Hypertonic Nasal Saline Irrigations
Hypertonic Nasal Saline Irrigations

Hypertonic  Nasal Saline Irrigations

The following should only be done after an examination and approval by your physician or doctor !!!  
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The Benefits:

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).

The Recipe.

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 slowly.

The Instructions.

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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