This blog explains the best nasal polyps treatment in homeopathy, its symptoms, causes, risk factors, management & medicines for complete cure.
If you have ever encountered a cold that is stubborn to go away and there is nasal congestion that causes difficulty in breathing and doesn’t subside even after taking medication, then it can be due to nasal polyp.
Nasal polyps are fleshy swelling that develops in the lining mucosa of the nose and paranasal sinuses, air-filled spaces, linked to the nasal cavity.
They are non-cancerous, painless, benign inflammatory, and hyperplastic outgrowths of the Sino nasal mucosa.
Nasal polyps typically grow in one or both nostrils in people that are affected. Polyp can grow closer together or cluster or grow alone.
Large and clustered nasal polyps can cause nasal blockage and lead to breathing difficulty, obstruction in the nasal cavity, loss of sense of smell, and infections.
Small polyps are mostly symptomless. Nasal polyps can affect anyone but are most common in young and adults over 40 years of age. Polyps are twice as likely to occur in males than in females.
Nasal polyps are often linked to chronic inflammation due to asthma, allergies certain immune disorders, or recurrent infections.
The nasal mucosa is a very wet layer that helps protect the inside of your nose and sinuses and humidifies the air you breathe. During an infection or allergy-induced irritation, the nasal mucosa becomes swollen and red. There is often a trigger for developing polys.
With prolonged irritation, the mucosa may form a polyp. There are many causes linked to the development of nasal polyp that is mentioned below.
Polyps are caused by an inflammation of the nasal mucosa. An inflammation that is due to a prolonged period of irritation or infection to the mucosa may often result in the formation of polyps.
It includes chronic or recurring sinusitis, which is also one of the main causes of developing nasal polyps.
Allergic rhinitis also called hay fever that causes sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and an itchy nose often linked to causing nasal polyps.
It is an allergic reaction and the inflammation associated with it also sometimes lead to developing other condition and nasal polyps are one of them.
People with respiratory diseases such as asthma are inclined to develop nasal polyps. It is also seen that the asthmatic patients have a higher rhinosinusitis severity score than non-asthmatic patients.
Asthma can put a person at higher risk of developing nasal polyp and hence is one of the major causes behind the development of nasal polyp.
4. Churg-Strauss syndrome
Churg Strauss syndrome also known as eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis is one of the causes of nasal polyp.
It is a disorder marked by inflammation of blood vessels in which there is abnormal clustering of certain WBCs. It affects small to medium-size arteries and resulting to cause paranasal sinusitis and ultimately nasal polyps.
Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary or genetic disorder and often causes nasal polyps. It affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. These fluids become thick and sticky and plug up tubes, ducts, and passageways.
6. Sensitivity to NSAIDS
Patients having allergy or hypersensitivity to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS can develop nasal congestion and other health-related problems such as shortness of breath, faintness, hives, and swelling.
Sensitivity to NSAIDs is caused when these drugs do not block the body’s inflammation-causing chemicals and some overproduce instead, resulting to develop nasal obstruction and ultimately nasal polyp.
Clinically and in general there are two primary types of nasal polyps that are ethmoidal polyp and antrochoanal polyp.
An ethmoidal polyp is one of the types of nasal polyp that are multiple, bilateral, and grape-like masses arising from the ethmoidal air cell of the nose.
This type of nasal polyps is very common in adults and is mainly caused by allergies. It grows anteriorly and may present at the nares. The origin of ethmoidal polyp is from ethmoidal sinuses and is usually found in adults.
Antrochoanal type nasal poly is commonly caused by infections. It is a pear-shaped mass with a cystic stalk and is differing from the inflammatory polyps in the formation of a constricted sac.
The symptoms of nasal polyp include: –
- Nasal congestion is a sensation that your nose is blocked.
- Persistent stuffiness
- Runny nose
- Frequent nosebleed
- Abnormality of taste
- Post nasal drip, which is when excess mucus runs down the back of your throat.
- Reduced sense of smell
- Breathing through your mouth
- A feeling of pressure on your forehead or face
- Sleep apnea or troubled sleeping.
- Now the question arises who is at great risk of developing nasal polyp? Well, it is seen mostly that nasal polyp occurs most commonly in middle-aged people and it can occur in children too.
- Other health conditions often associated with nasal polyp such as asthma, and aspirin sensitivity. Weak immune system etc.
- Asthmatic patients are at great risk of developing nasal polyp because of swelling and narrowness of the airway, patients suffer from difficulty in breathing and may ultimately develop nasal polyp.
- The hereditary tendency of nasal polyp. Patients having a family history of nasal polyp are also at great risk of developing polyp.
- Persons having chronic nasal obstruction may also develop nasal polyp later in their life.
- A person who is allergic or hypersensitive to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is also at great risk of nasal polyp development.
The diagnosis of the nasal polyp begins with a complete medical history regarding onset, modalities, and severity of the polyps and physical examination, and is usually made by clinical examination that is by signs and symptoms experienced by the patients.
If you are experiencing the symptoms such as frequent sneezing, difficulty in breathing, and nasal congestion around the vagina along with irritation and snoring, then the doctor will perform some tests to confirm the diagnosis.
The doctor will ask about the medication that the patient is taking or whether the patient is under any anti-inflammatory drugs or not.
The doctor will also ask about some associated symptoms along with nasal polyp that the patient may be experiencing or not. Such as double vision, reduced vision, severe swelling around the eyes, and limited ability to move your eyes.
The doctor may also perform some physical examination by looking deeper into your nose with the help of an endoscope. He will check for any damaged tissue or organ or any obstruction in the nasal pathway to confirm the diagnosis.
If the doctor has to rule out any cancerous growth, then he will also refer the patient for a polyp biopsy. In which the polyp is removed and the sample will be sent to the lab investigation to check for any cancerous cells in it.
An allergy test may be performed if your doctor thinks allergies may be contributing to polyp development.
- A nasal polyp is most commonly caused by inflammation of the nose and sinus cavities. So, it’s better to avoid inhaling airborne allergens that lead to inflammation.
- Practice good hygiene and eliminate the irritating agents from surrounding whether it is food, pet fur, dust, or any medication to reduce the risk of nasal polyp.
- Using a humidifier in the home to help moisten the breathing passages also prevent the risk of nasal polyp.
- Use saline nasal rinse or spray to remove allergens or other irritants that may cause nasal polyps.
- Staying hydrated, and inhaling steam may thin out your mucus for better drainage and soothe nasal irritation.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that treats not only the symptoms of the disease but also the man who is suffering from the disease.
So, after a complete detailed history of present and past disease and considering the family history also, a drug is prescribed which will be based on the individualization of every patient.
In mild cases, improvement can be seen within weeks, whereas severe cases will take a longer time. Along with homeopathic medicine, the patients have to follow a healthy regimen for optimum results.
Now, let’s go through some of the homeopathic medicines that can help with nasal polyp. Some of the best homeopathic medicines for the treatment of nasal polyp are mentioned below.
- Lemna minor
- Calcarea iodata
- Conium mac
- Nitric acid
- Kali bichromicum
- Allium cepa
- Teucrium marum verum
Lemna minor is one of the most effective homeopathic medicines for treating nasal polyp and is highly indicated by homeopaths.
It is indicated to the patients when the crusts and mucopurulent discharge are very abundant and causes post nasal dripping.
It helps in reducing the nasal obstruction in an edematous condition and is also effective in dryness of the nasopharynx.
It is a catarrhal remedy that acts especially on the nostrils
Dosage and potency: 30c, 200c 4 globules (pills) dissolved in half a cup of water 2 times a day for 15 days.
2. Phosphorus: for polypi bleeding easily
Phosphorus is another very effective medicine for treating nasal polyp and is indicated when the polyp bleeds easily.
Patients are oversensitive to smell and have foul imaginary odors.
This medicine will act best if prescribed constitutionally. The patients are oversensitive to external impressions, fearful, and restless.
This medicine is also indicated in chronic catarrh with small hemorrhage that is bleeding through the nose that makes the handkerchief bloody.
Dosage and potency: 200c, 4 globes in half cup of water thrice a day till the symptom disappear.
Calcarea iodata is very effective in catarrhal conditions. It is a very beneficial remedy for treating nasal polyp due to catarrhal conditions.
This medicine is indicated when the secretion from the nose is profuse and of yellowish color. Patients are subject to catching a cold easily
Patients also suffer from allergic rhinitis which includes frequent sneezing, very little sensation in the nose, reduced smell, etc.
Dosage and potency: 30c, 200c, take 4 drops of dilution in half a cup of water twice a day, till the improvement is seen.
Causticum is another effective medicine for treating nasal polyp due to coryza. It is also very effective in removing warts on the nose.
This medicine is indicated when the nose is scaly and nostrils are ulcerated.
Dosage and potency: 200c potency take 4 globules (pills) twice a day till the improvement occurs.
Conium maculatum is another effective remedy that is very helpful in nasal polypus. It is indicated when there is tumorous growth inside the nose and causes nasal obstruction, breathing problems, etc.
This remedy especially acts on the glandular system and helps in reducing the enlargement of the gland. Along with nasal polyp, patients also complain of nosebleeds and soreness of the nose.
Dosage and potency: 200c potency of dilution, take 2-3 drops in half cup of water twice a day, till the symptoms disappear.
Nitric acid is selected for its special seat of action the outlets of the body where the mucous membrane and skin meet.
It is very effective in nasal polyp treatment. Patients feel a sensation of a splinter in the nose that causes nasal obstruction, is very painful and breathing becomes difficult.
Green mucus releases from the nose every morning. Patients also complain about coryza and bleeding nostril.
Thuja occidentalis is an antipsychotic remedy whose chief manifestation is the formation of wart-like excrescences upon mucus and cutaneous surface.
Thuja occidentalis is another effective medicine that helps to treat the nasal polyp. The patients also complain about the dryness of the nasal cavities and ulceration within the nostrils and painful pressure at the root of the nose.
Kali bichromicum has special affinities to the mucous membrane of the air passage. It is specially indicated in fleshy, fat, light-complexioned people subject to catarrhs or with a syphilitic history.
It is ell indicated medicine in nasal polyp treatment, especially in children. There is loss of smell, marked hawking, and inability to breathe through the nose.
Discharge is thick, ropy, greenish-yellow, and tough elastic plugs from the nose. The inflammation extends to the frontal sinuses, with distress and fullness of the nose.
Allium cepa is an effective remedy for cold and coryza. There is fluent coryza with headache, cough, and hoarseness.
A patient who catches a cold easily in cold damp weather and later develops nasal polyp is highly treated with this remedy.
The patient also complains about sneezing especially when entering a warm room. There is a copious, watery, and extremely acrid nasal discharge.
Teucrium is another wonderful medicine in homeopathic Materia medica for treating nasal polyp.
It is effective in treating the catarrhal condition of both anterior and posterior nostrils. There is the discharge of large, irregular clinkers, coryza with stoppage of the nostril.
Along with nasal polyp, the patients also complain about the loss of sense of smell which this medicine if given will do wonders.