|Hypertonic Nasal Saline
The following should only be done after an examination and approval by your
physician or doctor !!!
1. When you
irrigate, the hypertonic saline (salt water) acts as a solvent and washes
the mucus crusts and other debris from the nose.
2. The higher salt concentration pulls fluid out of the swollen
membranes and shrinks them. This decongests and improves the air flow
into your nose. The sinus passages begin to open.
3. Studies have also shown that high concentration of salt water
improves cell function (ciliary beat pattern).
1. Chose a one-quart glass jar that is thoroughly cleansed.
2. Fill the jar with tap water. You do not need to boil the
water. You may use tap water
3. Add 2-3 heaping teaspoons of pickling/canning salt, NOT
table salt as it contains a large number of additives.
4. Add 1 teaspoon Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (pure bicarbonate).
5. Mix the ingredients together and store at room temperature.
Discard after two weeks. If you find this solution too strong, you may
decrease the amount of salt to 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
With children it is often best to start with the milder solution and advance
You should plan to irrigate your nose with
hypertonic saline 2-3 times a day. You may use a bulb/ear syringe,
large medical syringe (30 cc) or water pick with irrigation tip.
Always pour the amount of fluid you plan to use into a clean bowel.
DO NOT put your used syringe back into the quart because it contaminates
the solution. Many people prefer to warm the solution slightly in the
microwave - but be sure that the solution is NOT HOT. Stand
over the sink ( some people do this in the shower) and squirt the solution
into each side of your nose aiming the stream toward the back of your head,
NOT the top of your head. This allows you to spit the saltwater
out of your mouth. It will not harm you if you swallow a little.
If you are on a medicated nasal spray always
irrigate your nose first, then use the nasal spray.
Most people experience a little burning sensation the first few times they
use the hypertonic solution, but this usually goes away in a few days.
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