Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps Nonsurgical Management

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


December 08, 2020

When patients present with a history of allergic rhinitis and/or asthma, consultation with an allergist is beneficial. Allergy pharmacotherapy or immunotherapy has been shown to be beneficial for patients with nasal polyps and allergy symptoms.

Dietary modifications can be beneficial in patients with food allergy and nasal polyposis. Recording a food diary or undergoing tests for food allergy may help manage symptoms and slow polyp growth in these patients.

Consultation with a pulmonologist is generally reserved for patients with lower-airway allergy, asthma, or cystic fibrosis. In patients with a unilateral polyp or mass, a diagnostic algorithm is available. Chronic rhinosinusitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, inverting papilloma, and other neoplasms account for most cases involving unilateral polyps and must be considered. A thorough history and endoscopic examination are important for identifying possible disease processes as well as proper management.

Learn more about key aspects of the management of nasal polyps.


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