08-07-2012, 02:08 PM
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Nasal Polyps and allergy shots
I am 22 years old and a little over a year ago I was diagnosed with nasal polyps and I haven't gotten around to doing anything about it yet. It seems to only bother me when I am around certain allergens. During the Winter I am fine, I usually always have one nostril blocked and I can't remember ever breathing through both nostrils. But I suffer from Hay Fever and a dust allergy that really blocks up my nose during the Spring and Summer.
I am so uncomfortable right now, my polyps are inflamed and I can't get any air through my nose and the pressure is giving me bad headaches in the front of my head. It's also causing a lot of mucus to drip back into my throat because I am very congested right now as well. I have a lot of white spots and slits and crevices on my tonsils where the white spots hide and I need to dig them out, I'm guessing this is a result of the mucus going over my tonsils and infecting them? Will this go away if the mucus stops dripping back?
I have an appointment with an allergist and I will be getting allergy shots, I was told that this will prevent the polyps from becoming inflamed since the allergens won't have an effect anymore. I saw on these boards that taking Singulair can also reduce the polyps, should I ask the allergist about prescribing that as well or are allergy shots known to work pretty effectively against nasal polyps?
Last edited by kazo0; 08-07-2012 at 02:17 PM.
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08-08-2012, 11:28 AM
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Re: Nasal Polyps and allergy shots
Medically, you have a couple of options before even thinking about surgery to remove the polyps.
Generally, a short course of prednisone will shrink the polyps to a manageable size and daily singulair plus a steroid nasal spray can keep them from recurring (if your allergies are kept under control).
I would definitely talk to the allergist about singulair, a steroid nasal spray and possible a short course of prednisone.
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