If you’re experiencing dizziness, you may be wondering what the underlying cause is. There are many possible causes of this symptom, and getting to the bottom of what is causing it for you is key to seeking proper treatment. In this post, we provide an overview of one underlying cause that may surprise you: nasal polyps.
What Are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are soft, painless, benign growths that form on the lining of your nasal passages and sinuses. They are usually the result of chronic inflammation, oftentimes from allergies or recurring sinus infections.
Small nasal polyps don’t usually cause any symptoms, but larger ones can. In addition to dizziness, large nasal polyps can cause:
- Runny nose.
- Postnasal drip.
- Decreased sense of smell or taste.
- Facial pain or pressure.
- Frequent nosebleeds.
How Do Nasal Polyps Cause Dizziness?
Nasal polyps can lead to dizziness because the nasal and sinus passageways are closely linked to the function of the ear, which contains the vestibular system that helps you balance.
When the tissues of the nose and sinuses become inflamed and nasal polyps form, it can block the Eustachian tubes. The Eustachian tubes’ job is to allow fluid to drain from the middle ear to the back of the throat and to allow air pressure to equalize. A blockage can result in negative pressure in the middle ear, leading to problems with the vestibular system. This causes dizziness and vertigo.
Problems with the Eustachian tubes is known as Eustachian tube dysfunction.
How Can I Prevent Dizziness from Nasal Polyps?
The best way to prevent dizziness from nasal polyps is to manage conditions that cause inflammation in the nose and sinuses.
Allergies can be managed by practicing avoidance of known allergens, taking a daily antihistamine found at Ingles Pharmacy and undergoing immunotherapy.
Sinus infections can be managed by rinsing the sinuses with saline solution, taking antibiotics and getting surgery, if necessary.
How Can I Treat Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are first treated with corticosteroids, which may be taken orally or as a nasal spray. If medications do not resolve symptoms, polyps may need to be surgically removed. For more information about nasal polyps or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy today.