Nasal Irrigation

With Hypertonic Saline (salt water) Solution

This simple treatment is known to improve the functions of the mucous membranes lining the nose and sinuses.

You Will Need:

  • Salt that does not contain iodine or preservatives. Sea salt, non-iodized table salt, kosher salt, and pickling or canning salt are examples.
  • Baking soda.
  • A clean glass or plastic container, at least one quart size.
  • Measuring spoon.
  • Clean plastic or glass bowl.
  • Irrigation bulb, such as the type used to clean infants’ noses - available in most drug stores.

Preparation:

  • Fill a clean glass or plastic container with one quart of bottled water. You do not have to boil the water.
  • Add two (2) heaping teaspoons of non-iodized salt (non-iodized table salt, kosher salt, pickling or canning salt) to the mixture.
  • Add one (1) rounded teaspoon of baking soda to the mixture.
  • Store this mixture at room temperature and shake or stir well before each use.
  • Discard and mix a new batch weekly.

To Use:

  • Shake or stir well, then pour some of the mixture into a clean bowl. Warming this to body temperature may help, but make sure it is not hot.
  • Fill the bulb irrigator with solution. To avoid contamination, do not place the bulb irrigtor into the large container in which you mixed the solution.
  • Stand over a sink, or in the shower with your head tilted forward, and squirt the mixture into each side of your nose at lease five times (at least ten times total).
  • Rinse your nose in this manner at least twice daily. You may rinse more often if you desire.

Standardized commercially prepared solution may be more convenient. If you wish, access www.entsolwash.com. This website lists pre-packaged concentrate for mixing this solution, as well as accessories that may help you to more effectively perform nasal irrigation. You may also purchase this at our office.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact our office at (937) 325-8796 or toll-free at 1-800-325-8796