Before you make an appointment with a doctor or another medical professional,you should perform a brief self-diagnosis to verify you may have nasal polyps (Please be aware that this in no way should substitute for a proper medical diagnosis and is only used as a rough guide to start with.)
Look out for any changes in your ability to smell. Sinus polyp growths will obstruct the airway in your nasal passages restricting your ability to smell correctly. Also, do you suffer from the other polyps in nose symptoms, like nasal congestion, runny nose, mouth breathing and snoring?
Should you be not be able to smell as well as you used to be (in addition to the other mentioned symptoms), it is a possibility that you may have nasal polyps.
If you strongly suspect that you may have sinus polyps, make an appointment with your doctor to get a correct diagnosis.
Your physician may be able to diagnose the presence of nose polyps via the use of a simple lighted instrument, however more advanced diagnostic tests may be necessary. These tests include…
- Nasal endoscopy – This involves the insertion of a narrow tube with a tiny camera into your nasal cavity that enables your ENT specialist to make a detailed examination and determine the existence of polyps.
- X-rays and Imagining Examinations (CT or Computerised Tomography Scans) – This will enable your specialist to pinpoint the exact location of the nasal polyps and determine the extent of their severity. These examinations are also useful in establishing the existence of other abnormalities in the nasal cavity, such as cancerous or other benign growths.
- Allergy tests – In addition to testing for polyps via conventional diagnostic means like Diagnostic Imaging and Nasal Endoscopy, your doctor may suggest an allergy skin test to see if allergies are contributing to chronic inflammation. These tests are done via a skin prick test (whereby a minute quantity of an allergen is pricked into the skin and its reaction observed) or a blood test that screens for particular antigens.
- Test for Cystic Fibrosis – If your child has been diagnosed with nasal polyps, your doctor may advise testing for cystic fibrosis. This genetic disorder is tested via a non-invasive sweat test, which will determine the level of salt present in your child’s sweat.