What Are the Possible Complications of Nasal Polyps?

Here’s why it’s worth it to seek treatment early.

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The symptoms of nasal polyps can be really unpleasant to live with. Without treatment, those symptoms may become worse. Worse, it may lead to more health problems or complications of nasal polyps.

Complications of Nasal Polyps

Beyond the common symptoms of nasal polyps, you may also be at risk for the following:

  • Facial pressure and swelling from sinus infections
  • Eye pain and swelling
  • Reduced vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Meningitis (rarely)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Voice problems and hoarseness
  • Frequent cough
  • Chronic bronchitis or other lower respiratory tract diseases
  • Sleep apnea

Nasal Polyps and Sleep Apnea

People with nasal polyps have an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a type of sleep disorder that happens when something obstructs (or blocks) the airways. In this case, the nasal polyps are blocking the nose.

If you have sleep apnea, breathing may pause from time to time, causing you to wake up often throughout the night. As a result, this may harm the amount of sleep you get at night, and reduce the quality of your sleep. Even if you don’t notice yourself waking up at night, you might feel very tired during the daytime.

Reducing the Risk of Complications

To avoid complications of nasal polyps like sleep apnea, early treatment is important. Treatment may help shrink nasal polyps and reduce symptoms, or prevent nasal polyps from coming back. Talk to your doctor if you think you have nasal polyps so you can start treatment and find relief.