Nasal Rinse for Sinus Infection
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I've had many sinus infections over the years. Hay fever in Omaha and flowering trees are the main culprits. I've tried prescription and over the counter medications. Nothing is really effective at preventing an infection. The high powered medications normally work to stop an infection. In a few cases, they were not effective.
The thing that helps us the most is a salt water nasal rinse with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to stop the burning sensation. I used to use an old dish soap dispenser and do my nasal rinse before getting out of the shower. Sue used to use a neti pot, before doing her morning exercises. Now we both use the NeilMed squeeze bottle. It is best to do your nasal rinse first thing in the morning.
During seasons when we don't have sinus problems, we don't use the rinse daily. Research indicates that daily nasal rinsing could be bad for you. Do not use a nasal rinse before bed. You don't want to go to bed with water in your sinus cavity. It could be that those who are experiencing infections, while rinsing or using a neti pot daily, are violating this rule. It is also a good idea to use bottled or filtered water. We heat 8 ounces of filtered water in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Rather than buy the expensive individual salt packets from a pharmacy, we mix one pound of fine salt (non-iodized or kosher, if available) with three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. We use 1/4 teaspoon of that mixture for 8 ounces of warm water.