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How to Properly Clean Your Nose to Fight Sinusitis and Allergies

Sinusitis and Allergies negatively impact tens of millions of Americans in the workplace, at home and at leisure. Each year they suffer the same symptoms because they continue to treat their conditions by blindly following commercials designed to market medications targeting symptom relief for sinus headaches, sinus congestion, post nasal drip and a runny nose. Eventually the body develops resistance to the pharmacologic effects of these medications and newer generations of antihistamines, decongestants, expectorants, nasal steroids and antibiotics have to be utilized to obtain some form of relief as the body battles to fight off symptoms and/or infection.

You may be thinking right about now; "what else can I possibly do?"

Below is a simple phrase, direct and comical, that should help you to remember how to begin treating the underlying condition instead of just seeking symptomatic relief:

Hose Your Nose!

I do not mean spraying a garden hose into each nostril and flushing your nose like a car radiator. One of the most effective ways to remove pollens, animal dander, insect waste, molds and chemical irritants is by practicing some form of sinus irrigation. There are several forms of sinus irrigation that are adopted by individuals fortunate enough to have been made aware that this solution even exists. I only recently became aware of nasal irrigation a few years ago and I am into my mid forties. However, not all forms of sinus irrigation provide the same level of effectiveness to relieve sinus sufferers of their symptoms and to restore their noses to top working condition.

For your consideration:

The neti pot is a plastic, ceramic or metal container that looks very similar to Aladdin's lamp or a distorted tea kettle. The neti pot is filled with a salt water solution and the spout is directed into one nostril and poured into the nose. People often report the awkwardness and messiness resulting from using a neti pot. It does provide some benefit to rinse the nose of allergens that are in contact with the inner lining of the nose. However, it is limited in scope to efficiently cleanse the cilia in the nose of gummy, infectious mucous; the bulk of the solution poured into the nose flows directly over the top of the bio film covering the cilia. If the hair-like cilia in your nose are unable to oscillate freely, the mucous in your nose becomes stagnant and breeding grounds for bacterial and viral infections.

Lavage bottles or sinus rinse bottles hold a salt water solution. When squeezed a large volume of water is channeled through a spout and forced into a nostril. Once again, they may be effective at rinsing out allergens; however, the solution typically will flow over the top of the bio film covering the cilia. Sinus irrigation is most effective when you restore the mucociliary system to transport mucous to the back of the throat.

The good news is that neti pots and lavage bottles have been dramatically improved upon. Pulsatile Irrigation Systems delivers a soothing stream of a saline solution into your nostrils that provides immediate natural relief. Pulsatile Irrigation accomplishes two different objectives. First, it flushes out the reactive allergens adhering to the inside of your nose. Second, the pulsating action of the saline solution gently erodes way the thick, infectious bio film preventing the mucociliary system from performing the function of ridding the nose of debris. Respiraid is a company with the mission to help people breathe more freely and distributes a cost effective and convenient to use Pulsatile Irrigation System.

Here is the bottom line; washing out a cut or laceration is common protocol to prevent infection. Does it not make sense to clean your nose?

The purpose of this article is to inspire people to think more practically about how to treat their underlying sinus conditions. Medication does play an important role in alleviating symptoms and promoting healing when appropriate. Consult your medical provider to discern how you may be able to reduce your dependence upon or increase the effectiveness of medications designed to help sufferers of sinusitis and allergies.

Author : Jim Retzke