Nasal Saline Irrigation
You will need the following.
- 1/2 teaspoon of canning, pickling or sea salt. Not table salt!
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
- 240 ml’s of sterilised water, boiled or cooled.
- Nasal sinus rinse bottle.
Use a sinus bottle with the tip facing up to irrigate your nose. Bend your head far forward over a tub or sink. Place the tip of the bottle just inside your nostril and flush your nose with a moderate amount of force. Repeat this twice on each side. Repeat the entire sequence two to three times daily. If you have been prescribed nasal steroid sprays, use them five to ten minutes after you have irrigated your nose. NOTE: It is best not to store saline mixture overnight. If you need to, then refrigerate. Also, make sure to clean your syringe bottle after each use with soap and water and then air dry
Ready Made Sinus Irrigation
Sachets of the previously mentioned ingredients availbe commercially in some pharmacies and online. Most common brands are:-
- Xlear : with Xylitol
- HoneyDoc: with Manuka Honey
The difference between them is clinically minimal but these are options available to choose from as it suits the patient.