Scientists don’t know exactly what causes
nasal polyps to grow. But they may have developed an effective treatment for these bothersome
growths. I’m Monique Evans with your latest health news.
Nasal polyps are soft, noncancerous growths within the nasal passageway. Although small
polyps often don’t cause symptoms, larger ones, however, can block the nasal passages
and lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell and frequent infections. Some chronic
sinusitis patients can successfully be treated with intranasal corticosteroids, which are
sprayed into the nose to relieve nasal discomfort. For those who don’t see improvement with corticosteroids
alone, however, a new injection medication called dupilumab may offer relief. A new study
at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium found that patients given dupilumab showed significant
improvements including improvements in quality of life. If you have chronic sinusitis, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist about the right medication for you.