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Today my family doctor diagnosed one sided nasal polyps & prescribed a steroid nasal spray. I do not suffer from any allergies nor have I suffered any cold virus recently. My blocked & painful nose came on quite suddenly. Do one sided nasal polyps give greater cause for concern than nasal polyps that are present in both nostrils, should I seek further medical advice?


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replied August 11th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A15152
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
Your concern seems to be antrochoanal polyps which arise from the maxillary sinuses and are the much less common. Antrochoanal polyps are usually single and unilateral. Symptoms of polyps include nasal block, sinusitis and secondary infections leading to headache. Nasal polyps are most commonly thought to be caused by allergy and rarely by cystic fibrosis although a significant number are associated with non-allergic adult asthma or no respiratory or allergic trigger can be demonstrated sometimes as in your case. Whether it is one sided or both, it is a matter of concern. Nasal polyps are most often treated with steroids, but can also be treated with surgical methods. Despite removal by surgery, nasal polyps are found to reoccur in about 70% of cases.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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