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Saltwater washes (saline lavage or irrigation) help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses. This can help prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip. It also can make the nose feel more comfortable by keeping the mucous membranes moist.
Do your saltwater (saline) wash before you use your other nasal medicines. The wash will help your sinuses absorb the medicine.
If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it. Let it cool until it's lukewarm.
But make sure it's not hot.
The saline wash may cause a burning feeling in your nose the first few times you use it. Most people get used to the wash after a few times.
Current as of:
December 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Patrice Burgess MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineDonald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
Current as of: December 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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