How and Why to Use Nasal Irrigation
What is nasal irrigation?
Nasal irrigation, also known as nasal rinse or nasal wash, is simply the act of rinsing the nasal cavity with a saline (salt water) solution.
What are the benefits of nasal irrigation?
Nasal irrigation can help to clear the nasal passages from mucus, allergans, and infectious agents, and also moisten the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses. It has been shown to help in the treatment and prevention of sinusitis and other nasal and allergy related problems, improve breathing, and enhance the sense of taste and smell.
To learn about the history of nasal irrigation and the research-proven benefits, check out the links below.
Links to more information
- Nasal irrigation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- News: Nasal Irrigation Helps Control Sinus Problems, UW Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Ma
People who consistently practice nasal irrigation report fewer symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis (stuffy, runny nose), an improved quality of life and a decline in their dependence on nasal sprays and antibiotics.
What You Will Need
What are the products offered for nasal irrigation?
The best-known product for nasal rinsing is the Neti Pot. The Neti is basically a small pot, resembling a teapot, which you fill with a saline solution. It takes a little practice, but you place the spout in one nostril, gently allow the solution to flow in, and it comes out the other nostril.
disposable and pulse systems
Better Than the Neti?
What other products are available?
Some newer, more convenient, and, often, more effective nasal irrigation products are on the market now.
Disposable systems offer convenience, many featuring pre-mixed solutions. The bottle used in such products is often easier for most people to use, and can be washed and re-used, thrown away, or recycled.
Pulse Irrigation Systems
Pulse irrigation systems are becoming extremely popular. The pulsating action is said to better remove mucus and debris, as well as offering throat irrigation and tongue cleansing.
The links below explain in greater detail the newer irrigation systems available.
Further info about nasal irrigation systems
- Dr. Hana's Nasopure Nasal Wash System
Dr. Hana's Nasopure is an organic nasal washing system washes away irritants, bacteria, viruses and mucus the primary causes of allergies, infection, and discomfort.
- Clinical study and literature review of nasal irrigaton using pulsative systems..
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related
- Navage Nasal Hygiene System | Navage - Breathe Better Now
Navge Nasal Hygiene System is the innovative new way to gently wash the nasal passages with soothing saline. Doctor recommended Navge takes a fresh new approach and gently pulls saline through the nose using light suction, Other methods like the...
Do It Yourself
You can also perform nasal irrigation with a bulb syringe, making your own solution.
For simple nasal rinsing, this method works well.
Information from the Mayo Clinic
- Nasal Irrigation an Easy Way to Relieve Congestion
To perform nasal irrigation, use a bulb syringe to draw up the saline solution from a bowl. While leaning over a sink, gently place the tip of the syringe into your nose. Don't insert it all the way inside. Instead, insert the syringe a distance equa
Don't forget the solutions...
What about the irrigation solutions?
The basic solution for nasal irrigation consists of salt, water, and often a small amount of baking soda.
Some of the products offered are pre-mixed packets and jars of powder, containing a ph-balanced mixture of sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. All you need to do is add your own water. Most manufacturers recommend using bottled or pre-boiled water.
Do-it-yourself irrigation solution
You can also make your own nasal irrigation solution at home.
1 tsp (5 ml) pickling/canning salt
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda (optional) not baking powder!
1 pint (475ml) of water (use distilled or filtered water if any concerns about the water quality in your area)
Simply dissolve salt and baking soda in the water, and store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Discard any solution after one week or if it begins to appear cloudy.
Some prefer to boil the solution; please allow to cool before use or storage.
When should you not use nasal irrigation?
Don't use nasal irrigation if you are fighting an ear infection, or if one or both nostrils are completely plugged or hard to breathe through.
Not only could you create pressure inside the nasal or sinus cavities, but the solution may not drain well, causing problems with your ears.,
If you are running a fever or having any nasal, sinus, or allergy problems that are persistent or new to you, talk to your health care provider first.
This hub is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and not meant to diagnose, treat, or otherwise cure anything or anybody.
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