Last updated on September 1st, 2016 at 08:03 am
Nasal irrigation gives you a choice for sinus relief. You might depend ton decongestant nasal sprays for relief from colds and allergies. Prolonged use of such products can lead to dependence and health complications. Read the label on any bottle of OTC nasal spray and you will see warnings against overuse.
People who want to preserve their nasal passages should stop regular use of decongestant nasal sprays. The products work for short term use. Use them too much and things can get worse. Doctors suggest nasal irrigation for people who want safe, drug-free relief from nasal congestion.
Nasal Irrigation: What it Accomplishes
People with sinus problems find relief by flushing the nasal cavity. The process removes excess mucus and debris to improve breathing. Individuals who experience pain, discharge and coughing get relief. Recent studies have demonstrated that nasal irrigation can reduce the duration and severity of the common cold.rom
Nasal Irrigation: Different Approaches
People interested in nasal irrigation can buy solutions or mix their own. Patients warm a 0.9 percent sodium chloride solution with warm purified water to about 98 degrees.
A primary form of irrigation involves snorting the solution from cupped hands. The process cleanses only the nostrils. Saline nasal spray offers a natural choice to the cupped hands approach. The spray works well to rehydrate sinus passages and clear mucus.
Another approach requires the patient to breathe through the mouth as they pour the solution into one nostril. As it flows out the other side, it clears the passages. The process uses gravity to flush mucus and debris from the sinuses. It gives relief without any drugs.
Some people don’t get the relief they need from passive systems. Devices exist that increase the power of irrigation. By squeezing a bottle, you can force water through the nasal passages. Systems that use an electric pump for irrigation also help.
Next time you feel congested, put away the OTC nasal spray. Instead, take out your saline spray or irrigation device and get the relief you deserve.