How do I prevent nasal polyps?

Not everyone will be able to prevent nasal polyps. However, there are a few ways you may be able to help yourself. The strategies include the following:

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on taking your allergy and asthma medications.
  • Avoid breathing airborne allergens or irritants that lead to inflammation of your nose and sinus cavities.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Use a humidifier in your home to help moisten your breathing passages.
  • Use a saline nasal rinse or spray to remove allergens or other irritants that may cause nasal polyps.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/06/2017.

References

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Nasal Polyps Accessed 2/9/2017.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology— Head and Neck Surgery. Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis Accessed 2/9/2017.
  • Newton JR, Ah-See KW. A review of nasal polyposis. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Apr; 4(2): 507–512.

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