Sinus Rinse (Nasal Irrigation)

Sinus rinses, or “nasal irrigation”, is an inexpensive way to treat sinusitis.  It is safe and can be performed daily as needed and is proven to be effective.  Nasal irrigation uses warm saline solution to rinse the nasal passages, clear out dried mucus, allow the sinuses to drain freely, and speed up healing of inflamed tissues.  There are several devices that can be used.  Non-prescription saline nasal sprays purchased in the pharmacy are best for cleaning out mucous from the nasal passages to relieve nasal congestion.  Powered irrigation systems are also common like a water-pick with a soft, rubber-tip attachment placed on the nasal opening.  There are also traditional devices still used often such as the Indian neti pot, and a number of other liquid formulas.

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