Nasal irrigation is a good idea. It clears sticky mucous from your nasal passages and improves airflow in and out of your nose. Improved airflow will relieve the stuffy and blocked feeling. Mucous membranes in your nose are cleared from mucous and you can absorb your nasal spray better. This will decrease inflammation and relieve nasal swelling and production of snot.
Nasal washouts can be done with special bottles that you can get at most pharmacies. These look a bit like a soft babies bottle with a nozzle attached that fits into your nose. It can also be done with a large syringe, but care needs to be taken to make sure the nozzle of the syringe doesn’t hurt the inside of the nose, and that you can make a seal with the top of the syringe against the nostril.
Instructions for use:
- Stand over the bathroom sink and tilt your head for
- Fill a special bottle or a 20ml syringe with your solution, insert the tip into one nostril and make a “seal” between the hub of the syringe and your nose.
- Aim towards the back of your head.
- Breathe through your mouth only (or pant in and out like a dog).
- Squeeze gently so water comes out slowly.
The solution should go through your nostril and not leak out on that side…. It will come out the other nostril!
- Tilt your head from side to side to help drainage.
- Repeat until water runs out clear.
- Repeat into other nostril.
- Gently blow your nose once done.
- Use your nasal steroid spray after irrigation.
Do irrigation up to 2 to 3 times per day.
Avoid nasal irrigation if you have an acute sinus infection.
You may experience burning the first few times you irrigate your nose.
Gagging or ear pain means too vigorous irrigation.
Solution for nasal irrigation is available in little sachets from pharmacies that are then mixed with boiled cooled water. Alternatively a home made solution can be made.
- 1 cup boiled cooled-down water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Use more salt when more stuffy and less salt when nasal passages are less congested.
Solution can be stored at room temperature for a day.