Dry weather with low humidity can be a nightmare with those of nasal problems. Some common conditions include asthma, allergies, sinusitis and nasal polyps. Those conditions are often interrelated, but if you are suffering from unstoppable runny nose, loss of sense of smell, difficulty with breathing, then nasal polyps may be the reason.
Nasal polyps occur when fleshy swellings grow in the mucous lining of the nose or sinuses. They are yellow or pink and develop either on their own or in clusters.
Tiny nasal polyps do not cause big problems but the larger ones can clog the sinuses and cause breathing troubles. Nasal polyps do not cause cancer though, the severe discomfort it breeds makes us rush to find solutions to it immediately.
But first, check with the list of symptoms below to confirm your situation:
It is very easy for the large nasal polyps to be recognized, but not the smaller ones. Refer the following common symptoms to ensure the situation:
- Chronic runny nose
- Postnasal drip (a sensation when too much mucus keeps dripping out to the back of the throat)
- A feeling that your nose is blocked (nasal congestion)
- No sense of smell or weak sense of smell
- No sense of taste
- Facial pain (in some cases, serious nasal polyps can alter the facial shape)
- Itching around eyes
- Severe cases include: Sleep apnea , double vision
So what leads to nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps develop when the tissue of the nasal mucosa gets inflamed. During that time, the nasal mucosa gets swollen, becomes red and produces liquid which runs down in the throat. Time to time, the mucosa will make a polyp. When the polyp gets bigger in size, it can obstruct the nasal passages. Here are links to polyp growth:
- Recurring or chronic sinus infections
- Cystic fibrosis
- Allergic rhinitis
- Hay fever
- Churg-Strauss syndrome (a disorder causing blood vessel inflammation)
How to cope with nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps is not that serious and can be treated at home. Top 6 natural tips below can help you deal with nasal polyps on your own.
1. Steam inhalation:
Keeping a routine of inhaling steam everyday can help remove the nasal congestion and other discomforts.
How to use?
- Prepare a bowl of boiling water and a thick blanket
- Cover your head with the blanket and inhale the steam from the bowl
- Try to breathe with your nose (through both nostrils or each of them alternatively). By that you can get rid of the blockages effectively.
- Keep doing it daily for quick improvement
- Note: You can drop some peppermint leaves into the boiling water for better treatment.
2. Epsom salt:
Using epsom salt is also an effective way to deal with nasal problems such as sleep apnea, including nasal polyps.
How to use:
- Dissolve one teaspoon of epsom salt with warm water
- Put the mixture into a spray bottle
- Use it as a nasal drop to eliminate nasal polyps
- Use it every day to have best results.
Note: do not prepare much nasal drop from epsom salt for uses in a few days, because that can reduce the benefit of epsom salt.
Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral properties which help a lot with nasal polyp removal.
How to use:
- Put some slices of ginger into water and boil it up for about 10 minutes
- Strain the mixture for better use
- Add some honey or lemon juice
- Eat the mixture twice a day (at least)
- Apply this method for a week
Curcumin element found in turmeric which is known as a pain killing substance can greatly help stop swollen sinuses then assist the treatment for nasal polyps.
How to use?
- Put some powdered turmeric into warm water
- Rinse your mouth daily with the mixture.
- Or you can mix the turmeric powder with warm milk to instant consuming.
Onion is an effective treatment for decongestion. Added that , sulfur compounds contained in onion greatly help prevent infections caused by bacteria and fungus.
How to use?
- Put some slices of onion into water and boil it up for 5 minutes
- While boiling the mixture, you can inhale the steam arising
- After the onion is boiled, you can eat it
- Try to do so 2-3 times every day.
- Apply this method for a few weeks until you see improvement.
Garlic is known for its ability to beat sinus infection due to the antibiotic properties found in it. To use garlic for nasal polyp treatment, you can apply the same process as using onion.
Moreover, you can consume some cloves of raw garlic to enjoy the most benefits.
Nasal polyps can occur to everyone especially with those of related diseases such as asthma, allergies, sinusitis. Although, there is no direct way to prevent nasal polyps, some advices to help yourself stay away from such related diseases can assist your protection from nasal polyps.
- Wear a mask in a dusty, polluted environment and in environment with irritant and rhinitis allergies as well
- Rinse the nasal cavity with diluted saline solution every day
- If the runny-nose problem lasts for long, call doctor for proper cure before the infection of the nasal cavity becomes worse.