Saline irrigation of the nasal cavity is an ancient technique based on early homeopathic and yogic practices. Doctors have recognized the benefits of nasal irrigation and have begun to study it to see how well it works and when it should be used. While many questions remain, these studies have concluded that irrigations are beneficial, safe, and well tolerated by patients suffering from sinusitis.
If you have a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) or acute (occurring suddenly) sinusitis, your body produces chemicals that can cause inflammation (swelling) of your nose and sinuses. An irrigation can help wash these chemicals out of your nose and sinuses.
Irrigations help to clear the nose of mucus and also help to reduce inflammation. This results from helping the nose to remove small particles, bacteria, and viruses that can cause allergies and inflammation. In addition, irrigations remove chemicals that the body produces as a response to the allergens or infection that promote inflammation.
If you have chronic (ongoing) sinusitis and have undergone surgery, your rhinologist may recommend you use irrigations post-operatively to help heal the sinus cavities and wash away debris and inflammatory chemicals that promote chronic inflammation. Sometimes, antibiotics or steroids are added to the irrigations to eliminate secondary bacterial infection and inflammation.
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