Nasal polyps are small, sac-like growths consisting of inflamed nasal mucosa.
They can appear in a number of conditions.
The polyps originate near the ethmoid sinuses (located at the top of the nose) and grow into the open areas.
Large polyps can obstruct the airway.
Polyps are seen with asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), chronic sinus infections, and cystic fibrosis.
About 1 in 4 people with cystic fibrosis have nasal polyps.
· Nasal obstruction
· Mouth breathing
· Voice -- sounds as if person is congested
Having any of the following conditions indicate a susceptibility to nasal polyps:
· Hay fever
· Sinus infections
· Cystic fibrosis
Nasal examination reveals a grayish grape-like mass within the nasal cavity.
Surgery to remove the polyps is recommended.
Elimination diet: For 7 days only the following are allowed: lamb, venison, salmon, cod, trout,
mackerel (not tinned or smoked), pears, avocados, parsnips, turnips, swedes, celery, chinese bean sprouts,
sweet potatoes, marrow, courgette and marrow. Only bottled mineral water is allowed for liquid and sea salt may be
used for flavouring. Bicarbonate of soda should be used as a substitute for toothpaste.
Of course you will also need to avoid allergy causing chemical additives, yeast and foodstuffs which are found in
If you get no benefit from avoiding these items for a week you probably do not have food intolerance.
If you do get an improvement in symptoms then each food has to be introduced in turn to discover the culprits.
Reactions can take a few days to build up with some foods. In Asthma Epidemic most foods are introduced for only a
single day but it can take 3 days before getting a reaction.
Avoiding all of the following:
YEAST - make your own bread with wholemeal self-raising flour and use Pure brand spread which is entirely dairy and
soya free (many dairy free margarines contain soya based lecithin).
DAIRY PRODUCE - avoid all dairy products initially (i.e. milk, butter, cream, cheese).
SOYA - avoid soya entirely.
SUGAR - avoid all sources of sugar including cakes, biscuits and chocolate.
TEA AND COFFEE - avoid all caffeinated drinks completely as well as cocoa and chocolate. Caffeine in a very addictive substance although why this should cause allergy is unclear. Incidentally paracetamol (acetaminophen) has recently been
proven to worsen asthma in hospital studies here and some polyp patients are allergic to aspirin and possibly ibuprofen,
so you may have to come off that caffeine slowly!
ALCOHOL - alcoholic drinks cause nasal symptoms to worsen within minutes.
PEANUTS - avoid
You will usually only benefit by removing all the problem foods, not just one or two. I find that the diet takes about 3 days
to improve symptoms - you should allow at least a week as responses vary.
When introducing a problem food it takes about 3 days for symptoms to worsen. Keep careful notes and once you have
proved a food is a problem it's best not to experiment with it if you are highly sensitive.
Some polyp patients are allergic to aspirin or ibuprofen .
If the Elimination Diet does not reduce your symptoms then you may not be sensitive to foods.
Alternatively you may have large polyps already which require surgery before you notice any improvement.
You should do the elimination diet for at least a week to see if you achieve any improvement and you must stick to it rigidly.
Please be advised: This information is provided for personal interest.
As every individual case is different, it is essential that a certified health professional be consulted before initiating any
Should you wish to discuss the specifics of your case you can contact Dr. Comas (416) 515-8493
or e-mail: Dr-Comas@NaturalMedicineSolutions.com