A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Nasal Polyps
I had a question the other day about nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps are common, noncancerous, teardrop-shaped growths forming in your nose or sinuses, usually around the area where your sinuses open into your nasal cavity.
Mature nasal polyps look like seedless, peeled grapes.
Often associated with allergies or asthma, nasal polyps may cause no symptoms, especially if they’re small, and don’t need treatment.
But larger nasal polyps can block normal drainage from your sinuses.
When too much mucus accumulates in your sinuses, it can become infected, which accounts for the thick, discolored drainage in your nose and throat.
Usually, they’re thought to result from chronic inflammation or a family tendency to develop nasal polyps.
In most cases, nasal polyps respond to treatment with medications or surgery.
Because they can recur after successful treatment, however, continued medical therapy is often necessary.
Most people with nasal polyps have runny nose, sneezing, and postnasal drip; about 75% have a decreased sense of smell.
Many people also develop asthmatic symptoms like wheezing, sinus infections, and sensitivity to fumes, odors, dusts, and chemicals.
Less commonly, people with nasal polyps also have a severe allergy to aspirin and reaction to yellow dyes.
If you have nasal polyps, you have an increased risk of chronic sinusitis.
When nasal polyps become particularly large, they can push your nasal bones apart and broaden your nasal bridge.
If you have a severe allergy to aspirin or yellow dyes, you should consult your doctor for evaluation of nasal polyps.
Nasal polyps can affect people of any age, but they’re most common in adults over age 40, and are twice as likely to affect men as women.
They rarely affect children under age 10.
Some research suggests nasal polyps may develop in nearly 1/3 of people with asthma but only in about 2% of people who have seasonal allergies and no diagnosis of asthma.
To deal with nasal polyps it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified (chlorine-free) water.
*Eat a high-fiber diet with no animal fats. Include in your diet apricots, broccoli, brown rice, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, oatmeal, onions, green peppers, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, and whole grains.
*Fruits with edible seeds, like figs, raspberries, strawberries, and even bananas tend to contain lots of fiber.
*Take some form of supplemental fiber daily. Barley, legumes, oat bran, psyllium husks, and rice bran are good sources of fiber.
*Eliminate fried foods, highly processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Don’t use tobacco.
*Maintain optimal weight.
*Ensure regular (minimum 2/day) bowel movements.
*Eliminate toxic/chemical/environmental exposures as much as possible.
*Eliminate synthetic hormone use.
*Eliminate food/drinks stored in plastic, aluminum, Styrofoam, etc.
*Eliminate microwaved foods, especially in the above containers.
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