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Old 08-08-04, 11:33 PM
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Is it safe to flush your sinuses with Saline?

I have been having sinus congestion like crazy lately, and have been advised against using the over the counter sprays for too long as it can make it worse.

So ive heard that you can use plain saline instead? Anyone do this? Is this safe?
Old 08-08-04, 11:47 PM
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Yes, it's safe. My best friend has been doing it for years at the advice of his doc, he uses a water pic. I just started doing it last year when I all of a sudden became sensitive to allergens.
Old 08-08-04, 11:53 PM
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I had a doc recommend it, said it's the single best thing you can do every day during cold season to avoid colds...
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I use this all the time. Saline isn't like Afrin or any of that crap (there is no medicine, no freaky chemicals in saline). It's not a miracle instant relief thing, but used on a regular basis, it keeps you from getting to the point where you need that Afrin type crap.

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I agree. I do it sometimes because it's good way to moisturize your nasal cavities.
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I originally read "Staline" and went wtf?
Old 08-09-04, 01:35 AM
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I just had sinus surgery and I have a sinus saline rinse kit that worked fantastic. It cleaned out all the junk and did a great job in allowing my sinuses to heal.
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Originally posted by Tazwolff
Yes, it's safe. My best friend has been doing it for years at the advice of his doc, he uses a water pic. I just started doing it last year when I all of a sudden became sensitive to allergens.
How does this work? Does he shoot water up his nostrils with the Water Pik?

I've never heard of flushing your sinus cavities.

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You add a packet of powered saline mix to a bottle of distilled water. You bend over the sink and squeeze up the nose. The solution comes out the other side of your nose. Repeat to other side. I usually do two bottles worth.
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Originally posted by Sonicflood
How does this work? Does he shoot water up his nostrils with the Water Pik?

I've never heard of flushing your sinus cavities.

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Yep, he does it in the same way that kahuna415 just listed, but with the Pik.
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Jeez, that would seem like it would run down the back of your throat and choke you. I may develop the bravery to attempt this myself, as I suffer from perpetual sinus suffiness.

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The practice of self-irrigation of the sinuses is called jala neti in the yoga tradition and is an ancient clensing technique. Here are a few links that may be helpful.

http://www.tarayoga.net/neti/

http://immuneweb.org/articles/nasalwash.html

http://www.jalanetipot.com/
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Originally posted by kahuna415
You bend over the sink and squeeze up the nose. The solution comes out the other side of your nose.
Are you being serious?

I don't know if I could do that.
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Originally posted by Sonicflood
Jeez, that would seem like it would run down the back of your throat and choke you. I may develop the bravery to attempt this myself, as I suffer from perpetual sinus suffiness.

sonic
It is possible to get the water to run down into your throat if your head isn't tipped at the correct angle, but once you've got that down, it's not bad. I've used one of the neti pots mentioned in the post below yours and they work extremely well. You just fill it with warm, salty water, pour it into one nostril and the water exits the other nostril. It's an unsettling feeling at first, but I've never breathed better than after using one.
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Originally posted by Thor Simpson
Are you being serious?

I don't know if I could do that.
Yep. The water goes up one side and gets pushed thru the other side. Its a funky feeling and I thought I would choke on the water to the back of my throat, but it didn't. Water does have a tendancy to dribble back down later, but if you have somewhat clear sinuses, it will come out within a few minutes. IMHO its probably the best way to clear your sinuses safely without the harsh chemicals. Be sure to use lukewarm distilled water.

This is what I use and its very cheap.

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Recommended by my doctor - and yes it goes into your throat, out your other nostril etc if you do it right. Sounds gross, but it does help.
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Originally posted by Seeker
Recommended by my doctor - and yes it goes into your throat, out your other nostril etc if you do it right. Sounds gross, but it does help.
Yeah, this happens when you don't follow directions, by not bending down over the sink.

Doh!
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Well, I mustered up the courage to try it. It really does help loosen mucous and allow you to breathe easier. I'm impressed enough that I'll try it for a few days and see if the benefits continue. If so, it will be a regular daily occurance.

BTW, it will not run down your throat if done correctly!

Thanks for posting this thread! You learn something new every day here!

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