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Nasal Pimples & Sinus Pain

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Emily DeSerio has been a freelance writer since November 2009. DeSerio works in the mental health field as a clinical social worker. She began her higher level education at the University of South Florida (USF) with a B.A. in English and went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree at USF as well.
Nasal Pimples & Sinus Pain
A woman pinches the top of her nose as if she is having nasal pain. Photo Credit pius99/iStock/Getty Images

Nasal pimples, also called nasal polyps, are small growths along the lining of the sinus cavity that can block a person’s ability to properly drain mucus and breathe properly, according to the American Rhinologic Society. Small nasal pimples are considered harmless, but as they grow, the pimples can cause complications such as chronic sinusitis, nasal pain or chronic headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Definition

According to MERCK, nasal pimples are tear-shaped growths that form in or around the nasal openings. They are identified by their shape and size. When a nasal polyp is larger, it takes on the appearance of a peeled grape. The Mayo Clinic states that nasal pimples are more common in adults who suffer from allergies or asthma and children with cystic fibrosis.

Cause

The cause of nasal pimples is undetermined but is diagnosed easily by an eye, nose and throat specialist. The cause of sinus associated with nasal pimples is the pressure applied throughout the head from the pimple itself as well as the congestion produced from the polyp.

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Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with nasal pimples and sinus pain are a runny nose, headaches, tooth pain, eye pain, ear pain, congestion, postnasal drip, decreased smell and taste, as well as snoring, according to the Mayo Clinic. If sinus pain remains for more than 10 days, seek medical advice.

Treatment

Treatment begins with eliminating the nasal polyps. If pain is persistent, it will remain unless the nasal pimple is reduced or removed. The pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but should be used under a doctor’s supervision, advises the Mayo Clinic.

Common treatment to remove nasal pimples is the use of corticosteroid nasal sprays and surgery, according to MERCK. Nasal corticosteroid sprays are intended for long-term use and shrink the size of the pimples. If the nasal spray is ineffective, surgery may be required to remove the polyp.

Complications

Nasal pimples associated with pain should be observed by a doctor. If left untreated, the pain can develop into serious headaches that can impair your ability to function normally. Nasal polyps can lead to chronic sinus infections with constant nasal congestion, sinus pressure and pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Polyps can also lead to sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to randomly stop breathing during sleep. A more severe complication is facial structure distortion, such as an enlarged nose or wide-set eyes and could affect a person’s vision.

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