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Home Remedies for Nasal Polyps

Written by Dr. Vidhi Hareshbhai Talati and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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What Are Nasal Polyps

  • Nasal polyps are pulpy, non cancerous and soft extra growth of the cells into nostril wall.
  • They are yellow, pink or red in color. Most common location is at junction of nasal cavity and sinuses.
  • There are many different shapes of it such as tear drop shaped, and peeled grapes.
  • There are many signs and symptoms associated with it such as flu, frequent headache, nasal congestion, recurrent common cold, asthma, sinusitis, nasal twang in voice, running nose, allergies, and other respiratory diseases.
  • When it is small in nature, it does not require any treatment and gets cured by itself.
  • But when it is large in nature, it restricts the outflow of the mucus from sinus. This will aggravate the condition due to accumulation of mucus. Mucus become infected and cause inflammation.
  • There are many treatments available for shrinkage of growth of nasal polyps, but the most popular and effective are the natural remedies.

Natural and Home Remedies to Treat Nasal Polyps

There are many options available to treat this condition effectively and quickly. They are as follows:

Use of saline nasal spray: Epsom salt is well dissolved in warm distilled water. A plastic made syringe is used to administer this solution in each nostril at two hours interval. It relieves the symptoms like nasal inflammation and decongestion.

Steam inhalation: Inhaling steam at regular time duration throughout the day time may also decrease nasal congestion and therefore the different symptoms associated with it. The fundamental procedure involves that boiling water is boiled into one pot with some amount of vaporizer and the steam should be breathed in.

Use of apple cider vinegar: Most effective remedy is inhalation of the steam of apple cider vinegar. 10 ml vinegar is well mixed with hot water and inhale this steam throughout the day. It washes out the bacteria and infectious material from nostril and helps to relieve congestion. It also works as lubricant which reduces the inflammation.

Use of turmeric powder: It has strong anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antipyretic properties. One tablespoon of turmeric should be well mixed with one glass of hot milk and have it twice in a day. It accelerates the healing process as well as reduces the production of extra mucus from nasal cavity.

Intake of garlic: It has high antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It removes the infectious material and prevents the growth of polyp. It also helps in drainage of mucus. Take very finely chopped garlic with hot water twice a day for better results.

Tea tree oil: It causes shortening of polyp. It has high antibiotic activity. Take one cotton wool and dip it with oil and put it into affected the nostril. It also prevents the recurrence of this disease

Use of pepper: A special type such as cayenne pepper contains high concentration of capsaicin. This chemical has the ability to reduce the size of extra growth in the nostril. It is the best treatment for intense headache associated with nasal polyps.

Intake of pineapple: Pineapple contains a substance named bromelain which helps to destroy the extra cells and decreases the size of polyp. Immunity of the sinus cavity is well maintained by frequent and regular intake of this fruit.

Mixture of different varieties of oil: Take equal quantity of eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and grape seed oil in a container. Administer this mixture into nostril twice a day for one to two weeks depending upon the severity of the disease. It reduces the severity as well as size and inflammation.

External application with hydrogen peroxide: It has high antibiotic property. Take one cotton swab and dip it into solution of hydrogen peroxide and place it on the affected area for half an hour. It cause shrinkage of polyp as well as it makes respiration process easier and improves the sense of smell. Dosage - two times in a day for five days. Discomfort and irritation are common complications associated with it.

Application of castor oil: It is very effective. It reduces the need for surgery. Intake of one to two tablespoons of castor oil daily reduces the risk of occurrence. It is best advisable to take it orally. It eliminates the moisture content of the polyp and makes it dry. Once it becomes dry, it reduces in size. It also strengthens the immune system of human. It also kills the bacteria and fungus which are responsible for it.

Use of goldenseal: It is effective against candida organism’s infection. It improves the environment of the nasal cavity. It also improves the lymphatic drainage and removes the organisms from affected area. It also disinfects the sinus membrane.

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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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