A sinus rinse or nasal irrigation is a procedure that involves using a salt and baking soda water rinse to flush and clear the nasal passages. We recommend completing a sinus rinse is you suffer with allergic rhinitis, allergies which produce nasal congestion, hayfever, post nasal drip and other sinus congestion.
Neti Pot for a sinus rinse
You can purchase purpose made plastic bottles or you can use a neti pot, a ceramic pot which looks like a tea pot.
Although there are many different kinds of sinus rinse kits available, here are the instructions as to how to complete this rinse and the “recipe” so you can complete it yourself. You will need a neti pot, a sinus rinse kit or a nasal bulb syringe.
Ingredients for saline solution for sinus rinse
- 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt (Himalayan, macrobiotic, celtic)
- 1 cup of filtered room temperature water
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
Instructions for a sinus rinse
1. Mix the ingredients together in a clean container.
2. Stand over the bathroom sink. If using a bulb syringe, tilt your head down and place the syringe into one nostril. Give it a gentle squeeze so that the water comes out the other nostril. Hold your mouth over the sink so you can expel any water.
If using a neti pot, tilt your head sideways and place the spout into a nostril. Tilt the pot so water comes out the other nostril. Again, insure you are standing over the sink.
There may be some mucous in the water that comes out. The common rule is you are done, when there is no more mucous in the water.
3. Repeat for the other nostril.
4. When you have finished, gargle with water.
Precautions when doing a sinus rinse
It's always a good idea to consult your healthcare provider before trying a home procedure such as a nasal irrigation, especially if you have had re current problems before.
People with acute sinus infections should avoid this procedure, as it may facilitate the spread of bacteria. If in doubt, seek professional advice.
If a nasal irrigation results in gagging or ear pain, it's likely being done too vigorously.
It is not unusual to cough after a sinus rinse, due to the water/fluid which drains down the back of your throat.