Have had nasal polyps about 13 years. Have done the nasal steroids and about every remedy in these pages over the years. A few months ago was still in my chronic state of 100% blocked nose on both sides, chronic sinus infection, soaking wads of tissues, sinus headaches etc - you all know! Nose was swollen and fat.
Much better last few months. I have been taking twice daily a rotating and varied mix of a tiny pinch of goldenseal, 1 drop GSE, 1 drop clove oil, 1 drop oregano oil, now and then 20 drops myrrh or olive leaf tincture - all of the above to keep infection at bay.
Have been squirting home-made nasal spray (distilled water, xylitol, baking soda, colloidal silver, GSE, 3% h2o2, baby shampoo - all these not measured but in tiny dabs into the distilled water in an empty saline nasal spray bottle), alternating with an oregano oil-based nasal spray I purchased and plain homemade colloidal silver also sprayed in the nostrils. I squirt each of the above in the nose at least once each per day.
Other vital parts of this regimen that have helped greatly:
L-arginine (500mg) once daily.
1000 iu methylcobalamin B12 once daily (in the morning! ).
500mg cordyceps capsule each morning.
5000mcg biotin once daily.
From 2 to 5 drops 2% Lugol's iodine daily, depending on how I feel.
The oral and nasal items in the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs are to kill/prevent infection.
The arginine boosts nitric oxide, which helps kill infection and seems to assist in opening the sinuses (humming 20 minutes a day also boosts NO).
The methylcobalamin I saw mentioned on a few forums as greatly relieving decades of chronic sinus trouble in many people.
Cordyceps boosts immunity.
Biotin is needed to help the body beat back fungus - whether sinus infection, dandruff, athlete's foot, jock itch, etc.
Iodine helps to improve low thyroid, which is endemic now due to bromine having replaced iodine in American bread, and chlorine and fluorine in the water. Low metabolism is loved by fungus, & 96% of sinus infections are primarily fungal (Mayo Clinic).
One final thing and likely the most important: look up "cured nasal polyps -normal body temperature", then look up Matt Stone and read his e-book "Eat for Heat". The latter worked for me better and faster than iodine alone.
I can smell things for increasing lengths of time every day now! I can even get some air through one or both nostrils for some time every day. My nose looks mostly normal now, and I am using less tissues. It wakes me up, running, much less often.
Good luck to you all, and remember, use your own judgement and discretion on any of these suggestions. Pay attention to how your body responds.
I know why water fasting and other fasting can help sinus conditions and polyps and many other conditions and that is because it clears the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is important for our immunity and helps in dealing with stress and allergy. If the lymphtic system is clogged with the over consumption of foods and some very challenging foods then your nose and sinus receive more inflammation from the garbage build up. The lymphatic system is like the garbage man that takes away the garbage. Garbage may just turn into polyps. Instead of polluting and causing a worse diseased situation little sacks of garbage called polyps form to protect us.
How do we heal this?
1. Drink your 8 glasses of water per day. Enjoy herbal teas. Maybe goats or almond milk if you must add something. No sugar.
2. Avoid lots of fats. Just a little fat to cook in and satisfy your stomach as this will help stop sugar cravings.
3. Avoid dairy and wheat as much as you can.
4. Thinks about eating lots of greens instead of grains.
5 Get a good night sleep and let your lymph system work when it prefers. It works better as you lay down and rest.
6. Exercise regularly as your lymph needs that help it to do its work. You need to be active for it to circulate.
7. Get good lymphatic massage and remove tension from your lymph restricting chronic tight muscles. Especially those ones cleaning your head and sinuses.
8. Take lymph herbs like fenugreek, bayberry and redroot(not bloodroot), take vitamin c 5000mg spread throughout the day and 2000mg of bioflavanoids. Take quircetin and bromelain. There is a bloodroot nasal drops you can make up as a spray from godshear herbalist UK this will dissolve polyps.
9. Also smaller meals spread throughout the day can be easier on our body. Try taking meals with a good digestive enzyme supplement. You can try taking this supplement between meals also and last thing at night and let it help clear your lymph.
10. This information is like gold. I am sure it will help. It's your time now. Wishing you the best of health.
I've been struggling with chronic sinusitic and nasal polyps for 4 years. Within a few months of my first bout with chronic sinusitis I also deveoped asthma, an allergy to aspirin and ibuprofen, and have since developed all kinds of food sensitivities. I believe what's at the root at all of this is simple: immune defunction. But treating that can be quite complicated and take a long time. It's taken me years of experimentation and emotional upheaval to find a natural regimine that shows results, and I've finally found a combination of things that is working. I have wanted to avoid surgery and over-medicating, so the results I am having so far are great. Actually, what brought me to this in the first place was this: I had been controlling my sinus issues with a nasal steroid for a year, and then suddenly got a bad infection on which the steroid and anything OTC had no effect on whatsoever. After 4 weeks of suffering, I got aggressive about the following...
First there is the diet. After being gluten free for several years and more recently elliminating processed sugars and dairy, I have adopted a Paleo diet that is beginning to take in principles of the Specific Carb Diet and even GAPS. Please Google especially the last two to find out more information about these things. Going grain-free and adopting a strict whole-foods diet (no 'organic' frozen pre-packaged foods) began to make a huge difference in how I felt overall. It has not cured my sinus issues, but it has supplied me with energy and vitality I otherwise lacked. It has elliminated most of the brain-fog I had for years with chronic sinusitis, and I have the energy to keep up with regular exercise, work, and school. It has also balanced out the bloating and wieght gain I've experienced being on low-dose nasal and lung steroids. Recent emphasis on rebuilding the gut using L-glutamine, therepeutic strength pro-biotics, home-made bone broths, and fermented vegetables has also increased this overall vitality. According to GAPS dieters, there is strong hope for being able to eventually tolerate the foods I developed sudden allergies and intolerances to (dairy, alcohol, almonds, grains) but for now I strictly avoid all of those things.
Next, there is the direct attack to the polyps and sinus infections. Twice a day to a half-filled neti pot, I put in 1/4 tsp salt, a few drops of tea tree oil, a few drops of concentrated Grape Seed Extract, and a few drops of Goldenseal. Since one nostril is completely blocked by visible nasal polyps, I simply soak what I can for a few minutes instead of passing the water from one sice to the other, as that's pretty impossible for me at the moment. In the other nostril, I can get the water far enough back that it runs into my throat. I let that happen a little bit, but otherwise, try to hold it in as it can be a bit intense with all the oils and instead just soak the area. When I'm done with the neti pot, I apply a few drops of Neem Oil into each nostril and suck back what I can. Neem oil is not only an anti-fungal/anti-bacterial, but it is also a strong tonifyer to the mucous membranes, like Goldenseal as well. I aim to balance the bacterial-fighting properties of waht I use with some tonifying properties to help rebuild damaged tissues. Every once and a while, I dab a qtip into coconut oil and tea tree oil and pply it directly to the visible polyps and surrounding tissues.
In the two weeks I've been doing that particular regimine, I've experienced visible shrinking of the polyps and of the surrounding facial swelling. I've reduced my usage of my prescription nasal steroid to once a day and might aim to slowly elliminate it to allow my immune system to properly function in my nose for further assistance. My stuffiness has come in and out- I believe that as the polyps shrink, a TON of trapped mucous is being released. Every once and a while, I almost literally scrape out (with a qtip) thick chunks of bright colored mucous, which I could see easily getting trapped with the polyps and feeding their inflammation. Also, as larger polyps shrink, I imagine they leave room for the medicine to finally start reaching other hidden polyps for healing, so I am not expecting overnight results.
I have some days where I can nearly smell in one nostril, and where the airflow is so clear that I forget my struggles. Congestion and inflammation always returns, but it comes in and out. On stuffier days, my neti pot regimine almost always brings instant relief, de-inflammation, and sinus draining.
FWIW, I've also been committed to weekly acupuncture treatments and taking Bi Yan Pian, a chinese medicine complex you can find on amazon at great prices. For chronic conditions, this sort of treatment can take a long time to start showing their effects, but I believe in their support. I have a community acupuncture place that I attend with sliding scale fees.
Most days, I also have a cup of ACV 'tea' sweetened with stevia and occasionally spiced with cayenne pepper. I regularly drink dandelion tea, tulsi tea, nettle tea, and also take spirulina and chlorella supplements, all for their blood-cleansing immune supporting properties.
After reading things here, I'm going to experiment with adding Castor oil to my regimine, directly into my sinus and as a pack on my liver. But so far I feel really good about what I have going and think it'll take some time to measure my results drastically. The relief I've received so far is incredible.
(Middle Tennessee, US)
For Sinus Polyps, I suggest using an inhalation steamer bowl (any spare bowl) or facial steamer. Place a few drops of tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, thyme oil and clove oil. You can just add one or two of the suggested oils or all of the oils. Use while you are out and about and don't have time to steam - sinu orega.
Get a food allergen blood test from such places as your medical nutritionist or naturopath. Do an elmination diet. Pick the five top culprits/suspects to start with.
Go on an anti candida diet and also try caprylic acid.
Eat extra virgin hexane free coconut oil. Nilstat liquid for your mouth to gargle and swallow and get nilstat tablets from your doctor. Also try oregano oil or herb tablets. Cook with it it is great with meat. Wonderful herb.
Hope these few suggestions help. Using a salt and bicarbonate soda filled neti pot can help but drain your sinus later and dry it by blowing gently.
Well, it has been months now that I have been reading EC and investigating on the internet how to cure my polyps. First of all let me tell you, I have allergic rinhitis, asthma ( take a cortizone inhaler every day), and polyps. The first time the polyps attacked me was ten years ago. I had partial blockage and complete anosmia. The Nose throat, etc specialist gave me a corticoid that did NOTHING at all. That really made me angry because I was breast feeding at the time and was not aware of what was inside the spray. Amyhow, the specialist said I needed SURGERY! Alarmed, I turned to my Homeopath who gave me a treatment that gave me back my sense of smell. I was very happy and forgot about the whole thing...
Last Febuary, after a severe nose cold, the polyps attacked again. This time completly blocked on both sides. It was horrible! I couldn't sleep because everytime I relaxed, I choked for my toungue was sucked my the vacum effect of breathing only through my mouth, for there was absolutly NO air coming in through my nose at all. I suffered enormously, my state of mind deteriorated for not being able to sleep and I became sort of depresed. The GP gave me cortizone spray wich I refused to take. I started to attack with megadoses of vitamin c, ascorbic acid and went o an homepath. The blockage went away after about 10 days.
After that I was breathing again, but still I had the appointment with another spcialist in the uk. I thought the problem was gone, but the moment he saw into may nose he said I had an "enormous" polyp on my left nostril and surgery was needed. Needles to say, I was very disappointed and sad with the news, but still, I was breathing through both my nostrils... A couple of months after that, the polyps came back stronger, bigger more resistant, the day of my birthday and for no apparent reason. Complete blockage again, no sleep, fast deterioration!
Then I started a regime of many things that I investigated and have been working great! First urgent thing was to get rid of the infection and clean the sinuses. How to do that especially if nothing was coming in or out of my nose?
I started taking MEGA doses of ascorbic acid powder, up to "bowel tolerance" (please check http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/).I went up to 40 grams a day! Also, there is a breathing system developed by profesor Buteyko. With one of his exercise I could unblock my nose long enough to risne with salt water four to five times a day. This specific Buteyko exercise consist in blowing the air out of your lungs and gently moving your head until you cant take it anymore, then start breathing takeing short breath, provoking a slight sense of suffocation, to create CO2 wich will open the nose pasagges for a short time, enough to do the salt water rinse. This sounds brutal and it feel even more so, considering that with this illnes we are already suffering from suffocation, but it works! After four days of doing this, the polyps ceased and I could start getting air in through my nose again. This was end of june, scince then I have still batteled with this polyps, even with an homephatic remedy sold on the internet that "declares a battle of sinuses" but that di not work for me. But, following the Buteyko technique, the ascrbic acid protocol and four other important practices that I will describe, I have been able to CONTINUALLY breathe ONLY through my nose since... Breathing ONLY through the nose is one of the BUTEYKO pricipals to avoid overbreathing or hyperventilation.
A recomendation I can give right away and something that I have been practicing since july is, taping the mouth during the night to avoid at all cost snoring and mouth breathing. I know when you have polyps this is torture, but it is an essential practice to start getting better! The more you breathe through the nose, the less blockage you get and the inverse is also true.
I have bought two books of this technique and I have paid an expensive course to learn how to breathe correctly to reverse and STOP my asthma and my rinhitis and to reduce my polyps. I have also started "Autohemotherapy" and oil pulling. "AHT" is a thecnique where you take blood from your own vein and imediatly reinject it intra muscularly, in the arm, leg or buttock. There is a lot on the internet about this, look up DR. Louiz Moura from Brasil on youtube. After I started the breathing exercises and tje autohemotherapy six weeks ago, I have reduced my inhalers to more than half, have had no need for releiver, my postnasal dripping is gone and I dont need to blow my nose but once or twice a day if any. I continue to take 20 grams of ascobic acid daily and also take a b suplement, iron, selenium, zinc, iodine for my thyroid. Chloruro de magnesio salts, 20 grams diluted in 1 liter of water, take a 3 oz. daily. I also do a "Castor oil pack" some days a week. I am feeling great today!
My plans are to reduce my polyps considerably by the end of this year, but so far I have acheived complete unblockage, and I feel that I am actually healling myself. I do Tracendetal Meditation 2 times a day and a 30 minute brisk walk in the park. I haven't taken at any moment ANY allopatic medicaments. I give thanks to God to put this challenge in my life, for I am dedicated to heal myself in a Holistic way and be in better condition than before.
1st of all, thank you all for sharing your experiences and self experimentation. I too have suffered from 25 years of nasal polyps - if I knew then how this would effect my quality of life, I would have cut off my nose. I have had 1 surgery, enjoyed a sense of smell for around 6 months and breathing for a couple of years before the polyps returned. After nasal sprays and on and off Prednesone, I was about to go for the 2nd surgery when I came to this site.
So far, I have tried just about every suggestion here. To summarize -
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - made my nose burn like crazy and bleed, but seemed to reverse the growth - might be a solution if you can stand the cure.
Sinus Wars 13 - seems to dry me out, but no shrinking of the polyps. Still taking it as it doesn't seem to hurt - been on it about a month now.
Manuka Honey - nice honey, bit expensive and might be beneficial to a nasal infection, but didn't seem to shrink the polyps.
Nasal wash - clove oil, salt, baking soda, warm water - helped to clear out some nasal congestion and like the HP 3%, it burnt like crazy so didn't look forward to those washes.
Tea Tree Oil - Ta Da!! It is now about 2 weeks since I started treatment, and I was really hoping this was the one. It doesn't sting the nasal pasages, but it does make me cry as it gets near the eye ducts. Well, the polyps are not gone yet (they started out as really large pushing my nose out and coming out into both nostrils) but I now have days that I can breathe out of my nose! Just like nature intended :-) I am really hopeful that the polyps will keep shrinking. Initially the polyps fought back and enlarged, but after a few days, they started turning to another consistancy and then shrinking. This was not a few days solution for me, but weeks - keep it up every day (qtip with the Tea Tree Oil up the nose several times a day, as mentioned on here - Thank you! ).
That plus - no alcohol and no coffee (both are important to quit so please just do it - drink tea but not Tea Tree :-) and Exercise - so many people are saying that on here, and it is so true. That keeps the gunk flowing. Drink water, of course.
My theory is that there are several causes of these nasty creatures - dry nasal passages, allergies, fungus. They probably have different cures too depending on your cause. I believe the Tea Tree Oil keep the passages moist and probably kills the fungus too. Avoid whatever allergies you have as best as you can too, because all of these cures are based upon letting the body heal. Best breathing to all!
(Las Vegas, Nv)
Having suffered from a return of nasal polpys follwing 2 bouts of surgery I consulted an Ayurvedic doctor and have found this regime really succesful in shrinking them and giving relief. I hope it helps some else as this is a really debilitating condition.
Eat 5-7 raw Basil leaves before breakfast and again before dinner
Get a fresh turmeric finger and hold it over a tea light until it smokes. Make a paper cone and inhale the resulting smoke thru the nostrils to relieve congestion and discharge mucus.
A teaspoon of castor oil taken for 4-7 dys also helps.
Avoid sugery foods and diary products as they feed the condition.
Do some yogic breathing exercises every day.
and the very thing is to make a steam bath as follows
Put several broken Basil leaves and 4 crushed garlic cloves in a basin of boiling water. Add a pinch of turmeric. Put a towel over your head and inhale for 20 mins for real and lasting relief if done daily.
I think all of the remidies for sinusitis are great and they all work to some extent. My problem is nasal polyps.When polyps are combined with sinusitis it is misery! Can anyone help me!!
(Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
I submitted a post in the last 24 hours regarding the use of vaporized PEG in an amazing reduction of nasal polyps. I then did some research, and found this interesting, and wondered if it may be related to my findings:
Polyethylene glycol inhibits intestinal neoplasia and induces epithelial apoptosis.
Supplementation of Apc(min) mice with 10% PEG 3350 (in drinking water) resulted in a 48% (P<0.05) reduction in intestinal tumor burden and induced 2-3 fold increase in mucosal apoptosis.
Dietary supplementation of polyethylene glycol (5%) also stimulated colonic mucosal apoptosis 4-5 fold in AOM-treated rats, the regimen that we previously reported to reduce tumor burden by 76% (P<0.05).
In summary, we demonstrate, for the first time, that PEG does protect against Apc(min) mouse tumorigenesis. The correlation between pro-apoptotic actions and chemopreventive efficacy of PEG in these models strongly implicates induction of apoptosis as one of the impending mechanisms of chemoprevention.
I bought a nasal irrigator years ago and it helped me avoid a sinus surgery on my polyps. The attachment goes right onto your waterpik and the water pulses at the same rate as the non-functioning cilia in your sinuses. A little salt water/baking soda mix and it actually is refreshing. Try it! I still use it when I get flare ups and it gets all the "gunk" out of there!
So glad I've found this amazing site! I'm really fed up with no sense of smell, blocked nose runny nose! And the pain in my sinus and head! I've read through all your feedback and advice in the statements you have all posted here but my polyps are from back of my nostrils to inside my sinus in face and forehead - any ideas of what remedies I could try as I can't reach them with cotton buds etc!!! Help! Really trying to avoid another op! I'm also asthmatic. Please help thanks :-)
While investigating ways of dealing with nasal polyps which are driving me nuts, I came across this very interesting and surprising article which links nasal polyps with Helicobacter Pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. Doctors say that they don't know the cause of polyps but it would explain why people have cured them with Lugol's iodine, colloidal silver, ACV etc and why they just grow back after surgery. I am presently experimenting with lugol's iodine in a saline nasal spray as recommended in other posts and significantly increasing probiotics.
Sinus Polyps: For me I used the natural breathing technique of pranamya and it has worked wonders. Note: Since starting pranamya my polyps have reduced significantly. I can now breathe through my nose via both nostrils (polyps for me developed in the right nostril so right nostril and right ear became blocked) but when I first discovered polyps at first
I struggled to breathe through my right nostril at all - I used nasal sprays and sometimes steam to get rid of any mucus causing nasal congestion in my nose and then to soothe the inflammation caused by polyps. Gradually I was able to get enough out that I could more effectively use pranamya to breathe through the nostril and now a significant amount is gone. I still use nasal spray as needed - it helps reduce inflammation - note: when I sneeze I find it easy to exhale and the polyps come to the surface with liquid from spray also coming out my nose.
My ENT specialist says situation in my case is not bad enough to undergo surgery I can just keep doing pranamya and using spray as needed. I was also given a spray to lubricate my blocked ear and that has also helped. At first my nose and ear were so blocked that even when there's no liquid stuck in the ear if I tried gently using a cotton swab to clean excess earwax the cotton would get stuck in the ear. Not anymore I can safely put a cotton swab in my ear to remove earwax and pull it out.
When the ear was too blocked for a cotton swab I used an earwax removal liquid product my doctor recommended for loosening the wax in the ear. I've heard some say its not a good idea anyway to use cotton swabs no matter how careful you are. I'll probably just start using such sprays in my ear to reduce the earwax regularly now even when ear is completely opened.
I don't know how or why when polyps develop it occurs in one nostril instead of another - for me as noted it was the right nostril but have had great relief with this approach. Also to help sleep at night I use a Vicks like solution that can be put in the nose to provide temporary relief to help breathe through your nose.
Also recently to help reduce the chance of nasal infection and clean the insides of my nose I use a nasal saline spray - that is non-medicated but according to the bottle is pediatrician recommended. One can look up on the Internet instructions to make their own home made nasal saline sprays using water and non iodized salt - iodized salt tends to cause more irritation in the nose. The nasal saline spray I have is a sample bottle that was purchased (I don't remember where) so its not a home made solution.
I hope this helps.
(United Arab Emirates)
A few years ago I was having difficulty breathing through my right nostril. I used a small flashlight to see what was blocking the nostril. I saw a polyp about the size of a good sized pea. It was positioned less than an inch from the nostril opening. I touched it and it was hard. I was a little frightened by it. At age 55 I had never experienced one of these.
I started researching and found that Sodium can shrink swollen membranes. I then found out about Nasal Irrigation. Nasal Irrigation is where you add a small amount of salt to warm water and let the saltwater pass into one nostril and out the other. All I had available to use was a 16 ounce measuring cup.
I boiled about 4 ounces of water, put it in the 16 ounce measuring cup. Then, I added enough room temperature water so that the water was barely warm. In the summer I need to add about 12 ounces of water to the 4 ounces of boiling water and in the winter I only need to add about 8 ounces of water. I then added a little over 1/4 of a teaspoon of regular table salt. I did the following over the kitchen sink.
I turned my head so that my left ear was facing the floor. Then, I slowly poured the salt water into my right nostril and let it flow out of the left nostril into the kitchen sink. When the measuring cup was empty I stopped.
I would then place my finger on the left side of my nose and close the left nostril and rather forcefully blow excess water out of my right nostril into the sink. Then, I did the same with the other nostril. I then went to the bathroom and used toilet tissue to clean the excess moisture from the nostrils.
I did this every evening. After a few days I looked into the nostril again with the small flashlight and the polyp was gone. I was surprised and delighted.
I have continued to do this nasal cleansing almost every day since. I haven't had a nasal polyp since that first one. I'm now 64 years old. I also noticed it helped keep my sinuses clear most of the time = better breathing.
I later got what is called a Neti Pot, which a a little pot designed for the purpose of doing a nasal irrigation. The cheap plastic ones work for me. Most health food stores have them. I noticed over time that the first couple of hours after doing a nasal irrigation, my nostrils tend to be a little dry. After a couple hours they moisten back up. That's why I do the nasal cleanse at least 2 hours before going to bed. This allows the nostrils time to moisten before bed = better breathing.
A couple details:
1. I found it better to stop the cleanse just before the cup was empty. I pinch my nose so as to retain some of the saltwater in the sinuses. Then, I keep the nose pinched and bend down with the top of my head pointing towards the floor to the count of 20. Then, I keep the nostrils pinched and stand up straight and tilt my head back (when the head is tiled back you can stop pinching the nose and the water will not drain out). I would keep that position to the count of 20. Then I would blow out the excess water. This seems to allow the saltwater to get deeper into the sinus cavity.
2. If, after the first cleanse, my sinus cavity still feels a little stuffy, I'll do a second nasal irrigation (I don't have to do this very often). With practice I became more aware of when my sinus cavities were clear or not.
3. One day I forgot to put the salt into the warm water. When I started the cleanse my nostrils felt really irritated and sore. I stopped and added the salt. When I continued with the nasal cleanse the saltwater was soothing. This is how I discovered how salt is soothing to irritated skin and how water alone can be irritating to sensitive tissue.
(Santa Monica, Ca)
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Nasal Polyp relief from a Himalayan Salt Crystal Inhaler! I had to write on this forum to tell you all about an amazing remedy for polyps! I've suffered badly for 22 years, no sense of smell for most of that time. I had the operation about 8 years ago and only lasted a year. Since then I've had all the usual terrible problems, sinusitus, mucus, constantly blowing my nose etc, etc. At the beginning of this month, I saw an ad in my local paper for a ceramic salt inhaler filled with Himalayan salt crystals, and would last for 6 years. I decided to give it a go, you inhale the vapors through the mouth and breath out through the nose, for about half an hour a day. After the 2nd day I noticed my nose had cleared a lot at night and I had had a better night's sleep! I've used it for nearly a month now and I can't believe the difference! I'm virtually clear at night from mucus, so I'm breathing through my nose with my mouth closed so less snoring. I'm using significantly less tissues throughout the day as my airways are much clearer, I would say about 50% improved so far.
The BEST news of all though is that over the past couple of days I have actually had a faint sense of smell coming back! I first smelt a faint coffee smell, then today I was cooking and all day I have smelt garlic and the cooking smell. It's still only faint but it's definitely coming back! This has been the best treatment I've tried so far, and believe me I've tried a few on here - cider vinegar, tea tree oil, etc. I am still on my nasal spray which is prescribed, but it's actually able to spray up my nose at last, instead of hitting the polyps and dripping back out. I would say that the salt inhaler is having the same effect as when I've used steroids in the past, but the massive difference here is that the salt is 100% safe and natural. I read how it works and it's something like the crystals are totally untreated in the natural form, and when inhaled into the lungs particles coat the lungs and airways to fight bacteria and dry up mucus. Only need to use for 30 minutes a day, and breathe out through nose (this was hard at first due to the obstructions, but I persevered and it has got easier each day). The feeling I get after using the inhaler is it feels cold on my chest, like I've been up in the mountains on a really crisp clear day, or been by the sea breathing in the windy air.
(South Wales, UK)