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Wellness Tip

Nasal Irrigation for Sinus Congestion

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you have chronic sinus congestion, talk to your doctor about nasal irrigation. In a study from the U.K. of 871 people with chronic or recurrent sinusitis, published in the journal CMAJ, those instructed to perform daily nasal irrigation using a neti pot for six months (after brief training and viewing of a short video) reported greater symptom relief and reduced use of over-the-counter medications, compared to those following usual care or those who inhaled steam every day.

Nasal irrigation involves pouring a saline solution into one nostril and draining it out the other to flush out accumulated mucus and nasal debris. In preparing the saline solution, it’s essential that you use sterile, distilled, or boiled water to avoid potential microbial infection.

Also see Neti Pots and Antihistamines: 7 Things to Know.