Living With CRSwNP

With new ways to identify CRSwNP and evolving medications to treat it, patients now have additional methods to help manage their CRSwNP. However, CRSwNP also affects a patient’s lifestyle since it can affect patients anywhere and at any time.

One of the biggest challenges with CRSwNP is managing your day-to-day life outside of the doctor’s office.1 How can patients learn to help themselves to lead the most fulfilling life with the lowest disease burden?

Options for facing your CRSwNP symptoms include:

  • Do not underestimate the burden of CRSwNP—it’s a challenging condition!
  • Learn about the possible treatments for CRSwNP.
  • Address the psychological aspects of CRSwNP (anxiety, depression).
  • Actively participate in your care with your clinician(s).
  • Educate your family and friends.
  • Download apps for CRSwNP information.

Open communication is very important. Ask your clinician as many questions as you can think of, and bring a family member or friend to doctor visits so they are informed as well. Request as much follow-up as you need to answer any questions. Remember, your caregivers are there because they want to help you. Working together with them is one of the most important aspects of your care!


  1. Claeys N, Teeling M, Legrand P, et al. Patients unmet needs in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps care: a Patient Advisory Board statement of EUFOREA. Front Allergy. 2021;2:761388.

Scientific Council

Neil M. Bressler, MD

James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO

Specializing in Diabetes Eye Care & Education, Chous Eye Care Associates
Adjunct Professor of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences
AOA Representative, National Diabetes Education Program
Tacoma, WA

Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO

Chief of Optometry, Sepulveda VA Medical Center
Professor, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Sepulveda, CA

Julia A. Haller, MD

Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Allen C. Ho, MD, FACS

Director, Retina Research
Wills Eye Hospital
Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Philadelphia, PA

Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD

Director of Research, Retina Consultants of Houston
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Blanton Eye Institute & Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

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CLEAR Initiative

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyplosis (CRSwNP) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the nasal mucosa and paranasal sinuses that is associated with significant morbidity and reduced quality of life.

The pathophysiology of CRSwNP is associated with local and systemic inflammation, with ongoing symptoms of nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, and loss of smell. These symptoms result in a significant burden on patients.

As one of the most common medical conditions in the US, CRSwNP has a predominately type 2 inflammatory endotype. It is typically treated with medical management consisting of inhaled corticosteroids, oral corticosteroid bursts, and saline irrigation. Leukotriene antagonists and antibiotics are also used, and if medical management fails, surgical intervention is typically chosen. Additionally, biologics that target type 2 inflammation are now available. These have been or will be approved for use in these patients.

Our CLEAR program is an online tool that aims to provide clinicians and patients with up-to-date information on the presentation, prognosis, pathophysiology, and treatment strategies for individuals with CRSwNP. Our goal is to provide information that empowers clinicians and patients to speak openly about treatment decisions and improve the standard of care for patients with this challenging disease.

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