Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.
The treatment comprises of antibiotics to control local infection, decongestants and steroids.
Conservative treatment can be given in the form of oral or topical steroids, antihistamines and decongestants. These are not curative but only control the situation. Cases which do not respond to conservative treatment are dealt with surgically by performing functional endoscopic sinus therapy.
The ethmoidal polypoid disease is essentially an allergic condition. Early polyposis may respond to medical treatment, but well-established polyposis will require surgical treatment. Recurrences are common even after surgical removal of the polyp as the underlying cause is nasal allergy.
Allopathic treatment gives only immediate symptomatic relief and when this fails to control significant symptoms with repeated or prolonged courses of steroid and antibiotic therapy, or when total nasal obstruction occurs, the allopathic doctor refers the patient to surgery.
Since allergy is often the root cause, high recurrence rate remains a feature of allergic nasal polyposis. Other causes of failure of surgery include inadequate surgery, aggressive nature of polyps, predisposing local factors or improper post-operative care.
How Does Homeopathy Helps
Homeopathic treatment can save the patient from the surgeon’s knife. Not only does it slowly and steadily shrinks the nasal polyps, it also helps in stopping their recurrences by treating the underlying causes such as allergies, asthma and chronic cold.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. This means that it treats the body as a whole. Detailed mental and physical symptoms of the whole being are taken into consideration while prescribing. This form of treatment is called constitutional treatment.
Timely administered homeopathic medicines help avoid surgery and its inherent complications. Moreover, it is common for the condition to recur even after surgery. Homeopathy is therefore highly recommended for people who have had surgery done to remove nasal polyps as the treatment would have a preventive effect.
In short, the treatment is targeted towards the root cause of the illness and hence the disease is treated from the core.
There are 70 remedies which give great relief. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, medicines are tailor made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs or surgery although trade name may be different.
For total cure, the treatment must be taken for about 2 to 3 years depending upon the number and size of nasal polyps.
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What are Nasal Polyps
If you constantly suffer from blocked or a stuffy feeling in the nose, reduced or complete loss of smell and constantly running or dripping of mucus in the nose, there are chances that these symptoms could be a result of a polyp in your nose.
The word ‘polyp’ which is originally Greek has undergone Latinization and means (poly-pous) many footed.
Nasal polyps are defined as pearly white, painless, prolapsed pedunculated parts of the nasal mucosa. They are unique in their position and their composition.
They are fleshy growths on the linings of the nose or sinuses. They vary in size and are shaped like a tear drop, with a narrow neck joined to the nasal lining. Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths which occur due to an inflammation in the mucous membrane of the nose and sinuses. They are divided into 2 main varieties:
- Bilateral ethmoidal polyp.
- Antrochoanal polyp.
Nasal polyps occur due to chronic inflammation in the lining of the nose. Although the reason for this chronic inflammation is not clear but they tend to occur more in those who suffer from chronic nasal problems like sinusitis, chronic colds, asthma and nasal allergies.
Children with cystic fibrosis also tend to develop nasal polyps.
Chronic inflammation causes the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to become more porous, causing them to accumulate lot of water in the cells. When over a period gravitational force acts on these heavy water-laden mucus lining, nasal polyps develop.
Overuse of aspirin or other salicylate medication can cause polyps to form.
- Nasal polyp is a disease affecting the adults. When children below 10 are affected, cystic fibrosis needs to be ruled out.
- Small polyps cause no symptoms at all.
- Larger ones can cause obstruction in the air passages of the nose causing stuffiness or blocked sensation.
- Partial or total loss of sense of smell.
- When they obstruct the discharge from the sinus openings, polyps lead to chronic sinusitis.
- Sneezing and watery nasal discharge due to associated allergies.
- Postnasal drip.
- Mass protruding in the nostril.
- Large polyps can cause difficulty in breathing while lying down, causing the patient to breathe from the mouth. Patients with very severe polyposis may also present with obstructive sleep apnea.
- Asthma and aspirin sensitivity may be present in patients with ethmoidal polyps.
- Unilateral nasal obstruction may be present in patients with an antrochoanal polyp.
- Headache, snoring, a permanent runny nose, facial pain, hyponasal voice and cough.
- Diagnosis can be easily made on clinical examination.
- Anterior rhinoscopy with decongestant usually reveals the disease.
- X-ray paranasal sinuses may show opacity of the involved antrum.
- To help decongest a stuffy nose and keep the mucous membranes from swelling and forming polyps, try hot baths or showers.
- Try steam inhalations: Run hot water in a sink until steam builds up. With the water running, lean over the sink, and drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. Breathe deeply through your mouth and nose for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat several times a day.