ENT.
Had to have an op under general to remove, they then packed his sinus with gauze, removed this the next morning which he said was horrid but he can breathe again so was happy.

Docs advised it may return it may not, which is really un useful.

maggiso Wed 20-Jan-16 15:34:11

I tried first a steroid spray from the GP, then stronger steroid drops ( the upside down head type- they helped a lot) but still could not breath through one side of my nose, (and had regular sinusitis) so I had surgery to remove the polyps, sort out my deviated septum, drain my sinuses and reduce the turbinates to make some room. I still have to use mild steroid sprays (for life) and occasionally drops again but my general health has improved due to being able to breath and sleep better at last! It is wonderful to be able to breath through my nose!

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