Nasal polyps are soft and non-cancerous growths that develops inside the sinuses and nose. They can grow larger and can block the airways and makes it difficult to breathe. They are caused by chronic inflammation from asthma, allergies, sensitivity to drugs and immune disorders. Adults are more susceptible to this condition but can affect anyone.
Symptoms of nasal polyps
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Severe runny or stuffed nose
- Feeling that the nose is clogged when there is no mucus present
- Pressure on the face or forehead
- Pain on the upper row of teeth
- Postnasal drip where excess mucus spreads at the back of the throat
- Breathing through the mouth
- Sleep apnea
- Suffering from asthma
- Chronic or recurring sinus infections
- Cystic fibrosis
- Alleric rhinitis
- Churg-strauss syndrome
- Sensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Get plenty of sleep every night. Sleep at least 7-8 hours every day.
- Use the prescribed steroid sprays to lessen the size of the nasal polyps
- Use steroidal nasal drops to lessen the nasal polyps as well as clears the congestion and promotes easier breathing. It takes about 7-14 days for the nasal polyps to shrink. Continue using the nasal drops for another 4-6 weeks.
- Take the prescribed oral corticosteroid to lessen the swelling and inflammation and reduce the size of the nasal polyps. Take the steroid for at least 7-10 days.
- Use a saline rinse in clearing the nose and sinuses. Saline is a mixture of salt and water works be lessening the inflammation in the nose and dry the mucus that blocks the nasal passageways.
- Steam inhalation can be done to open the nasal passages and thin out thick mucus secretions due to the congestion.
- Perform exercises every day to keep the body and the immune system healthy for at least 30 minutes at 3-5 times every week. Exercises are needed for fast metabolism and boost the strength of the immune system. Perform cardiovascular exercises such as biking, running, swimming and walking. For strength and flexibility training, it includes weight lifting, stretching and yoga.