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How Long Will It Take To Recover From Nasal Polyps & How Long Does The Symptoms Last?

Various symptoms are experienced by the patient with nasal polyps. The symptoms of nasal polyps are similar to sinusitis and normal cold. While sinusitis or general cold, in most of the cases may go away of their own, treatment is required for nasal polyps.

How Long Will It Take To Recover From Nasal Polyps?

Symptoms of nasal polyps are long term. In very few cases, where the nasal polyps are very small, the symptoms disappear on its own because of the automatic shrinking of outgrowths. However, most cases require treatment. The symptoms may remain until the condition is not treated with medications or surgery. Further, untreated nasal polyps may also lead to certain complications. The symptom of sinusitis and nasal polyps are similar, and the conditions can be differentiated on the basis of time of recovery from those symptoms. The symptoms of sinusitis last for 10 days or so while nasal polyps may lead to long term sinusitis4. It is also to be noted that untreated nasal polyps significantly reduce the quality of life and may lead to nasal bone damage. It may also cause widening of the nose. Further, risk of infections is high and the sinus cavity may get infected with bacteria of fungi.

If the nasal polyps are large and causing discomfort, it is prudent to get them treated either with medications or through surgery. Natural treatment and lifestyle changes may be used as an adjunct to the main therapy. Medications for treating nasal polyps include steroids, antiallergic and antibiotics. Steroids come in the form of nasal spray, administration through mouth and injectables. Antiallergic helps in reducing allergic reactions which is a reason for nasal polyp growth while antibiotics help to treat and preventing infection.

How Long Does The Symptoms Last?

Nasal polyps are the growth in the lining of the nasal cavity. They are benign and non-contagious condition and caused due to hyperactivity of the immune system. Nasal polyps may be small or large. Small nasal polyps do not have any major symptoms and do not impact the quality of life of the patient. However, large nasal polyps cause symptoms and medical interventions are required. Untreated nasal polyps may lead to certain complications. Following are the symptoms experienced by the patient suffering from nasal polyp:

Blocked Nose1: As the outgrowth occupies a considerable amount of space in the nasal cavity, the patient feels like his nose has been blocked.

Postnasal Drip1. As there is an accumulation of mucus in the nasal cavity due to improper drainage, postnasal drip occurs. It is the process in which mucus moves into the back of the throat.

Vision Changes1. Nasal polyps stop the flow of mucus and promote the accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavity. This increases the risk of infection. If the infection is caused by a fungus, there are high chances that the patient may experience a double vision.

Headache1. Because of the pressure inside the nasal cavity and simultaneous swelling and inflammation, there is a pressure experienced in the forehead.

Altered Taste1. Patient with nasal polyps have altered taste. In some patients, the taste cannot be revived even after treating nasal polyps.

Nasal Congestion2. Patient with nasal polyp experiences nasal congestion. This is due to the reduced flow of mucus due to the blockage of passage by nasal polyps.

Runny Nose2. Chronic runny nose is experienced by the patient and the symptom is similar to the symptoms of a cold.

Reduced Sense Of Smell3. Smelling capacity of the patient suffering from nasal polyps is significantly reduced.

Sleep Apnea3. Obstructive sleep apnea is the symptom in severe cases of nasal polyps. The patient may not be able to sleep properly because of the obstruction in the breathing process by nasal polyps.


Nasal polyps are the outgrowths and symptoms last for a long time until the treatment is provided to the patient. Treatment may be medications or surgery.


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Last Modified On:June 21, 2019

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