This entry was posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 and is filed under Blog by AENT Associates
Your ENT may have recently added a nasal rinse to your treatment plan, or maybe your physician has been encouraging nasal irrigation for years. Either way, it’s highly likely you are one of the many people that keep putting off this ‘tortuous’ sounding technique. The Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists at Allergy and ENT Associates are convinced that once you understand – and then try – the nasal rinse, it will become a valuable part of your daily routine.
How a Nasal Rinse Works:
The sinus cavities can be thought of as very small tunnels within the bones of your face that have many functions, some relate to the movement of air. When your body begins to produce extra mucous, while fighting a virus or during an allergic reaction, the sinus cavities can become clogged. This will result in pressure, pain, and even worse, a full-blown sinus infection.
A nasal rinse, also referred to as a nasal wash or nasal lavage, is designed to clear these clogged sinus pathways. The nasal rinse, which is comprised of a saltwater solution, will prevent the growth of bacteria in the sinus cavities. This can significantly decrease symptoms, as well as prevent future sinus infections.
The Benefits of a Nasal Rinse:
- Wash away mucous crust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens from your nose
- Increase the flow of mucous, allowing sinus passages to clear
- Pull out fluid, shrinking swollen mucous membranes
- Improve breathing, as swelling resolves
- Prevent a sinus infection
Tips for Effective Nasal Irrigation:
The Nasal Rinse can be safe and extremely effective, as long as you keep a few things in mind. First of all, if your ENT has prescribed an antihistamine or steroid nasal spray, be sure to use the nasal rinse first. That way your sinus passages are clear, allowing the nose spray to be more effective. Secondly, never use tap water in your nasal rinse, as this can cause a very serious health problem. Last but not least, remember to wash out your sinus rinse bottle after each use, and allow it to air dry.
Are you still unsure about the Nasal Rinse?
Do you have more questions about the nasal wash? Would you like a nurse to walk you through the nasal rinse process, step by step? The Houston ENTs of Allergy and ENT Associates are here to help. Contact your closest location, or call our central office at 281-453-4228, for more information on the nasal rinse, or to schedule an appointment.