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Nasal Irrigation

What is Nasal Irrigation?

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Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out mucus and debris from the nose and the sinuses [1]. It is performed to treat a range of sinus and nasal problems rising from chronic sinusitis such as nasal congestion, excessive discharge, and bad breath. Many of the sinus problems that we experience occur due to swelling of the sinuses. Nasal irrigation can reduce the inflammation and improve symptoms of sinus dysfunction. In some cases, antibiotic medication can be added to the irrigation solution to treat infections.

In this page, Dr. Jeffrey Ahn will teach you how to perform nasal irrigation step-by-step.

Nasal Irrigation Instruction

  1. You may purchase sterile saline solution without a prescription from the local pharmacy. You may also make your own saline solution at home; all you need to do is boil tap water for 5 minutes, let it cool, and mix with iodine-free salt in the Neti Pot or any container that has a small opening.
  2. Taste the solution to make sure its consistency and taste are similar to that of your own tears
  3. Tilt your head up and to the side over the sink. Slowly pour the saline solution into one nostril using the Neti Pot.
  4. Make sure to breathe with your mouth and not with your nose during this process. The solution will come out of the other nostril if the instructions are followed properly.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 on the other nostril.
  6. Gently blow your nose to get rid of any leftover saline solution.
  7. Apply Vaseline to your nose with your fingertip.
  8. Repeat above process three to five times daily.
  9. Boil your ceramic Neti Pot for five minutes weekly to sterilize it.

For specific instructions, click below.

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Watch How to Use a Neti Pot