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Sinus Rinsing With Saline or Medication

Normally, the nose and sinuses clean themselves by draining mucus during the day. Many people do not notice this slow drainage of mucus into their throat.

Having a stuffy nose cough and nasal congestion from allergies a sinus infection or from other medical issues can greatly affect your quality of life this video provides important information about sinus rinsing sinus rinsing is an effective self-care technique that you can do at home to help with your symptoms this video addresses what is sinus congestion the

Benefits of sinus rinsing and how to do sinus rinsing at home the sinuses are air-filled spaces in the cheek bones between the eyes and in the forehead normally the sinuses are moist or wet inside with a thin layer of mucous normal healthy sinuses have fine hairs or cilia inside to clear the mucus it drains away on its own when your sinuses aren’t working as

They should the mucus builds up this is called congestion congestion usually means that the lining of the sinuses is swollen you may have thick colored mucus drainage bad breath fever facial pressure or pain a cough stuffy nose or all of these symptoms rinsing the inside of your nose with a mild salt water solution helps to reduce the swelling this in turn often

Reduces congestion to help you breathe more easily rinsing also moves mucus dirt and dust out of your nose and sinuses rinsing the inside of the nose is known as sinus rinsing sinus irrigation or sinus lavage sinus rinsing is a technique you can learn to do at home sinus rinsing is a proactive step you can take to help relieve sinus symptoms and congestion here

Are the steps to do sinus rinsing step 1 gather your supplies you will need a sinus rinsing device and materials to make a mild saltwater solution this is also known as saline solution there are different devices to use for sinus rinsing the most common are a sinus rinse bottle as you squeeze the bottle the saline squirts at the top or a neti pot which looks

Like a small tea pot you can get a sinus rinse bottle or neti pot at your local drugstore or a store that carries home healthcare supplies a bulb syringe should not be used for sinus rinsing unless your healthcare provider tells you to use one saline solution is the most common fluid to use for sinus rinsing saline is a mixture of salt baking soda and very clean

Water distilled water is the best option no matter where you live tap water or well water are not completely clean or pure for purposes of sinus rinsing you don’t want germs in the water to go into your nose if you must use tap water boil it for three minutes and then cool use water that is warm or body temperature it is more comfortable you can warm the water

In a microwave don’t use hot water for the saline ingredients you can buy pre-measured packets of saline powder over the counter you can also make it yourself if you make saline at home start with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of distilled water use non-iodized sea salt or kosher salt and not table salt the non-iodized salt

Will be more comfortable adjust the amount of salt to your comfort step 2 wash your hands very well with soap and water rinse and dry your hands on a clean towel step 3 prepare the saline solution fill the sinus rinse bottle with the warm distilled water add the saline powder to the bottle screw on the nozzle gently shake the bottle to mix the solution for a

Neti pot stir the saline powder into the water and mix gently if you are measuring your own salt and baking soda to make saline add both to the bottle or neti pot and mix gently step 4 start rinsing lean your upper body over a sink you may prefer to keep your face upright as if you are looking into a mirror or you may want to tip your head toward the faucet put

The tip of the bottle firmly into one of your nostrils you want to block the entire nostril gently squeeze the bottle until the solution runs out of your other nostril or your mouth before you release each squeeze remove the bottle from your nose you don’t want to pull solution that was in your nose back into the bottle use about half the bottle for each nostril

If you are having trouble try putting your head in different positions to see what works for you for a neti pot follow the same steps tip your head to the side put the tip of the neti pot firmly into one nostril pour the saline into the nostril so it runs out of your other nostril or your mouth do one side and then the other step 5 after rinsing tilt your head

To the side and blow your nose some saline may drain down your throat the small amount you swallow is not a problem for most people step 6 clean the bottle when you have finished rinsing wash the bottle or neti pot with hot but not boiling water and a small amount of dishwashing soap rinse and drain well allow to air dry wash your hands and dry on a clean towel

Replace the bottle every three months as you start with sinus rinsing you may have to try different saline powders to see which one works best for you and don’t give up sinus rinsing may seem hard at first but it is an important part of your self-care and it makes a difference for many people your mayo clinic health care team is here to help answer all of your

Questions as you manage your symptoms from allergies chronic sinus infection or from other medical issues

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Sinus Rinsing With Saline or Medication By Mayo Clinic