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Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, painless and non-cancerous growths that develops on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. The growths develop due to chronic inflammation of asthma, allergies, recurring infections, sensitivity to drugs or immune disorders.

Small-sized nasal polyps does not cause symptoms, but the larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can cause blockage of the nasal passages that result to problems with breathing, loss of sense of smell and frequent infections. Frequent snoring is the result of the blockage. Nasal polyps can affect anyone but adults are more susceptible to this condition.

Symptoms

Nasal polyps

Small-sized nasal polyps does not cause symptoms, but the larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can cause blockage of the nasal passages that result to problems with breathing, loss of sense of smell and frequent infections.

  • Nasal polyps are usually soft and have no sensation.
  • Postnasal drip
  • Persistent stuffiness
  • Runny nose
  • Itchiness around the eyes
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Pain can be felt on the upper teeth
  • Facial pain and headache
  • Pressure can be felt over the forehead and face
  • Snoring

If the individual experiences double vision, incapable of moving the eyes, severe swelling around the eyes and severe headache with high fever and inability to tip the head, it is vital to seek medical help immediately.

Treatment

  • Prepare a saline nasal spray solution by mixing a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a glass filled with warm water. Mix well until salt is completely dissolved and then place the solution in an empty nasal spray bottle and then spray into each nostril at regular intervals throughout the day. Regular use of the nasal spray helps in preventing the development of nasal polyps.
  • Inhaling steam regularly throughout the day helps with nasal congestion and the symptoms of nasal polyps. Boil some water in a basin then cover the head along with the pot using a thick blanket and then instruct the individual to inhale the steam that arises from the vessel. Steam inhalation helps clear the nasal cavities of blockages and infection that can be caused by the polyps.
  • Taking a hot bath or shower also helps lessen the symptoms of nasal polyps. Soak the body in bath tub filled with hot water or allow the hot running water from the shower to hit the face directly to lessen the nasal congestion and minimize inflammation caused by the polyps.
  • Inhale the steam from a solution of hot water and apple cider vinegar. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar and 3 cups of hot water. Inhaling the steam of this solution helps relieve nasal congestion caused by the nasal polyps.
  • Mix 3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 3 tablespoon of honey and a cup hot water. Drink this solution at least 2 times every day – one in the morning and another at night. Apple cider vinegar has a detoxifying ingredient that helps in removing mucus and reduces the risk for infections caused by the polyps.
  • Increase the intake of vitamin C and citrus fruits which is needed by the body to help prevent illnesses and infections. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system of the body.
  • Perform deep breathing exercises regularly at least 10 minutes of deep breathing from each nostril while covering the other nostril. Perform these exercises in the morning, noon and night for best results.

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