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What Are The Different Treatments For Nasal Polyps?

Added: Wednesday, March 6th 2019 at 10:38pm by chimecycle18

The abnormal growth in the nose and sinuses is called nasal polyps. These are inflamed tissues that look like small grapes that are attached to the nasal lining.

As you get older, there are chances of you getting nasal polyps. This problem is more common in men as compared to women.  It is rarely seen in children except in the case of a child having cystic fibrosis.

People suffering from nasal polyps may experience nose congestion, runny nose, reduced smell, postnasal drip, facial pain, headache, difficulty in breathing and other such symptoms.

Lot of research has been done to find the real cause of nasal polyps . Some of the common causes are allergic reaction, asthma, environmental pollution, sinusitis, nasal inflammation, aspirin reaction and others.

Types of Treatment

The first line of treatment is given for reducing the inflammation in the nose. Normally steroids are prescribed that has to be inhaled through the nose. If this does not work then oral steroids are prescribed.

Then there are some antileukotrienes that are used for treating nasal polyps and asthma.

There some antibiotics that may be prescribed for reducing the size of polyps.

If the problem is being triggered due to aspirin then aspirin desensitization therapy may be recommended.

If allergy is causing the problem then you may be prescribed antihistamines to reduce the allergic reaction.

Your doctor may advice you to move away from the place allergens are present or you may be recommended steps to remove allergens.

There are several homeopathic medicines that are known to be effective for treating nasal polyps. Of course, these medicines are recommended after analyzing the history of the patient and ascertaining the root cause. Normally homeopathic medicines provide holistic treatment and you may have to take these medicines for a long time.

There are several herbal treatment options that seem to be good. Herbs like turmeric, castor oil, cayenne pepper, tea tree oil and chamomile are highly effective for treating nasal polyps.

Another popular method for treating nasal polyps is by rinsing the sinuses using sterilized salt water.  A device called neti pot is often used for this purpose.

If none of treatments work and the patient continue to have the symptoms then surgery is often recommended. However even after surgery polyps may come back after few months to few years. In order to prevent regrowth it is important to treat the root cause of the problem.

After a surgery patients are advised to inhale nasal steroids in order to keep the polyps from returning back.

Sometimes nasal polyps can cause other complications if not treated properly.  One of the common complications is sinus infection. This can become chronic and cause lot of trouble for the patient.

If the nasal polyps become very large in size then they can block the airways leading to reduced oxygen supply to the body. Due to less oxygen one may get up at night and suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can make a person feel very tired during the day. This is why it is necessary to treat nasal polyps in a timely way.

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