Friday, October 22, 2010

How to Perform a Nasal Irrigation

If you have runny nose, flush it out. I wanted to share how to perform nasal irrigation or nasal clease. It may look weird but it is effective and is recommended by doctors. It is a simple saline solution which am gonna share today.
  • Saline (salt water) washes the mucus and irritants from your nose.
  • The sinus passages are moisturized.
  • Studies have shown  that a nasal irrigation improves cell function (the cells that have fine filaments to move the mucus work better.
You will need:

  • 1 quart glass jar that is thoroughly cleansed.
  • Fill with warm water (not hot) not necessarily to boil the water 
  • Add 1 - 1½ heaping teaspoons of salt (pickling/kosher/canning salt) do not use table salt because it contains large amount of additives.
  • Add 1 teaspoon baking soda (pure bicarbonate) Mix ingredients together and store at room temperature. 
Discard after 1 week if not used .
 It is recommended to irrigate your nose once or twice a day. You can use bulb/ear syringe, large medical syringe (30 cc) , water pick with irrigation tip, squeeze bottle or Neti pot. syringe or pick or anything plastic should be sterilized frequently or replaced at least every 2 weeks to avoid contamination and secondary infection. Always pour the amount of fluid you plan to use into a clean bowl . You may warm up the solution but make sure not too hot. Bend over the sink and squirt the solution or let gravity flow if using a irrigation pot aiming the stream towards the back of your head ,NOT the top of your head. It will not harm you if you swallow a little. If you have been told to use nasal medication, you should always use the saline first. The nasal medication is much more effective when sprayed onto clean nasal membranes. Some people may experience a little burning sensation the first few times they use buffered saline solution, but this usually goes away after they adapt to it .

(This was recommended to me by my Physician and instruction given to me. I would like to share this how effective it was for me as I was suffering from viral infection on my nose for months and this is the only thing that worked for me)