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What is a Nasal Rinse and How Does it Work?

Nasal rinses are usually used to help with congestion or a stuffy nose. They can be done by either pouring water, salt water, or saline solution into your nose and then blowing it out. Nasal rinses help soothe the tissues in your nose as well as moisturize them, which is great if you have dryness issues such as allergies or other conditions that may cause irritation of the skin.

Saline nasal rinses have been shown to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring like sneezing, runny/stuffy noses and sinus pressure, which not only makes life more enjoyable but also healthier for those who suffer from allergies. Using saline rinses regularly has been found to reduce the need for medications when dealing with sinus congestion.

How to make your own saline rinse

To make your own home-made saline rinse, you will need 8 ounces of clean water, 1 ounce of unprocessed sea salt or table salt (not iodized), and a pinch of baking soda.

Fill a container with warm/hot water. Add the salt and stir until it is completely dissolved in the water. Add the baking soda and stir again to be sure that it is mixed in well. The mixture should not have any lumps or crystals sticking to the sides of the container.

Measure out 8 ounces of this solution into a decanter or similar vessel that has an opening big enough for your nose to fit inside comfortably. Use one hand to seal off one nostril while you pour the solution into your other nostril. Blow out the solution and repeat on the other side.

Use distilled water instead of tap water to make this saline rinse, as tap water may contain minerals that can cause irritation or infection. Also, do not use a metal container to store your saline solution in since it could grow bacteria if left long enough.

Since this is your own solution, make sure you clean the container thoroughly after each use to avoid any contamination or infections.

How to do a saline nasal rinse

Pinch your nostrils closed or seal them using your fingers or clean cloth.

Pour the water, salt water, or saline solution into one nostril while blocking any liquid from entering the other nostril with your finger.

Blow out.

Repeat on other side.

Precautions when doing a saline solution rinse

While saline rinses are generally safe, there are a few precautions that you should take to avoid further irritation. Do not use the same rinse for more than 3 days in a row. After this time, consider changing to another type of rinse like a neti pot which has its own special solution.

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Saline rinses may be able to soothe and moisturize your nose while also preventing congestion, dryness, allergies and more! If you’re looking for a natural remedy that can help relieve allergy symptoms without the use of medications or steroids then saline nasal rinse is the solution. However, if these common side effects persist after doing a saline rinse, please visit The Ear and Sinus Institute

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