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Many people find that rinsing the nasal cavity with salt water (saline) solutions can provide relief from congestion and other nasal symptoms caused by infections, allergies, dust exposure, or anatomic abnormalities. It's hard to imaging a safer or more economical remedy to try. Basically you mix or buy a salt water solution and some device for squirting a couple of ounces of it up your nose.

What materials are needed?

A do-it-yourself method of mixing saline nasal spray for irrigation is to mix a combination of 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt ( popcorn salt or pickling salt) and 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda (optional) per 1 cup (8 ounces) of clean water. You can use a nasal bulb, available at any pharmacy to instill the solution.

How to do it

Stand in front of a sink and bend forward look down at the drain. Keep your mouth open, take a deep breath and as you blow out of your nose mostly and mouth slightly, squirt as much saline in one side of your nose as you comfortably can. Experiment with side to side head positiions. Do not swallow the salt water and do not block the nasal passage comletely with the bulb tip. If you can stand it, right at the end of the procedure, sniff some of the salt water that is left in your nose back to rinse out deeper portions. Then blow your nose repeatedly. Repeat this on the other side. Use 2 to 4 oz. (60 ml to 120 ml.) on each side

NeilMed has the best commercially available solution mixes and application bottles. I recommend them to my patients. NeilMed has good service and surprisingly low prices.


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