These are nodules that form in the cavities behind the nose and adjacent to the sinuses. They are little sacs that develop by themselves or in groups, and a single polyp can become as large as a grape. There isn’t much extra room in this area, and as these growths enlarge and multiply they prevent drainage and put pressure on the adjacent organs. The result is a feeling of heaviness and intense pressure, with painful, pounding headaches.
The formation of polyps appears to be the result of the body’s reaction to allergens or certain chemicals. Infections often follow, possibly because the drainage is blocked, so a course of antibiotics is generally given. Treatment usually begins with antihistamines. decongestants, and possibly allergy shots. In severe cases doctors prescribe steroids to help shrink the polyps, and then perform surgery to cut them out.
The Diet Connection
Since nasal polyps are often made worse by aspirin, a low-salicylate diet has been reported to offer a “novel treatment” (see Sommer 2016). For the past 30 years, Feingold members have been reporting that the low-salicylate Feingold Diet helps relieve nasal polyps – often after surgery and all other medical treatments have failed.