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Nasal Polyps - not a happy life :-(
adhir posted:

I have nasal polyps since 2009, I went to see a doctor, he gave me some nasal spray and some steroids as well to shrink them and then I got the surgery done in 2009. After surgery it came back and I am suffering so much, I can't sleep, I can't breathe thru my nose. I am doing nasal saline every night and I am taking Allegra d to just sleep well. Please recommend me something so I can live my happy life. God bless all the doctors

Thank you in advance!
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
New polyps can form, so ou may end needing surgery again if your nasal airway is compromisded. Nasal corticosteroids can help, but they can only do so much....they will not "cure" polyps, but may only temporarily shrink them.

There is not much that you can do at home, other than what you are doing now. You need to see the ENT again.

Have you been allergy tested?
adhir replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
First of all, thank you so much for reply and Yes I have been tested, I am allergic to Trees, Roaches, pollen, dust. I was actually reading an article and someone suggested to do saline with manuka honey. I have been doing that before I go to sleep every night. And also someone recommend me to try Tea Tree Oil , use a Q tip and put that oil on polyps and it will fall off from the nose in less than a week. What do you recommend?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to adhir's response:
Polyps falling off in a week from using tea tree oil? Never heard of that in my four-decade career. Obviously, I am highly skeptical and cannot endorse this at all.

I am not sure what you are planning on doing with the Manuka honey and saline...are you putting it up your nose? Saline is fine, but I am not sure I would want honey up my nose.

There have been numerous studies with honey as a cough suppressant (the type of honey was irrelevant in the studies), but I am no familiar if it would help polyps. Since honey can have trace pollen, this is something you should run by your allergies first.
adhir replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you for the prompt reply. I can see why you would be surprised and I was a little too at first. I have been reading a lot about this and this is some information that I collected from reading peoples reviews and experiences. I wanted to run it by an expert before trying it.

I am using a nasal spray right now and it doesn't seem to be of much help as I still have sleepless nights due to trouble breathing. I am trying to avoid another surgery as much as I can because polyps regrow and I did have a complication with my last surgery.

Is there anything else I can do to get rid of them? Also, if I have to undergo another surgery, is there a way I can prevent them from reoccurring? And lastly, what is the underlining cause of polyps and why does it occur in people? (I have never had asthma or sinus problems before)
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to adhir's response:
Other than surgery, there is really nothing that I know for you to do to get rid of your polyps,nor prevent new ones from forming. I wish their were.....

Polyps are often called "inflammatory growths", so anything that causes inflammation can do it.This is way steroidal nasal sprays are often recommended. Nasal polyps may run in families. Allergies, even if you have never been diagnosed with them, are among the most common cause of polyps.

So, are you going to try that tea tree oil? If you do, please try and get more information from somone who uses and/or recommends it.
sabina89 responded:
Hi, I'm 26 years old and I am diagnosed with asthma and aspirin intolerance. I am also allergic to different trees, grass, dust, alternaria and other things... I had my first surgery to remove nasal and sinus polyps when I was 16. Then I had another one at 18 and the last one at 22. It's been 5 years now since my last surgery and I guess I will have another one this year or beginning of the 2016. It's a horrible condition that makes your life miserable - I totally understand you. I can't sleep at night, feel tired all the time, can't do any sport, and have severe allergy reactions after I eat certain foods (swollen face and lips, itchy ears and throat, blocked but at the same time runny nose and itchy face "from the inside"). I also got blocked ears (even for a month when I can hardly hear anything) and ear infections recently that are extremely painful... I take steroids when I get extremely bad, I tend to get tablets and start with a high dose that you gradually decrease. I only found out recently (was told by ENT specialist) that aspirin intolerance means intolerance to salicylic acid which, unfortunately is contained in most products that we eat... You might want to read about it and try a diet where you eliminate all high saLicylic products (such us many vegetables and fruit and alcohol) you can find food tables on line. This is what I' have just started doing and I hope it will help me to feel better. It's importst to find a doctor that really cares and support you. You should be seen by a specialist even if you have a cold because every time you get ill, you just get more ill I'm general- your polyps with grow faster and bigger. You need to be careful not to get ill. I know it might sound trivial but you must think how many more surgeries you will have in the future? And im talking about general anasthetic surgeries that are quite invasive to your body and heart. I wish you good luck and hope that one day they will come up with a medicine... I've read thateople with a condition like mine produce a different type of protein that names causes the polyps to grow...

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