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The fight against nasal polyps is worth it

MedExpress Team


Published April 20, 2023 15:14

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Today is World Awareness Day for Chronic Sinusitis with Nasal Polyps (CPPN). Inaugurated on the occasion of this holiday, the "Do you have it?" campaign aims to change public perception of this disease entity and make patients aware of the symptoms that should prompt them to seek medical help.

Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps (CRPD) is a disease often marginalized by society and the patients themselves, despite the fact that it affects as much as 4% of the population, mainly young adults, and significantly impairs their quality of life. Contrary to popular belief, PMS is a serious respiratory disease that has an extremely negative impact on patients' lives.

- Polyps are raised formations resulting from inflammatory infiltration in the sinuses or nasal passages, which, depending on their size, we can see with the naked eye or during an endoscopic examination or CT scan. The lesions usually occur bilaterally. Sinusitis is a relatively common disease. It most often appears in its acute form as a consequence of a viral infection," explains Professor Maciej Kupczyk, a specialist in internal medicine, lung diseases and allergology from the Department of Internal Medicine, Asthma and Allergy at the Medical University of Lodz, president of the Polish Society of Allergology.

- As many as 70% of those surveyed who were diagnosed with chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps described its negative impact on their quality of life as either great or very great, describes the results of the survey on PAPD by its originator, Hubert Godziątkowski, chairman of the board of directors of the Polish Society of Atopic Diseases. - The patients' responses clearly illustrate the scale of the problem and give an idea of how much of a burden this disease is. Its symptoms significantly limit patients' ability to be socially and physically active.

Respondents who have been diagnosed with nasal polyps cited among their symptoms:

  • A feeling of nasal congestion (88%),
  • Impairment or loss of smell (66%),
  • The flow of secretions down the back wall of the throat (55%),
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