Nasal polyps are small growths that can accumulate in the nasal passages and sinuses. Most of the time, people are unaware of their existence. Many polyps are too small to cause issues other than some occasional sinus infections or symptoms. For these mild instances of polyps, many patients do not seek treatment, often because they do not believe they need to. However, more severe cases can require medical treatment and/or surgery. This leads many patients to ask, “Can nasal polyps go away on their own?”
The short answer is no. Without treatment or surgery, nasal polyps will stick around. Of course, an accident of some type could remove or rip one out, but this is rare and would require medical care after the fact. If a patient has no symptoms or issues caused by their nasal polyps, then it usually does not matter unless more polyps appear or their existing ones grow in size.
The only way to effectively remove nasal polyps is with surgery. It could be any form of sinus surgery or a surgery specifically to remove the polyps. Even this does not guarantee that polyps will not reappear, but it should remove your existing, problematic polyps. To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos, call us at 206-242-3696. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.