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Nasal Polyps - Any New Treatment On the Horizon? (Page 1)

Hello. I am a 34-year old male, suffering from nasal polyps for the past 14 years. I have had multiple surgeries (1993 - polypectomy and septopasty; 1999 - endoscopic sinus surgey and another septoplasty which the doctor had to cut short due to severe bleeding (something happened but this was the only time I used this doctor, as I had moved to a different city); 2001 - endoscopic sinus surgery and reduction / opening of turbinates; 2004 - polypectomy). Well, now just 18 months after my last surgery, along with the springtime conditions of north dakota, I have noticed that my breathing passage has been clogged each morning and I can actually see nasal polyps in the far back of my nasal passage again. These things literally have popped up in the past two months.

I am desperately looking for some alternative guidance. I have moderate allergies, and have been on a regimine of allergy shots since my 2001 surgery. I also flush my sinuses regularly with sinusrinse and use two puffs of nasonex in each nostril each day. I have been on a few runs of prednisone since 2001, but prednisone really gives me some nasty anxiety / sleep disturbances / palpitations / blood pressure issues. I don't have asthma but I do have an intolerance to aspirin and asas. Finally, it seems that if I drink even a single beer, I get unbelieveable colored discharge and severe congestion ~ therefore I have now eliminated alcohol as it appears I am intollerant to some ingredient in this. I have had no sense of smell since 1999, except for immediately following my 2001 and 2004 surgeries (but this only lasts for a couple of weeks at best), oddly enough except for one or two days out of the blue in the past year and a half (no idea why), or after a few days on prednisone.

I am looking for alternatives. I have done as much research as I can, but things seem pretty unclear about these polyps. Does my case seem severe enough where I should now consider seeing a specialist at one of the top ent clinics in the country (ie. Mayo)? Is there any credibility to homeopathic treatments? Has the recent nasonex study moved some ent specialists to prescribing a higher dose (ie. 2 puffs twice per day), and if so, side effects? I am nervous about the prednisone. It clearly is not good. Does a one-week course a couple times per year add significant risk of serious side effects?

As you can see, I really would like some guidance here. Living in north dakota, medical options are quite good, but limited. Any information, new studies, or trial studies which you could share with me would be extremely appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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replied September 5th, 2008
any news?
Hi. I can relate to your story.

And I too have noticed that beer or alcohol often (but not always) aggravates my congestion. Perhaps it's one of the things causing the polyps to grow in the first place?

I had surgery, but my the polyps started to grow back a few months later, and now, four years later, are pretty much fully back.

Have you had any luck since your original post? Any other viable treatments you've discovered?

Avi
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replied April 13th, 2011
I have had nasal polyps for 13 years now and I have had 2 surgeries at first I thought they were being caused by my two cats and thick carpeting all over the house but after getting rid of all these I still have the polyps, I do get bad if I drink alcohol so tend to stay away from it but I do know what causes it to flare up and even start again after surgery Smile (Hope I hear you say) It is the smell from catalytic converters on cars, I remember the bad egg smell the very first time I got polyps and the next day I had an attack it stayed with me but now I have no sense of smell I don't smell the bad egg smell from cars on the roads, but I guarantee if I drive on motorways or long journeys My polyps swell and I get an attack for weeks even to the extent I need prednisone treatment and I have had my polyps sticking out my nose at times before my last surgery, plus getting to sleep is a nightmare, most of the time I can get in a position where they ease off the airways and I fall asleep but this time I have been suffering bad and can't get to that position. I have been on all the drops and sprays available and nothing works because I have to go out and these new catalytic converters are playing havoc with my senses, there is no escape from them and once you get that smell in your nose that's it, you won't get rid of the polyps until they take them away, and then you can try and stay away from traffic but it's impossible isn't it? I try and stay in now to the best I can but I do have to go out obviously and this is when I am being attacked and to make things even worse "I can't even smell it now to protect myself" It is a very depressing scenario but if it helps others who have just had surgery then it's a good thing.
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replied July 6th, 2012
I have had polyps for 30 years 2 polypectomies/nasal sprays tablets prednisone steam inhalers etc and until a couple of months ago I still had them. Life is utterly miserable with this condition not being able to breathe especially at night is bad enough but not being able to smell or taste is a double whammy. After this length of time I was desperate but am now completelt cured after only approx 6 weeks. What did I do? I cut out all man made foods such as wheat bread paste dough etc and ate only fruit and vegetables in addition I took apple cider vinegar three times a day. This worked for me after years of suffering and it may be worth a try however any deviation from this diet and my symptoms return.
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replied July 7th, 2012
And do you have asthma?
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replied July 7th, 2011
hi, been suffering from nasal polyps for few years. Deviated septum, trauma to nose, and allergies are all contributing factors to my polyps. At one time they were protruding right out of my nose. The surgeon felt sorry for me and gave me a "relief surgery." this was a quicky surgery because there is a 2 year surgical waiting list waiting list. I was awake for this surgery, not fun! I noticed beer and coffee would make my nose run like crazy, but it wasn't because I was allergic to beer or coffee, they were drying my sinuses out. I also sleep with a fan on at night and found that this was responsible for drying my sinuses. I became very inactive because of my sinus congestion and mucus would pool in my sinuses and wasn't being drained. What has helped me is a vapourizer at night to keep the room moist, cut down on coffee and alcohol even for just awhile, and exercise. Exercise drains the mucus in your sinuses and keeps it flowing properly. Antihistamines dry your sinuses also, but I know how important they are to control allergies. I believe drying of the sinuses are a huge part of the cause if not the entire cause. Another thing I came across was that it could be a zinc deficiency. I started taking zinc supplements they are cheap, worth a try. Keep your sinuses moist. It is soo important. Never posted on anything like this before but have to share my findings. Nasal polyps are brutal and there are no clear answers out there which is pathetic. The best thing is exercise, high intensity. It's hard at first because of asthma related problems and built up mucus but you have to get the mucus flowing!!! peace
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replied September 1st, 2011
Cure for Polyps
I've had polyps for about 13 years. I had them removed surgically 10 years ago, but they grew back right away and then I couldn't smell or taste. I've been on steroids and steroidal nasal sprays ever since, but they haven't helped much, just kept them in check.
Then recently I developed Thrush as a side effect of my asthma inhaler. My doc gave me an anti-fungal gargle called Nystatin. It got rid of the Thrush and also my polyps!
I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I can taste and smell again and sleep through the night without having dry-mouth from not breathing through my nose.
You don't need to swallow this gargle, so the side-effects of this drug are minimal.
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replied September 1st, 2011
I've had polyps for about 13 years. I had them removed surgically 10 years ago, but they grew back right away and then I couldn't smell or taste. I've been on steroids and steroidal nasal sprays ever since, but they haven't helped much, just kept them in check.
Then recently I developed Thrush as a side effect of my asthma inhaler. My doc gave me an anti-fungal gargle called Nystatin. It got rid of the Thrush and also my polyps!
I've been using it for about 3 weeks now and I can taste and smell again and sleep through the night without having dry-mouth from not breathing through my nose.
You don't need to swallow this gargle, so the side-effects of this drug are minimal.
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replied November 11th, 2011
You should try a natural approach, my boyfriend's mother, a nurse has been struggling with a polyp in her nasal cavity for the last 8 months. After much research I developed a steam inhalant tea meant to clear her sinuses and relieve pressure. Being a busy nurse she told me she didn't have time to due the steam treatment so instead she carried the tin of herbs around with her from one patient's house to the next, sniffing the dry herbs regularly. She called me with amazement a week later because her polyp had nearly disappeared from her sniffing the aromatic herbs alone. 3 days later it was completely gone.
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replied January 14th, 2012
The reason I checked this site is because I have been diagnosed by MRI that I have a sinus cyst. I don't know if it's the same thing but most of my life I've had pretty bad mucus problems. Anyway, my doctor prescribed low dose aspirin until I got to an ear nose and throat specialist for possible surgery. I don't want to take the aspirin because I've always suffered from nose bleeds, and aspirin is known to be a cause of this. I take a lot of aspirin anyway because of my frequent headaches. I thought that your herbal cure sounded like a good thing but I'm wondering: what kind of herbs do I need to sniff- just any kind of aromatic? I know this topic is about nasal polyps, which I don't think I have, but I thought that the symptoms were similar and cysts and polyps are pretty close to the same thing.
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replied January 17th, 2012
Herbal remedy for polyps
I also suffer from nasal polyps and am very interested in what aromatic herbs you used for your boyfriend's mother. My only alternative is surgery and I know that they will come back after surgery at some point. I am definitely interested in how and what herbs you made your tea from.
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replied February 24th, 2012
Hi my son is suffering form ployps and has only been offered steriods, i would love to try domething else, could you let me know what was in the herb mix.
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replied March 21st, 2012
I have been suffering from polyps for more than 20 yrs. what exactly is this tea meant, and where do i buy it. thanks.
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replied April 5th, 2012
So how do you create this tea? Where can this be found?
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replied April 20th, 2012
Nasal Polyps
What kind of herbs??!!??
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replied July 21st, 2012
So what was the steam inhalant tea you developed?
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replied August 11th, 2013
Best nasal decongestant help reduce swelling in the nasal passages, which relieves the feeling of pressure and improves airflow through your nose. In response to an allergen or the cold virus, the tissues in your nose swell and increase their production of fluid and mucus.
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replied October 9th, 2008
Sounds like my story
Hi, I can relate very well to your story. At first, the prednisone was a godsend. After a few courses though, I couldn't stand the shakiness it gave me.

My ENT and I originally thought my problems were caused by a severe allergy to dust mites. But recently, I've begun to consider that it might be aggravated by an allergic reaction to Beer... I typically have 2 or 3 beers every day after work. It's always made me a little stuffed up and I cannot believe it didn't occur to me before that this could be my problem!

Two natural treatments that have worked very well for me are a twice daily saline rinse with a squeeze bottle called "Naseaire." You can find it at your local pharmacy. I mix my own saline, you can look up a recipe online... just make sure you use distilled water and non-iodized salt. And regular aerobic exercise.. like riding a bike or jogging.. you'll be amazed how much mucus you blow after a good workout.

I've also heard from a reputable source that a daily dose of apple cider or rice vinegar thins the mucus... if you can choke it down.

Anyway, I am very optimistic that the Beer is a major cause of my problems. I've stopped drinking completely and am keeping my fingers crossed.

One other thing. I don't want to scare you, but I am also being tested for Cystic Fibrosis (wish me luck!). It is typically found in children, but in rare cases, people are not diagnosed until they are adults. My 26 year old cousin was recently diagnosed.. so there is a chance that CF is the reason for my problems... You might want to look it up in the off-chance you find some answers.
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replied May 21st, 2011
I would be shocked if you have cystic fibrosis, the life span for people who actually have it is not very high....however, I would not be shocked if you have something along the lines of celiac disease....especially since you have a reaction to beer, which has wheat in it, which is the primary allergen for cellars....when I first developed polyps, they thought i might have CF, and that was back when I was 12 or 13...but I didn't....good luck on your search for a cure...I have had two surgeries myself, multiple stints of prednisone, etc...I feel your pain...but I'm beginning to think more and more that it could possibly be related to celIacs or some form of it.
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replied May 21st, 2011
I would be shocked if you have cystic fibrosis, the life span for people who actually have it is not very high....however, I would not be shocked if you have something along the lines of celiac disease....especially since you have a reaction to beer, which has wheat in it, which is the primary allergen for cellars....when I first developed polyps, they thought i might have CF, and that was back when I was 12 or 13...but I didn't....good luck on your search for a cure...I have had two surgeries myself, multiple stints of prednisone, etc...I feel your pain...but I'm beginning to think more and more that it could possibly be related to celIacs or some form of it.
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replied May 21st, 2011
I would be shocked if you have cystic fibrosis, the life span for people who actually have it is not very high....however, I would not be shocked if you have something along the lines of celiac disease....especially since you have a reaction to beer, which has wheat in it, which is the primary allergen for cellars....when I first developed polyps, they thought i might have CF, and that was back when I was 12 or 13...but I didn't....good luck on your search for a cure...I have had two surgeries myself, multiple stints of prednisone, etc...I feel your pain...but I'm beginning to think more and more that it could possibly be related to celIacs or some form of it.
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replied January 18th, 2013
Genetic mutations driving infection
You actually might have a genetic mutation that makes you have thick mucus. CF patients have similar genetic SNP's as autistic children and they are known to have thick mucus and prone to infections. Look into Dr. Amy Yasko and methylation.
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replied February 11th, 2009
nasal polyps
I've had nasal polyp sergury several times. I have also and currently been on prednisone. When I take prednisone, I also take an anti-biotic. I'm on prednisone for two weeks at a time. I've tried sinus wars... don't waste your money. I was on sinus wars for 26 weeks.
Alcohol for me makes my polyps worse. I haven't drank for 10 years... but my polyps came back.
Any questions just ask. Also haven't been able to smell for years.
Dave
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replied February 22nd, 2009
nasal polps
sounds like the same story. I've had three surgeries,desensitized to aspriin,tried sinus wars,had a $2,500 blood test(to see what i was allergic to,and found out i was allergic to everything i was eating,gave all that up for three month and they still came back,mine started at age 38,i'm now 51,seems like they should be more research into the cause,but it seems like all they want to do is surgery and steroids(steroids have caused me to get osteopina be sure to increase calcuim when on steroids),i wish there was like a polyp convention so maybe WE could figuare this disease out
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replied April 23rd, 2009
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i can help, i've been through this & now have control of my
i had polyps so bad my nostril was completely blocked & you could see it near the end of my nose. They told me i needed sergery & it would cost $3000 over & above what the medical tax would pay for. so to cut a long story short i researched & found the importance of having the correct balance of natural, non processed salt & the correct balance of water. I now have eliminated the polyps, I don't get asthma hardly ever, i don't have any allergies, i've lost weight & i sleep better. It also has a lot to do with addressing our mineral imbalance which addresses the thyroid disfunction that most of us all have despite the tests indicating otherwise. There are educational sites i could send you to but this forum site simply doesn't allow me to tell you about them, they acuse me of advertising & they don't seem to care that it might help people, even if the sites are not even selling anything.
Good luck, greedy & selfish.
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replied October 3rd, 2011
Nasal polyps
Hi
could you send me the sites?
I have polyps, asthma, allergies and trying to find a natural solution.
thanks
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replied December 11th, 2011
I'm curious with the way you cured your polyps. I'm suffering too with it for a long time now. Could you send me some information about this. Thank you so much...
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replied April 26th, 2012
Well give it up, if it will help other people then help
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replied September 18th, 2012
Please send the sites
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replied April 23rd, 2009
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heres proof
they just changed the words. i had this worlds a real ----- (female dog) and they replaced that word with health forum!
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In response to using tea tree oil to shrink nasal polyps,
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Nasal Surgery Number 4
My husband shares the same story. He is going on nasal surgery number 4. I have set up an appointment for him with a nutritionist on Monday and will let you know what the result is. I am searching for a more natural approach. And am concerned about the scare tissue build up from the 4 repetative surgeries.
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replied December 27th, 2009
sinus disease sufferer
I was going to have the surgery and chickened out, I have nasal polyps that shrink with prednisone, extensive ethmoid air cell disease occlusion of the ostiomeatal units. The polyps have changed little since 2005. I use the nasal steroids that help but I have a deviated septum that prevents one side from getting a good spray. I would like to join a group of fellow sufferers and work on this until we have a solution or feel better, I haven't met anyone with this problem.. I don't really understand my problem, I don't know what causes it, My sense of smell is poor. I've sort of gotten use to the sinus disease, I just really want a full time sense of smell.
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replied July 7th, 2011
this might help
hi, been suffering from nasal polyps for few years. Deviated septum, trauma to nose, and allergies are all contributing factors to my polyps. At one time they were protruding right out of my nose. The surgeon felt sorry for me and gave me a "relief surgery." this was a quicky surgery because there is a 2 year surgical waiting list waiting list. I was awake for this surgery, not fun! I noticed beer and coffee would make my nose run like crazy, but it wasn't because I was allergic to beer or coffee, they were drying my sinuses out. I also sleep with a fan on at night and found that this was responsible for drying my sinuses. I became very inactive because of my sinus congestion and mucus would pool in my sinuses and wasn't being drained. What has helped me is a vapourizer at night to keep the room moist, cut down on coffee and alcohol even for just awhile, and exercise. Exercise drains the mucus in your sinuses and keeps it flowing properly. Antihistamines dry your sinuses also, but I know how important they are to control allergies. I believe drying of the sinuses are a huge part of the cause if not the entire cause. Another thing I came across was that it could be a zinc deficiency. I started taking zinc supplements they are cheap, worth a try. Keep your sinuses moist. It is soo important. Never posted on anything like this before but have to share my findings. Nasal polyps are brutal and there are no clear answers out there which is pathetic. The best thing is exercise, high intensity. It's hard at first because of asthma related problems and built up mucus but you have to get the mucus flowing!!! peace
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replied December 29th, 2009
Nasal polyps
I have all same conditions - extremely bad polyposis, steroids wreck my system, have tryed all the stated remedies to no avail. My official dx is allergic fungal rhinosinusitis or a variation of it. Beer or any etoh did the same thing to me until recently on trip to beach, tryed beer with absolutely no effect on polyp or worsening sinus condition. I feel like the beer or etoh intake is engirging polyps and rupturing them. I used to have the exact same very thick tenacious nasal discharge morning after etoh intake, but now I experience a watery discharge. The polyps are very promient and visible after etoh intake. Any similar stories, symptoms, remedies, cures welcome. Todd
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replied February 20th, 2010
Right there with you!
I am in the same boat! Living with this is frustrating at best. I have found a wealth of information and support through the Samter's Triad group on yahoo. There are lots of new ideas and medical treatments for polyps, asthma, etc. Hopefully, each of you will find a bit of relief!
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replied April 6th, 2010
Me too!!!!
OMG - I had no idea. You guys make me feel more ''normal''. There are obviously so many variations of this problem, none of them life threatening but such a distinct effect on quality of life. I''ve found champagne really effects me as well as some wines. I have mild pan sinusitis with associated chronic rhinitis. Going to the ENT tomorrow to see what he suggests. Have already had polyps and septum removed 10yrs ago. Been progressively suffering for the past 4 yrs, getting by with Nasonex and antihisomines. My discharge has also changed from the normal thick green to a watery constant drip, though after a LOT of blowing, I have twice dislodged like a ''plug'' of very thick, almost fibreous build-up.
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replied April 19th, 2010
Relieve from nasal polyps
Hello, I had nasal polyps form most of my life. After extensive internet research I have followed the advice of Dr. Robert Young and followed a very strict alkaline diet, you can see all the information at his site phmiracleliving.com . I drink lots of water, avoid most acidic food and believe it or not now I feel my nasal polyps are cured. The most difficult thing was to make the switch to this new lifestyle, stay away from acid producing food and drink lots of water. By the way I have not purchased any of the products or supplements stated on the Dr.�s site.
Good luck to all of you, I really do know how you feel!
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replied May 14th, 2010
Same problem!!!
its amazing how many of us are suffering with nasal polyps... i had been diagnosed with nasal polyps and allergies about 8 years ago. I have had 3 surgeries since then and each time they have grown back. i have been on prednisone, used saline rinses and even nasonex. i tried herbal remedies and eventually homeopathy. i have used sinus wars 13, sinus wars 5 and even their nasal spray which really helped. my polyps shrunk and i was able to breathe and smell again. once the medicine was finished i began to feel stuffy agin. This time it was my allergies acting up so i tried sinus war once again, changed my diet and avoided alcohol as well. i am keeping up now...i inhale steam when i feel a bit congested but my polyps are gone.

I hope that this has helped.

Greg
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replied May 20th, 2010
Salty
Same thing here. I am a 38 year old female. It was in 2007 that I visually noticed the polyps. I thought I had developed allergies when I had never suffered with any in the past but I think my issue IS the polyps.

In the months prior to the polyps appearing, I was in an auto accident that kept me off my feet. I gained alot of weight and then the polyps appeared. I went for days at a time without being able to breathe thru my nose which in turn caused sleeping problems. I was always tired and cranky without any energy making weight loss impossible.

During the past week, I have kept a food diary (trying to diet) and have recently noticed that each time I eat alot of salt, my nasal passages close up and the polyps swell within a short period of time. Now I must admit, I have ALWAYS been a salt addict. Salt does retain fluid within the body and causes bloating... which is something I have been used to since I have always eaten so much of the stuff but now I am wondering if my gross over consumption of salt is the reason for the development of the polyps. When I was laid up and couldn't walk, I ate much more... therefore, I ate much more salt for a period of a couple of months and this is when these nasty things appeared.

It's just a theory but maybe cutting my salt consumption will aid in my non surgical vendetta against the polyps. Before my accident, I was always active and kept my weight down but since then, I haven't been able to comfortably breathe or sleep which makes dieting difficult... so it has become a terrible cycle. My next move is to cut the salt and try to excercise as much as I can. If I could breathe and sleep normally, all of this would be easier but I gotta start somewhere! If it helps, I'll will update in a couple of days.

Also, just for informational purposes, I did use to be aspirin sensitive, but after reading that aspirin may help with the nasal polyps I started taking a low dose of aspirn daily and am no longer sensitive to them.
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replied May 30th, 2011
Aspirin Warning...and Allergic Fungus Sinusitis
Big warning on Aspirin!

I've had Endoscopic nasal surgery 4 times since 2002. 8 months fter my first surgery I started taking Aspirin as the polyps started coming back. I had never had a problem with aspirin before, but the Aspirin actually gave me Asthma! To this day, years later, if I take aspirin I get a asthmatic reaction right away.

I have been told that this is decently common.

If you are looking for a weaker anti-inflamatory consider Ibuprofin over aspirin for this reason.

Good luck, hope we can figure this stuff out.

P.S I myself have been diagnosed with Allergic Fungus Sinusitis, meaning that I have deveolped an allergy to the symbiotic fungus that we naturally have in our noses, I'm interested in the processed-Salt theory here, but ... we'll see. Apparently, according to my ENT, roughly 1/20 cases of nasal polyps are Allergic Fungus Sinusitis cases, and these cases Always require a lifetime of treatment. If this is the first any of you have heard of this, might be worth a little research...
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replied May 21st, 2010
Hi, well at any case I am with all you nasal polyps Patients. I'm 36 years old and didn't notice my nasal problems until my daughter was born.
I cant drink and when I do the next day is horrible. So I've decided to just stay away from Alcohol. I seem to always have a sore throat and my head is always hurting. I take Excedrine for that. And I try to stay away from 100% Asprin and that seems to help a little..
But honestly I can barley stand getting up to my long days of work and mother hood knowing that my day is going to be long and miserable. So I'm going to try what all you suggested and see if there is any relief.
I'll check back and keep you all informed. This I believe is a slowly killing sickness that causes Migraines and sore throats and infections and asthma and you name it. I hate what has become of me and I'm at my end of my rope. We need some thing for all of us. Hope this works....
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replied May 21st, 2010
Hi, well at any case I am with all you nasal polyps Patients. I'm 36 years old and didn't notice my nasal problems until my daughter was born.
I cant drink and when I do the next day is horrible. So I've decided to just stay away from Alcohol. I seem to always have a sore throat and my head is always hurting. I take Excedrine for that. And I try to stay away from 100% Asprin and that seems to help a little..
But honestly I can barley stand getting up to my long days of work and mother hood knowing that my day is going to be long and miserable. So I'm going to try what all you suggested and see if there is any relief.
I'll check back and keep you all informed. This I believe is a slowly killing sickness that causes Migraines and sore throats and infections and asthma and you name it. I hate what has become of me and I'm at my end of my rope. We need some thing for all of us. Hope this works....
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replied May 24th, 2010
It has been 4 days since my last post. I have only added salt to my food once... I regretted it as I had a difficult time breathing thru my nose shortly after that. Other than that one time, I haven't added salt to anything I have eaten and I have noticed a big difference! I am only taking about half the dose of allergy pills (Zyrtec) that was taken prior to this experiment and have actually been able to sleep at night without tossing and turning.

Unlike many of you that are bothered by aspirin, I find that it seems to help but that my just be the power of suggestion. I used to be aspirin sensitive and slowly built up a tolerance to them when it was suggested by a physician that a low dose aspirin regimen might help. I will continue with my "no added salt" approach and see what happens.

As for drinking, I have never been much of a drinker so I cannot compare but I do think there is somthing about the salt and alcohol seeming to make nasal polyps worse... One (alcohol) dehydrates your body of fluid but can also cause bloating while the other (salt) retains fluid and causes bloating. Nasal polyps are essentially water logged tissues forming in the nasal and sinus passages so it stands to reason that anything that would cause an unusual disruption to the body's water balance will have some kind of effect on these polyps. Again, I am no doctor and am merely spouting off my theories and personal experience.

I am however, determined to gain control over this matter without surgery. I cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars for a surgery that is not likely to be a permanent or even a long lasting solution. So far so good. I will update again in about a week.

Nasal polyps and sinus issues seem like small matters but they can have such a HUGE effect on daily life and relationships. It's damn near impossible to be cheerful, positive and upbeat when you are constantly fatigued and running on fumes. It's hard to work, it's hard to function on any productive level. People who have not suffered in a similar way do not have a proper understanding of what we go thru. Everyone here has my true sympathy and support.
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replied May 25th, 2010
Let me add my voice to the choir. I'm 56 now, and for me it started about 15 years ago with constant post-nasal drip and having to clear my throat hundreds of times a day. Then four years ago I got a horrible sinusitis which recurred for about a year in spite of various antibiotics. An operation helped a bit but the buggers have come back and I have to blow my nose dozens of times a day with nasty green discharge. My wife, who comes from a small village in Venezuela swears that the oil from a freshwater manta ray can cure this, and I'll try it and let all of you know.

As for some of the other posts, certain types of food and wine and beer make me cough and drip like crazy, but there seems to be no pattern. I had the whole battery of allergy tests and nothing was found. I've tried all the nasal sprays, but only cortisone in large doses works and that, I hear, is bad in the long run. Nasal rinses only help to bring out the gunk, which returns quickly.

Luckily I've never had chronic sinus headaches, but to be a walking mucus machine is horrible.

I've read everything on the web about this and see no cure. So what do we do - amputate our noses??
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replied June 10th, 2010
My problems started at least 15 years ago with the drip crap! I've used the rinse only to end up with a ear infection so I stopped that. I'd like to know if people in other countries besides America have nasal polyps?? That may rule out food additives causing it. gaboleo I'd like to hear about that fresh water manta ray oil if you try it ;)God knows we all only want to breath! I've started a blog journaling things I try to figure this dang thing out. Surgery ..well maybe but after seeing youtube videos I'm sure I'd just die. Maybe ya'll should keep record of your trial and errors on this as well maybe the sufferers can unite and find a cure?
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