Saline Nasal Sprays - Advice From a Sinus Expert
Studies have indicated that saline nasal sprays may help treat rhinitis and sinusitis.
They are useful at removing airborne allergens, thinning mucus thereby relieving nasal congestion, moisturizing the nasal passages and keeping the cilia in your nose healthy. Cilia are the small hair-like structures in your nose that help humidify air to your lungs, assist in sinus drainage, trap bacteria etc. and aid your sense of smell.
Saline nasal sprays come in two forms, isotonic or hypertonic solutions. Isotonic solutions have the same salt concentration as the body whereas hypertonic solutions have a higher salt content. Hypertonic solutions can dry out swollen tissues by drawing liquid from the tissue. However excessive hypertonic solution has been shown to impair the movement of cilia.
Unfortunately many saline nasal sprays contain additives and preservatives such as benzalkonium which can cause side effects and can even be addictive. Therefore it is important to choose a saline nasal spray that contains no additives or preservatives.
Although saline nasal sprays are useful for many people, they do have their disadvantages. They are not particularly effective at relieving sinus pain, pressure and headaches. They do not kill bacterial and fungal infections, therefore do not help many chronic sinusitis sufferers. They do not reduce histamine therefore many allergy sufferers do not get sufficient relief from their symptoms.
Where saline nasal sprays are not effective, natural nasal sprays such as Sinusoothe are a great alternative. Sinusoothe in particular is doctor recommended and contains clinically proven ingredients that are suspended in an isotonic saline solution. Therefore you get all of the benefits of the saline nasal spray plus additional ones. It provides instant relief from sinus pain, pressure, headaches, runny nose etc. since it contains powerful natural anti-inflammatories, pain relievers and anti-histamines. It also has powerful decongestant and expectorant properties therefore is extremely effective at relieving nasal congestion. It also provides a long term solution since it is extremely effective at killing bacterial and fungal infections and desensitizing the sinuses to allergens. Like saline nasal sprays that are additive and preservative free, it is completely safe to use daily and is non-addictive.
It is always best to consult your doctor if you have an existing sinus condition