Nasal polyps are sac-like growths that develop in the nose and sinuses. They are painless and non-cancerous and affect adults more than children.
If you have small polyps, you may scarcely even notice them, but bigger polyps can lead to a heap of misery including obstructed nasal passages, sinusitis, trouble breathing, diminished smelling capacity, face pain, stuffed-up nose or thick mucus from the nose, postnasal drip, etc.
Managing Nasal Polyps
Nasal corticosteroid sprays can help diminish polyps. If polyps persist, surgeries can help remove them. The problem with nasal polyps is that they often return—even after medications or surgeries.
If you have polyps that won’t seem to go way, allergy immunotherapy may provide a longer-term solution. Polyps result from chronic inflammation that is often caused by allergies. Once the inflammation is treated, polyps often subside.
Allergy immunotherapy may be administered through allergy shots or, more conveniently and safely, through sublingual drops that can be taken at home. Contact AllergyEasy to find a doctor in your area who can talk to you about allergy drops and how they can help with nasal polyps.
About The Author
Stuart H. Agren, M.D.
Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.
Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.
In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.
After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.