Do Nasal Polyps Grow Back & How To Prevent It?

Nasal polyps refer to soft, noncancerous and pain-free growths on the lining of one’s sinuses or nasal passages, while they hang in a downward direction in the same way, like grapes or teardrops. The formation of polyps takes place because of chronic inflammation and has close relations with the recurring type of infection, asthma, sensitivity towards certain types of drugs, allergies and specific immune-related disorders.(1)

When nasal polyps are of smaller, they do not cause any problem or related symptoms. On the other side, large growth and group nasal polyps may cause blockage in the nasal passage and in turn, result in breathing problems, along with loss of sense related to smell as well as frequent infections.

Do Nasal Polyps Grow Back?

In some of the cases, nasal polyps relapse or grow back even though patients undergo nasal polypectomy procedure for the removal of polyps. Even though doctors have until now come to know the exact reason behind the recurrence of polyps, they predicted a few risk factors responsible for growing back of the polyps.(1)

Risk Factors To Trigger/Recur Nasal Polyps

  • Allergies, infections and certain health condition to trigger swelling, inflammation and long-term irritation in the sinuses or nasal passages
  • Asthma disease, which results in narrowing and inflammation of the airways
  • Sensitivity towards aspirin
  • Allergic-type of fungal sinusitis i.e. a type of allergy to any airborne fungi
  • A genetic disorder of cystic fibrosis, which leads to abnormally sticky and thick fluids in one’s body, including thick mucus from sinus and nasal linings
  • A rare disease of Churg-Strauss syndrome, which results in the blood vessels inflammation
  • Deficiency of Vitamin D in the body

Ways To Prevent The Relapse Of Nasal Polyps

A patient may reduce his/her chance related to the recurrence of nasal polyps after the treatment via medication and/or surgery by following the mentioned key prevention strategies-

Management Of Asthma And Allergies. You should make sure following the recommendations given by your doctor after your treatment. If you observe that your symptoms are unable to control, you should immediately consult your doctor to change your treatment procedure.(1)

Strictly Avoid Any Nasal Irritants. You should try to avoid inhalation of any airborne substances, which may contribute to irritation and/or swelling in the sinuses or nose. These include tobacco smoking, allergens, fine debris, dust particles, and chemical fumes.

Wash Your Hands Regularly. Make sure washing your hands in a thorough way and on a regular basis. This is an effective way to safeguard against viral and bacterial infections, which may cause inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages.

Use A Humidifier To Avoid The Bacterial Growth. You should use a suitable humidifier to help in moistening your breathing/nasal passages, improvement in the mucus flow from sinuses and in the prevention of inflammation and blockages. Even you should clean your humidifier regularly to avoid bacterial growth.

Rinse Nasal Passages With Nasal Rinse Or Saline Spray. You should use a nasal rinse or saline spray for rinsing the nasal passages, as it improves the flow of mucus and helps in removing allergens as well as any other irritant. The best part, in this case, is that one can buy over-the-counter nasal wash kits or saline sprays with certain devices, like squeeze bottle for administering any rise.(1)

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