Nasal Irrigation

Written by Norene Anderson
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Nasal irrigation is a very important aspect of treatment for individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis or any type of nasal allergy. It is a method to remove the thick, sticky mucus from the nasal passage. A saline solution is used to clean out the passages. This reduces the symptoms caused by postnasal drainage. It also relieves dryness in the mucus membranes.

Another benefit resulting from nasal irrigation is the reduction of coughing due to postnasal drip. There are different ways to irrigate the nasal passages effectively. Some kits come complete and have the solution and the equipment. Others offer suggestions for supplies such as syringes, nose spray bottles, or manufactured irrigator tips. It must allow a continuous flow of the saline solution.

Reasons for Nasal Irrigation

Irrigating the sinuses requires a specific technique. The most common method requires lowering your head over the sink. While in this position, tilt your head according to the instructions for the type of nasal irrigation unit you are using. The solution should go in one nostril and out the other. The pollutants and thickened mucus are removed keeping the airway free and clear.

The frequency of use will depend on the need. For severe allergy sufferers, frequent treatment is required. The great thing about using the saline solution is the fact that it is natural and contains no addictive ingredients. It is mild to use and facilitates the natural efforts of the body. That makes it a great treatment option to include with the administration of other medications such as antihistamines or antibiotics. It is beneficial in case of an infection to remove the loosened mucus as the antibiotic does its work. Cleansing the passageway of infected mucus is vital to rapid healing.


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