Could nasal polyps be the cause of your stuffy nose?

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Are you blaming your stuffy nose on seasonal allergies or a cold? If these symptoms don’t go away, they may be tied to something more serious like nasal polyps. These noncancerous growths can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, sinus pressure and other symptoms that aren’t unique to this condition. Johns Hopkins otolaryngologist Jean Kim, M.D., Ph.D., answers important questions about nasal polyps to help you understand what they are and how to get rid of them.

What are nasal polyps and where are they located?

Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths that may form inside nasal passages and sinuses — the spaces behind your nose and cheeks.

  • They typically form in clusters.
  • Nasal polyps can develop on either or both sides of the nose.
  • They are pear-shaped and vary in size from microscopic to several centimeters.