Fast Five Quiz: Nasal Polyps Nonsurgical Management

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA


June 29, 2020

Topical nasal corticosteroids provoke a nonspecific anti-inflammatory response that may reduce the size of polyps and inhibit regrowth. As a class, corticosteroids are the only medications that have been shown to be effective for shrinking polyps. However, their effects tend to be short-lasting (weeks to months). A recent study found a combination of oral and nasal corticosteroids may be an effective treatment option for patients with severe chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.

Leukotriene receptor antagonists can prevent or reverse some of the pathologic features associated with the inflammatory process mediated by leukotrienes and may be a treatment option for nasal polyps.

Interleukin inhibitors may reduce polyp size and symptom burden.

Learn more about the nonsurgical treatment of nasal polyps.


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