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How to perform nasal irrigation with a plastic syringe?

Updated on June 19, 2011

About Sinus Infection

Many people are not even aware that they are suffering from sinus infection for years! I am one of them. Due to the lack of awareness, we allow this debilitating condition to become worse until it turns into chronic sinus infection. By the time we see the good doctor, our symptoms would have become full-blown and the sinus infection becomes more difficult to treat.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

The following are the major sinus symptoms :

1. Frontal headaches, normally referred to as sinus headaches, especially in the mornings.

2. Facial pain especially in the area of the cheeks. The maxillary sinuses are located behind the cheekbones.

3. Enlarged turbinates causing nasal obstruction and decreased air-exchange.

4. The presence of abnormal mucus production. This could be colored or non-colored. Colored mucus could mean a bacterial infection. Uncolored mucus could mean chronic sinus infection, especially if the mucus is thick and jelly-like.

5. Persistent cough which does not seem to go away. This is caused by mucus draining down onto the throat frequently.

Should you have any of these symptoms or a combination of symptoms, there is a likelihood that you have sinus infection.

Nasal irrigation

A top ENT surgeon, who has been treating me for my sinus infection, taught me the simple procedure of using a syringe to perform nasal irrigation.

The purpose of nasal irrigation is to get rid of the thick mucus that have collected in the sinuses so that it enhances drainage. This will help reduce sinus pressure almost immediately.

Strangely, since I started on nasal irrigation, I have not fallen ill from influenza. The reason could be due to the fact that bacteria and viruses are not allowed to proliferate within the sinuses since they are flushed out through nasal irrigation before they can cause an infection. Nasal irrigation is really important for those who have a weak or weakened immune system.

Things You Need

1. A 10ml plastic syringe without a needle.

2.100mg of sodium bicarbonate powder.

3. A cup.

4. A teaspoon.

Photo Of The Plastic Syringe

Steps To Perform Nasal Irrigation With A Plastic Syringe

1. Mix 1 teaspoonful of the sodium bicarbonate powder into a small cup of water and stir the mixture. Fill up the syringe with the solution.

2. Lower your head into the basin and tilt your head to the side and slightly down toward the basin. Ideally, the chin and the forehead should be level with each other.

3. Insert the syringe into the upper nostril so that it creates a complete seal and inject the saline solution so that it flows into that nostril, through the nasal passages, and out the lower nostril.

4. Expel whatever solution and mucus that is trapped within the nasal passages by blowing them out of the nostrils. For best results, it would be better to keep one nostril shut and blow out the contents through the other. If your nostrils are blocked, you should not forcefully blow out the water. Do so gently.

5. Repeat the entire process by tilting the head to the other side and inserting the syringe through the other nostril.

If you are having a nasal congestion caused by an allergy or infection, it is important that the seal formed by the syringe and the nostril remains tight. Otherwise, when the saline solution is injected, the solution instead of passing through the nasal passages, gets expired out through the same nostril that the syringe is inserted.

To do this successfully, you need to exert a little more pressure on the plunger so that the saline solution can pass through the nasal passages and then out through the other nostril. That is it. It is that simple!

Sinus Infection Home Remedies

Besides nasal irrigation, there are other sinus infdection home remedies which are quite effective as well.

For example you could inhale steam to improve sinus drainage. What you need to do is to cover your head with a clean towel and tent it over your head which is above a basin of relatively hot water so that there is a lot of steam rising from it. You may also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to enhance the effect.

Another method to prevent sinus infections is to ensure that your body is in tip top condition by drinking lots of fluid. We all aware that a dehydrated body is more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections because of our compromised immune system.

Having supplementation such as Echinacea can certainly boost your immune system if taken correctly.


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