Case of allergic rhinitiswith nasal polyps

Case of allergic rhinitiswith nasal polyps
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Nasal polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths of the lining of mucosa (lining) of the nose.

Cause

Nasal polyps grow in inflamed tissue of the nasal mucosa. The mucosa is a very wet layer that helps protect the inside of your nose and sinuses and humidify the air you breathe. During an infection or allergic reaction, the nasal mucosa becomes swollen and red, and may produce fluid that drips out. With continued irritation, this mucosa may form a polyp. A polyp is a round-shaped growth that can block nasal passages.

The triggering factors for polyps include

  • chronic sinus infections
  • asthma
  • allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) sensitivity (an allergy-like response to aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)

Symptoms

  • nasal obstruction (feeling like your nose is blocked)
  • runny nose
  • postnasal drip (excess mucus that may run down the back of your throat)
  • persistent stuffiness/congestion
  • reduced sense of smell
  • mouth breathing
  • sense of pressure in forehead or face
  • snoring

Homoeopathy has a very good scope in the treatment of polpys. It not treats them, but also cures the tendency which often causes recurrence of polyps by treating the patient holistically (overall) rather than just symptomatically. Given below is one of the brief case examples who was treated for polyps at our clinic.

A 26-year-old-female was consulted at the other song by Dr. Manish Yadav for allergic cold and nasal polyps. She complained very loud and frequent sneezing, so much that she said that she sneezed almost a 100 times daily and had severe nose block at night. Besides, the nose block would also be worse when she got emotional or wept. The nasal polyps got aggravated in every rainy season and with every change of weather.

In Homoeopathy it is important to explore the patient’s medical, psychological and social history through a skillful case-taking which reveals his tendencies and the most characteristic symptoms. The medicine which corresponds to the patient’s characteristic symptoms is then prescribed.

For this, the patient’s history was explored in detail and the case taking revealed that the patient had sensitivity to rude behavior and felt very weak emotionally when faced with such rudeness. The patient had a tendency to weep at trivial issues and she wept throughout the process of case taking. When asked about her dreams, she said that she often had horrifying dreams of ghosts. Dreams play a very important part in homoeopathic case-taking as they give an insight into the patient’s subconscious, revealing more about the patient’s emotional state.The patient desiredto be in open air and cravedsweets and sour food.The patient’s family history reveals asthma and allergic conditions.

On the basis of the details that came up during case taking – the patient’s history, dreams, general affections, past history and diagnosis a homoeopathic remedy that matched the patient’s totality that simply means the entire picture of the patient.

Follow up

The patient was progressively much better with respect to her episodes of cold and cough. The sneezing decreased in intensity and number. Her nose block was totally relieved as well.The acute episodes which were a regular occurrence earlier with every change of weather also significantly decreased. The nasal polyps completely disappeared over a period of 1 year. She also improved emotionally and was no longer affected by the rude behavior of others.

The patient regularly follows up at monthly intervals.

By by Dr. Manish Yadav  |  September 24, 2015

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