7 Quick Tips To Reduce Effects Of Nasal Polyps
7 Quick Tips To Reduce Effects Of Nasal Polyps
If you are suffering from the effects of nasal polyps or sinusitis and are looking for ways to help reduce the effects they have on your everyday well being, then there are some things you can try at home today to make life a bit more bearable.
1 – Try a Steam Bath
You can use a steam bath which is basically a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in it and inhale the steam. You place your head over the bowl and then place a towel over your head to help funnel the steam into your nose. Keep your head at least 30cms (12 inches) away from the bowl and be sure to shut your eyes to stop the vapours from going in and irritating them. You can also chop up a chilli and place in the bowl as well.
Keep your head covered with the towel and breathe through your nose for around 30 seconds to a minute at a time and then take your head away so as not to burn your nasal passages, (obviously if you notice a burning sensation or other irritation stop the process immediately. If all is going OK repeat the steps for around 10 – 15 times. You will notice that the mucus in your sinuses and nasal passages will start to loosen and you should blow your nose to remove this excess each time you come up for fresh air.
If you haven’t got any Tea Tree Oil your could substitute it for Eucalyptus or Peppermint Oil. This is a fantastic process to help quickly reduce the stuffiness associated with nasal polyps and blocked sinuses.
2 – Flush Your Nasal Passages
You can use a Neti Pot or Saline Spray to flush your nose and sinuses out using a good saline solution. Using saline solution to flush the sinuses helps to remove debris and mucus and also the germs and allergens that go with it. Doing this a couple of times a day will keep your nasal passages moist as well, this is important in helping to reduce the inflammation associated with this condition. Be sure to wash your Neti Pot or spray applicator thoroughly and disinfect and allow to dry before using it again.
This may sound silly but the health benefits of keep hydrated are varied and many. If your water intake is too low then you will be dehydrated and this is not good if you are trying to reduce the symptoms of nasal polyps or a sinus infection. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep the sinuses moist.
Be sure to keep away from alcohol, carbonated drinks and caffeine. These will dehydrate you quicker than anything else, especially if you are suffering from a cold or flu.
4 – Eating Spicy Foods
If you like to eat spicy foods you will also be doing your blocked sinuses a favour. Spices like chilli, mustard, horseradish, curry and wasabi are an excellent choice for helping to clear your sinuses as are eating garlic and onions. You will notice the mucus start to thin out as you are eating, if you can handle it hot, you will see a benefit rather quickly. Obviously if you notice anything not quite right then stop eating immediately.
5 – Use A Humidifier Or Vapourizer
Try using a humidifier or vaporizer in your bedroom each night to help keep the air moist. Make sure you keep the filters clean so as not to cause mould to grow. You should remove any mould in your house as well as mould helps the allergens to survive which can cause nose and sinus problems. If you notice the windows moist and fogged up in the morning then there is too much moisture in the room so the humidifier will be having the opposite effect.
You just need to make sure that your home is clean and free of mould and damp as this will help to reduce the symptoms of nasal polyps and blocked sinuses.
6 – Using Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a couple of ways that you can use Apple Cider Vinegar to help clear your sinuses, either taken orally or as steam inhalation. You can try placing a tablespoon of ACV into a container with around a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam as per the Steam Bath Method.
Apple Cider Vinegar can also be taken orally by adding 2 teaspoons ACV into a glass of warm water and drinking the solution. This should be done twice a day, once in the morning and once at night after eating. Be sure to use unfiltered ACV available from your health food store.
ACV is believed to be a good detoxifying solution which helps to clear out the mucus and reduce infection in the nasal passages. You can also try to spice the mix up a bit with some cayenne pepper to give your sinuses a quick clean out. You can read more about using apple cider vinegar here.
Citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits along with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi fruits, along with a host of other fruit and vegetables contain high amounts of Vitamin C which is excellent in helping to reduce illness and infection and increase the body’s natural immune system to help fight the symptoms associated with nasal polyps.
Increasing your vitamin C intake helps to produce bioflavanoids which are responsible for regulating healthy blood vessels and tissues that are found in the sinus and nasal passages. If you can’t get access to high vitamin C foods then consider taking a supplement.
A more complete list of high concentrated vitamin C foods can be found over at Fruits and Veges More Matters.
There are many more things that you can try in order to relieve some of the side effects of having nasal polyps which we will look at in the near future but in the mean time try some of the home remedies listed above to see if you can get some relief in your sinuses.
Obviously some things will work more for some people while others will see only minor changes to their condition, as always this article should not be taken as an alternative to medical advice and always consult your doctor before using any of the above methods to make sure they are safe for you.