Monday, February 15, 2010

Nasal Rinse for Sinus Infection

A man doing nasal irrigation
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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 use an old dish soap dispenser and do my nasal rinse before getting out of the shower. Sue uses a neti pot, before doing her morning exercises. 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. Research indicates that daily nasal rinsing could be bad for you. Do not use a nasal rinse before bed. You don't want to got 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.

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 one teaspoon for about 10 ounces of warm water.


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