Nasal polyps are pulpy, non cancerous and soft extra growth of the cells into nostril wall.This article discusses in detail the home remedies to treat the 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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If drugs are not helpful in shrinking or eliminating nasal polyps, endoscopic surgery is performed. Here, the polyp is removed after a small tube is inserted through the nose to the sinus.
The exact cause is still not known. Chronic inflammation or irritation of the nasal passages or sinuses are believed to give rise to them. Some conditions that can cause such chronic irritation are asthma, aspirin sensitivity, sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, and vitamin D deficiency.
Topical, systemic, or injectable corticosteroids are the treatment of choice for nasal polyps. Your doctor might also prescribe antibiotics and antihistamines along with corticosteroids.
Nasal polyps can be very small and painless, and usually, do not cause symptoms. They mostly will not disappear without treatment. Medications can shrink and make them fall off.
There is no known natural treatment for nasal polyps that will completely eliminate them. Some home remedies that might ease the symptoms are using a neti pot or nasal irrigation, steam inhalation, tea tree oil, chamomile, turmeric, eucalyptus, peppermint, garlic, and ginger.
No, nasal polyps are soft and painless growth. As such, they do not cause any symptoms, but if the polyp is too big, it blocks the nasal or sinus passage and causes symptoms like runny nose, postnasal drip, loss of taste, snoring, and nosebleeds.
Foods or food allergy do not cause nasal polyps
Antibiotics are only prescribed if the nasal polyp is present along with bacterial sinus infection. Otherwise, corticosteroid sprays or medicines are used to treat nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps are yellowish-brown to pinkish in color and the size varies. Initially, they are teardrops shaped, but the mature ones look like peeled grapes.
The treatment is usually started with corticosteroids. Even the bigger polyps shrink and disappear, but if the sinus or nasal irritation is not treated, it recurs. If medicines are not effective, then endoscopic surgery is done.
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