How To Prevent Polyps After A Laser Surgery

If you have a chronic sinusitis condition caused by allergies, then it is possible that polyps have formed inside your nose. Polyps occur when the nasal passages are constantly inflamed. The inflammation causes the mucous membranes in your nose to retain moisture. Gravity pulls the inflamed and fluid rich membranes down into the sinuses and solid masses form that are called polyps. Polyps can be removed through a laser surgery that involves an endoscope. This procedure can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for your to recover. Unfortunately, polyps can return after surgical removal is completed. This means you need to work hard to keep the formations from returning.

Retain a Consistent Home Environment

If you have a chronic sinusitis or allergy condition, then you probably know that fluctuations in the temperature and humidity can cause your sinuses to swell. When the air in your home is dry and cool, then the natural mucous in your nose dries out. This causes the blood vessels and tissues in your nose to become irritated and they begin to swell. When the air is too moist, then the water in the air is retained by your nasal passages and this also causes inflammation. The constant swelling can then cause new polyps to form in your nose.

The Best Environment

If you want to keep polyps from returning, make sure to set up an air conditioner in your home in the summer. The air conditioner will help to keep moisture out of the air and it will reduce temperatures that can irritate the nose. When you use the air conditioner, make sure to set it at a moderate temperature between 65 and 72 degrees. Your heating system should be set within the same range during the winter months to retain a consistent environment all year round.

During the winter, you also should make sure that you place a humidifier in your house. This will help to combat the dry conditions that commonly occur when your heater is running. When you purchase the humidifier, make sure that the device features a digital humidity readout. Watch the digital reading carefully and make sure the humidity in your home stays below about 50%. This is wise to keep the air from becoming too moist, and it will also keep mold from growing in your home. Mold is considered an irritant that can cause sinus inflammation.

Reduce Home Allergens

If you have an allergy condition, then your allergies can cause polyps to form in your nose. This occurs, because the body responds to allergens that same way it responds to viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances that enter the body.  

Histamine is produced by the body that causes the tissues to swell, and the body releases white blood cells to get rid of the foreign bodies. The swelling forces the body to retain fluids though, and this can cause polyps to form in the nose. You can reduce this response by making sure that allergens are reduced inside your home.

Clean Your House

One of the easiest ways to make sure that allergens to not enter your home is to keep windows closed during the spring, summer, and fall months. Also, make sure that people do not smoke in your home or enter your house immediately after smoking. Dust, mold, and pet dander may accumulate in your home even if you take precautions, so clean your house regularly to reduce the allergens that accumulate indoors.

Vacuuming on a daily basis is a good way to remove allergens. If you want to remove as much dust and debris as possible, then invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Otherwise, dust particles will not be trapped by the vacuum and they will be forced back into the air. You can easily breathe in the dust when this happens.

You can also remove allergens from your home by using a cleaning solution that kills mold, mildew, and dust mites. Vinegar is one of these materials, so use it to clean floors, counters, and other areas of your home.

If you have sinusitis or allergies, then polyps may grow in your nose. A physician can give you more information and remove the polyps during a laser procedure, but you need to make sure that the polyps do not return.