Hello everyone! I thought I'd chime in here with some good news. I was an active member on this forum several months ago when I was having my desperate times with nasal polyps. I finally had surgery in August, and have been happily smelling ever since. So here's my story: I had polyps for 3 years, had allergy tests done, tried many over-the-counter medications, saw 2 ENT doctors plus 2 allergists, had a CT scan that revealed the polyps, and had two separate rounds of steroids, which completely restored my sense of smell each time. But after a week or so, it would be all but lost again, and I was getting nowhere. Finally, I got so desperate that I decided to travel 2 1/2 hours to see a third ENT (one of the best decisions of my life). She immediately did endoscopic surgery using something called a microdebrider to remove the polyps, and thank God I was smelling within 5 days!! It was hardly painful (she did not use packing as some do) but I was ecstatic. I had septoplasty in addition, which also turned out great. Now all I do is saline sinus rinse twice daily, daily steroid nasal spray, and budesonide pulmocort which I mix with the saline solution and use a syringe to get it into my sinuses. I still have my sense of smell 8 months later now. The only sad thing is that my ENT doctor who did the surgery is moving away so I won't be able to see her anymore, and I am SO attached to her, she is my favorite doctor I have ever had although my primary doctor is a very close second. Anyway, I hope maybe my story will be helpful in case anything I am doing could be a help to anyone.
so, here we are another 7 months or so down the road. how are you doing with your polyps? i am considering surgery, but would rather not spend the $ if there is such a high likelihood of recurrence. looking for herbal alternatives and still using my cortical steroid, with diminishing returns. thoughts?
I have had polyps and asthma for four years and the only relief I have ever had was wheatgrass. It helped me breath so much better that I started to grow my own. My Nasal polyps are still a huge problem though. After reading these posts I am hading out to get tea tree oil right now!!!
Hello all. I'm going on 7 year of sinus problems. I was sure it is some kind of infection, but apparently it is a couple polyps. I have no idea how I got them, but everything started when everyone at my workplace got heavily sick. They recovered, I got stuck on nasal sprays, and never got better.
Like many here, sleeping at night has become a struggle and lack of breathing/oxygen greatly impacted my life. I am only 30 but this has been kicking my butt.
I too read about tea tree oil and began dripping it in my nose about a week ago. My nose used to be generally dry, but since using it, it turned to stuffy / runny. Hopefully it is a good thing and my body is trying to expel the polyps.
Food definitely plays a role as does exercise. Juices, fruits, vegetables, cardio, all help. But they haven't actually solved the polyp. Hopefully the oil is the trick.
I can only pray at this point because I will not go into surgery (70% chance polyps come back) and no medicine has cured it. I am tired of living like this and hope this goes away for everyone.
This is a common condition Let's find the cure.
After two surgeries my sinuses are now more full than they were before.
Here are some helpful suggestions to combat polyps:
Gluten free diet
Eliminate most sugar and potato and grains generally especially white bread and white rice.
Remember starch from potato and white rice turn to sugar so it is like eating lots of sugar.
If you respond to eliminating sugar take antifungal products eg pau darco,oregano oil, garlic,caprylic acid etc
Think greens not grains you'll get better nutrition and alkalize your system more.
5000mg vitamin c daily spread out over the day and 2000mg bioflavonoids, omega 3 fish oil, cucurmin, quercetin, these will all help with inflammation and allergy and may shrink the polyps.
Get your vitamin D levels checked and get them up over 80 nmols per/L for a therapeutic effect. Between 100 to 150 nmols/L is anticancer and according to grassroots health is the recommended amount. Everyone needs to look at supplements for vitamin D and sensible sun exposure. Vitamin D enhances the immune system and stops some allergy and medical researchers are looking at a vitamin d connection with people that have polyps. You are prone to more polyps with low d levels it appears.
To destroy polyps anywhere in the body bayberry and fenugreek are recommended especially. I disolved a cyst in my shoulder i think it was mainly the fenugreek capsules that helped. I took alot and that area became very hot over night and that cyst was breaking down and gone in the morning.
Clean up your lymphatic system by having smaller meals and maybe eating 6 time a day instead of 3 times. Its easier on your system. Red root herb(not blood root) is good for lymphatics along with fenugreek. The lymphatic system is important for immunity and general wellbeing. Sip warm water throughout the day and herbal teas.
Blood root can be made into a nasal spray and it can help with polyps. It can dissolve them.
Mega doses of vitamin B and magnesium really help with stress...even going to the dentist and no needle and get drilled down to the nerve
Neti pot salt and sodium bicarbonate rinses are good in the mornings so your nose and sinus have time to dry. You need to tilt your head to get the water right out. I don't like the water in there to be honest. I would rather dry my sinuses out. Fenugreek taken orally helps mucous to drain from sinus along with drinking plenty of fluids.
Have a green salad each day. For example: baby dark spinach leaves, avocado, red onion, cherry tomato and some meat with a herb infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mostly it is dark green and very alkalizing, cleansing and nutritious.
I have had polyps burst and drain. I have had them surgically removed and i have had various drugs from the doctor. In my experience no one solution works. You need to have a healthy life style and diet while taking remedial measures. Get tested for allergies to foods and dust and so on. Doctors aren't always right. For example 'Geographical tongue' was really some wheat allergy or yeast thing for me and went away with the elimination of bread. Surgery isn't really the answer for polyps as in many cases they just come back and not long after.
Hope i help you. It's your time now. Have a great life.
so, here we are another 7 months or so down the road. how are you doing with your polyps? i am considering surgery, but would rather not spend the $ if there is such a high likelihood of recurrence. looking for herbal alternatives and still using my cortical steroid, with diminishing returns. i have a very low gluten diet and low sugar intake, but will try harder. i really like your suggestions of herbs and will try.
how is it going for you? what have you found to be most successful since your post?
Like everyone here I have had polyps for 13 years, I first lost my sense of smell when I was 26, breathing through my nose was imposible and if i had any kind of achohol it got worse. To make a long story short my doctor has had me on 1 CC of kenelog 40 every six months. For me it has worked very well for the last 10 years, I can breath and taste my food. Plus it keeps my polyps in check. I think its a better option besides surgery since they grow back and its cheaper
I have nasal polyps from more than 4 years and I've spent my last year reading and searching for information in internet because the corticosteriod treatment doesn't work anymore and I could not breath and smell. I found some nasal drops called Gentazon with the active compound called betamethazone. I am on my 6 day on treatment and from the third I could breath freely and now I can smell. I know it's an another corticosteriod but it seems to work !!! I put the drops 3-4 times per day and you should know that you don't have to use them more than 10 days. I've tried tea tree oil without success. I just want to help tgao all of you because I know how do you feel. Good Luck, Gergana.
Hi Gergana, thank you for this. Were you using a different corticosteroid before trying Gentazon? During the last five years I have tried three different ones and I found that each time I changed it seemed to work for a while. I will need to ask my doctor to give me prescription for betamethazone, because you cant just buy it from chemist. Thanks - Hermes
Hello there, im a long term sufferer from large polyps and waiting to get my first. operation to remove them. I have tried everything from Nasal sprays, nasal rinses, to natural remedies and the only thing that i do now is take large doses of omega three. It is a natural anti inflammatory ( anti swelling) and it clears up my nose. I take three tablets three times daily. I use to stay up unable to sleep but after taking omega 3 was able to get back to sleep relatively quickly. polyps are abnormal swellling of the nose and the swelling blocks your nasal cavities. This has not got rid of my polyps but it has made my life almost relatively normal again. Omega three will help restore your immune system which is what i believe is the reason why polyps occur in the first place. High levels of any type of stress to the body including bad diet, lack of exercise, traunatic life experiences can lead to the immune system breaking down. What i believe you need to do is restore your immune system so it can fight this awful condition. Omega three is also good for a whole lot of other things too.
Thank you for this Chphan69... i think you are right about Omega 3 and its ani inflamatory role. May I ask...what is the exact dosage in the tablets you are taking? Also do you have a sense of smell since starting omega? Thanks
I'm getting ready to have my fourth surgery but my health insurance won't cover it until October. I'm sick of this crap. I started watching polyp removal video's on YouTube and the microdebrider just rips and sucks the polyps out. So I'm planning to start myself on the same antibiotics that these damn doctors prescribed after my last surgery to fight any infection that may occur. Next I'm going to a medical supply store to buy some sterile surgical clamps/pliers and some gauze and I'm going to grab a hold of that giant polyp in my nose and pull it out. Wish me luck...
Guys I read over and over again someone trying to reach out and give you the answer..I've been dealing with polyps for 5 years now and two operations later. The answer is go for the surgery and start doing the pulmicort rinses twice daily with the neilmed rinse bottle..YOu'll be very happy with the results..I know I sure am!
Doplyps, I hope that continues to work for you. In my case I've been suffering with nasal polyps for 23 years. I'm getting ready to have my fourth surgery. I've tried everything to maintain a clear sinus after surgery, including what you mentioned. Eventually they come back. I have not found any solution to keeping them from coming back. Recently read up on a product called, Teucrium Marum Varum 200c pellets. I'm ordering some tomorrow. Otherwise I may just antibiotic up and try and pull them out myself.
I am also a sufferer - Bee Pollen - been using it - taking one teaspoonful every morning with fruit.. it's quite nice too... seems to have had an effect ... I have had two restful night sleep since taking it and my night time breathing has distinctly improved.
Hi, I have been told by my doctor I have a polyp, I was given a spray and told to go back if it didn't go away, but I never went back as I dont' want surgery. Wile reading this thread I have noticed a lot of people complaining of a log of mucus, I have recentley been recomended drinking lemon water every day as it has many benefits, one of which is that it reduces mucus. I have been drinking lemon water for two weeks and its only just occored to me that I have no mucus in my noese (I guess I'm just used to it so I never think about it) I'm hoping after reading this thread this might work or at least stop the polyp getting any worse so I'm going to hold off going back to the doctor as I don't want my polop removed via surgury!
Has any one else tried Lemon water every day to help with polyps?
Hey Charlotte i am drinking Lemon Water every day for the past 2 months and i feel great...it improved my asthma very very much,but also polyps too...i dont have so much mucus and have lots of energy.It also has many other benefits.
I'm so glad I found this forum. I have had two surgerys for my polpys, and already I am back to being congested and can't taste/smell. Which is absolute torture. I love food more than anything, and to not be able to really enjoy it is the worst. Prednisone is a miracle when I am on it, I am beyond happy to smell and taste, but I know the side effects. After reading everything I am gonna try the tea tree oil, and try to find some anti-inflamation supplements. Omega 3 fish oil pills. I will try that too.
My husband has been suffering with nasal polyps for some months. The ent prescribed predinosone and though it helped, it hasn't been eliminated and it was still bothering him. He was even thinking of surgery when we found this information about tea tree oil recently and he started using a few drops of it in distilled water (to his comfortable level), and put some drops with a nasal spray into his nostril. After 1-2 weeks, he feels like the swelling is mostly gone.
The other day he went to the ent, the dr put the endoscope in his nostril and they said they couldn't see the polyp. He showed them the picture of the polyp that the dr took before, but to his amazement, the dr said it's gone. Thanks to God for showing us this treatment. Just wanted to put it out there in case it may help anybody else