Nasal irrigation may help you deal with allergy and flu symptoms, you pour a saline solution into one nostril. As it flows through your nasal cavity into the other nostril, it washes out mucus and allergens.
Is it safe?
How to use them safely? Clean water is the first part of safely use:
Tap water isn’t safe enough for use as a nasal rinse because it’s not adequately filtered or treated. Some tap water contains low levels of organisms — such as bacteria and protozoa, including amoebas — that may be safe to swallow because stomach acid kills them. Boiled or sterile water can be helpful with nasal rinse. Always warm up for your comfort.
Use your device properly
There are various ways to deliver saline into your nose. Nasal spray deliver a fine mist and might be useful for moisturizing dry nasal passages. But irrigation devices with powered suction are better at sucking out mucus, allergen, bacteria and flush them away.
Sinus rinsing can remove dust, pollen and other debris, as well as help to loosen thick mucus. It can also help relieve nasal symptoms of sinus infections, allergies, colds and flu. Plain water can irritate your nose. The saline allows the water to pass through delicate nasal membranes with little or no burning or irritation.
To use and care for your device:
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Check that the device is clean and completely dry.
- Mix your saline solution
Mix your saline solution powder with warm water. 2g of salt with 200ml water will be good to go. Otherwise, you can buy a saline solution powder and follow the directions on the label or make your own.
Pour in the Saline Solution
Place the nozzles just inside your nose. Keeping your mouth open, turn on the device to pour the water into your nostril. Remember to breathe through your mouth, not your nose.
Irrigation can benefit people who have sinus problems, nasal allergies, colds, and even flu symptoms. It can help both adults and kids. Some people use it every day to stay symptom-free. You shouldn’t use it if you have an ear infection or a nostril that’s plugged and hard to breathe through.