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Nasal Polyps

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, non-cancerous grape-like growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses.

Overview

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, non-cancerous grape-like growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. They hang down like teardrops or grapes. They result from chronic inflammation and are associated with asthma, recurrent infections, allergies, drug sensitivities, or certain immune disorders.

Nasal polyps

Small nasal polyps may not cause symptoms. Large growths or clusters of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or cause breathing problems, a lost sense of smell, and frequent infections.

Nasal polyps can affect anyone, but they are more common in adults. Medications can often shrink but not eliminate nasal polyps, but surgery is sometimes needed to remove them. Even after treatment, nasal polyps often return after some time.

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Symptoms

Nasal polyps are associated with irritation and inflammation (inflammation) of the lining of your nasal passages and sinuses that lasts for more than 10 to 12 weeks (chronic sinusitis).

However, chronic sinusitis can occur even without nasal polyps.

Nasal polyps themselves are soft and lack sensation, so if they are small, you may not know you have them. Multiple growths or a large polyp blocking your nasal passages and sinuses.

Common symptoms of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps may include:

  • A runny nose
  • Constant fullness
  • Post nasal drip
  • Lack or absent sense of smell
  • Loss of sense of taste
  • Facial pain or headache
  • Pain in your upper teeth
  • A feeling of pressure on your forehead and face
  • Snoring
  • Frequent runny nose
  • When to see a doctor

See a DAD Ayurveda doctor if your symptoms last for more than 10 days. The symptoms of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps are similar to those of many other conditions, including the common cold.

Get immediate medical care or call 7976808977 or your local emergency number if you experience:

  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Sudden worsening of your symptoms
  • Double vision, low vision, or limited ability to move your eyes
  • Severe swelling around your eyes
  • Severe headache with high fever or inability to tilt your head forward

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Cause

Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes nasal polyps, why some people develop long-term inflammation, or why irritation and inflammation (inflammation) trigger polyps in some people and not in others. It is caused by inflammation in the fluid-producing lining (mucous membrane) of your nose and sinuses.

There is some evidence that people who develop polyps have different immune system responses and different chemical markers in their mucous membranes than those who do not develop polyps.

Nasal polyps can form at any age, but they are more common in young and middle-aged adults.

Nasal polyps can form anywhere in your sinuses or nasal passages, but they most often appear in the area where you have sinuses near your eyes, nose, and nose.

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Risk

Any condition that triggers long-term irritation and inflammation (inflammation) in your nasal passages or sinuses, such as an infection or allergy, can increase your risk of developing nasal polyps.

Conditions often associated with nasal polyps include:

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways to swell (inflame) and narrow

Aspirin sensitivity

Allergic fungal sinusitis is an allergy to airborne fungi

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that results in abnormally thick, viscous fluid in the body, including thick mucus from the lining of the nose and sinuses.

Churg-Strauss syndrome (eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis), is a rare disease that causes swelling of the blood

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Vitamin D deficiency, which occurs when your body doesn’t have enough vitamin D

Your family history may also play a role. There is some evidence that certain genetic variations linked to immune system function make you more likely to develop nasal polyps.

Complications

Nasal polyps can cause complications because they block normal airflow and fluid drainage, and also because of irritation and swelling (inflammation) long in their development.

Possible complications include:

Obstructive sleep apnea. This is a potentially serious condition in which you stop while you sleep and start breathing frequently.

Asthma flare-up chronic sinusitis can worsen asthma.

Sinus Infection. Nasal polyps can make you more vulnerable to frequent sinus infections.

Redressal

You can help reduce the chance of developing nasal polyps or reoccurring nasal polyps after treatment with the following strategies:

Manage allergies and asthma. Follow DAD Ayurveda’s treatment recommendations. If your symptoms are not well controlled, talk to DAD Ayurveda about changing your treatment plan.

Avoid nasal irritation. As much as possible, avoid breathing airborne substances that can cause inflammation or irritation in your nose and sinuses, such as allergens, tobacco smoke, chemical fumes, dust, and fine debris.

Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. It is one of the best ways to protect against bacterial and viral infections that can cause inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses.

Moisturize your house. Using a humidifier can help moisten your breathing passages, improve the flow of mucus from your sinuses, and help prevent blockages and inflammation. Clean the humidifier daily to prevent bacteria from growing.

Use a nasal rinse. Use salt water (saline) spray or nasal wash to rinse your nasal passage. It can improve mucus flow and ward off allergies and other irritants.

You can buy a nasal wash kit with over-the-counter saline spray or tools such as a neti pot or squeeze bottle to rinse.

Use water that is distilled, sterile, first boiled for one minute, and cooled, or filtered using a filter of 1 µm or smaller in size to create an irrigation solution. Wash the irrigation device with distilled, sterilized, previously boiled, or filtered water after each use and leave it open to air dry.

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