What are nasal polyps?
If you have ever felt your cold always remains without going away, even with the use of nasal medication. It may be due to nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are known as the benign growth of the lining tissues of your nose. This condition is the overgrowth of mucosa which frequently accompanies allergic rhinitis.
The causes of nasal polyps
The nasal polyps are a growth that occurs in the inflamed tissues of the nasal mucosa. Mucosa is a wet layer that protects the inside of the nose and sinus by humidifying the air you breathe. During an allergy induced irrigation or infection, your nasal mucosal becomes red and swollen. This may lead to the production of fluid that drips out. If the irritation is prolonged, it may form a polyp. When polyp grows, it can cause a nasal blockage.
Some people develop polyps without the history of any nasal problem; many things can trigger the development of polyps. The following are the common trigger for the growth of polyps;
- A chronic or reoccurring sinus infection
- Cyst fibrosis
- Allergic rhinitis or hay fever
- Sensitivity to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
There is the tendency of some people inheriting nasal polyps due to the way their genes make the mucosa to react to inflammation.
The symptoms of nasal polyps
The nasal polyps are painless, soft growth inside your nasal passage. They mostly occur where the upper sinuses drain into the nose. Polyps lack nerve sensation. Therefore, you may not know you have it. Meanwhile, polyps can grow big enough to block the nasal passage, thereby resulting in chronic congestion. The symptoms of polyps include;
- Runny nose
- Sensation of a blocked nose
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal stuffiness
- Postnasal drip
- Breathing through the mouth
- Reduced smelling sense
- Sleep apnea
- Feeling of pressure in the face or forehead
If you have a sinus infection in addition to polyps, it may result in a headache.
REMEDIES FOR NASAL POLYPS
We can only use natural solution to polyps that are not severe. If you detect any of the symptoms above, please visit your doctor. The following are the natural remedies you can employ in taking care of your nasal polyps;
- Boost your immune system by eating vegetables and fruits that a very rich in vitamin C. Take fruits like; lemon, orange, grapefruit, guava, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, melons and Brussels sprout.
- Use capsaicin content of the cayenne pepper.
- Take tea tree oil
- Use Castor oil
- Use horseradish
- Try frequent nasal rinse by using saltwater solution.
Nasal polyps may not be a serious problem, if it’s not well taken care of, it may grow too big.