Sinus irigation is a type of alternative procedure for flushing out mucus along the nasal and sinus passages. Originating in India, it's been employed for centuries to provide relief to people suffering from sinusitis, colds, nasal congestion and allergic rhinitis. According to studies, it can be very effective and involves no side effects when administrated properly.
People who wish to leave out popping the pills commonly prescribed for sinusitis and related problems, can benefit from this procedure. There are no side effects involved, unlike drugs which can cause sleepiness. It's so inexpensive and it can be done on your own at home. Additionally, the ingredients needed to create the saline solution can be found in an average kitchen: clean water and table salt.
Executing this procedure can be done in different ways. There's an approach wherein no special device is needed except for your cupped hand. Although there are some approaches which necessitate the use of special devices. One of these is the bulb syringe that enables you to regulate the flow of the solution that enters the nostril and gush through the passes of the sinuses.
Then there's also the neti pot, which looks just like a little tea pot. A spout is attached to it; This is placed in one of the nostrils to enable the solution to get inside the nasal cavity. The position of the head is adjusted to facilitate the flow of the solution naturally with the help of gravity.
It's possible to purchase a saline solution that's already made. But mixing your own is not that difficult. The ingredients you need are inexpensive. Simply add half a teaspoon of table salt and a pinch of baking soda to a cup of lukewarm water. But do not use tap water for the irritation of your sinuses as it may have impurities that can only aggravate the problem. In addition, the salt that you have to use should not be the iodized kind.
Using this formula in creating the solution is important as it aims to give the same concentration as that of your tears. In performing the procedure, your head should be placed above the sink to prevent drippings from getting to the floor. Fill your cupped hand with the lukewarm solution. Cover one nose and snort the solution with the other one. Blow your nose gently to remove the solution and mucus. Repeat the procedure with your other nostril.
If using a bulb syringe or neti pot, simply place the tip of the instrument in one of your nostrils. Press the bulb or tilt the head and the pot to enable the saline solution to flow into the nasal cavity. Do not cover the other nostril as that's where the solution will exit. Adjust the angle of your head in order to make sure the solution gets to your nasal and sinus passes. Gently blow your nose afterwards, then repeat the procedure with the other nostril.
However, doing the procedure a number of times a day is not recommended. That's because the protective mucus lining of the nasal passes can be washed out as well. Additionally, talk with your doctor if you wish to try this to attain relief from sinusitis, colds, nasal congestion, allergic rhinitis and others. If performed in the right manner, sinus irrigation can be very safe and effective.