Neilmed Sinus Rinse: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the advantages of sinus rinsing?

A: Mucus production from the sinus and nasal lining is quite normal but infections and allergies can cause excessive mucus production which in turn creates nasal and sinus symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose and post-nasal drip. Using a nasal rinse, will wash away any excess mucus and irritants such as dust particles, pollen, pollutants and bacteria reducing inflammation enabling normal mucosa to fight the allergies and infection, thus reducing symptoms.

Q: How is a Sinus Rinse performed?

A: To do a sinus rinse you need a large volume of saline. at least 60-120ml for each nasal passage (120-240ml for both sides of your nasal passages). it can be delivered by gravity or low pressure and once the solution is inserted into the nasal passage it should continue to flow upwards over the septum and flow down through the other nasal passage to ensures all allergens, irritants, excess mucus and any other materials are cleaned from the nasal passage.

Q: Why do you need to use such a large volume of saline?

A: You need a large volume of saline solution to to make sure it washes away all the allergens,  pollutants, dust, animal dander and excess mucus.

Q: Why do you need to use low pressure?

A: Using low pressure will make sure that no discomfort is experienced in the sinuses and ears.

Q: Can pressurized cans or nasal sprays be used for a sinus rinse?

A: Yes they can but they will never be as effective of a volume rinse bottle at clearing your nasal passages of all mucus and nasal irritants because you will never get a sufficient volume rinse using a spray system.

Q: What are the advantages of using the NeilMed sinus rinse bottle to perform a nasal rinse?

A: The easy squeeze sinus rinse bottle holds 240ml of saline solution, enough to do both nasal passages. It will deliver a nasal rinse that has sufficient volume and pressure to clean each nasal passage thoroughly. The bottle has been designed with rounded cap that comfortably fits different size nasal openings and has instructions printed on it. Published medical research has shown that this is the most effective delivery system available for nasal irrigation.

Q: What are the advantages of using the sinus rinse sachets?

The sinus rinse sachets contains a preservative-free mixture of sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate which is pH balanced so will not burn or sting and has a purity level 99% or higher with enough mixture to make 240 mL (8fl oz) of saline solution,

Q: When is the best time of day to do a nasal rinse?

A: You can do a nasal wash any time of the day although it is best to rinse about an hour of going to bed or leaving home just in case there’s any leftover solution in the nasal passage that may accidentally come out of the nose when you lean forward.

Q: How many times a day can you do a nasal rinse?

A: In normal circumstances rinsing once or twice a day is beneficial but for special circumstances you could rinse three to four times a day and even rinsing up to 6 times a day is still safe.

Q: Can I use bottled or filtered water?

A: Yes bottled or filtered water is usually safe to use.

Q: Which type of water is recommended for sinus rinsing?

A: Always use lukewarm distilled, bottled, filtered or previously boiled and cooled down water. Do not use plain water straight from the tap as this will result in a severe burning sensation

Q: Can I use a microwave to warm bottle filled with solution?

A: Yes you can use a microwave to warm the solution but leave the cap loose to avoid a spillage. Use 5-10 increments until you find the right temperature but do not overheat as this could damage the bottle and scald your nasal passages.

Q: What causes a burning sensation related to irrigation?

A: You should not have any burning sensation when using the sinus rinse sachets as directed but you could get it if you forgot to put the saline mixture in the bottle, used more than one sachet, used water that is too hot or too cold, not dissolving the mixture thoroughly and using normal tap water.

Q: What if my nasal passage still feels plugged or stuffy after using the sinus rinse?

A: There are some people who experience reflex congestion with exposure to saline but this doesn’t last too long, there is no need to discontinue the sinus irrigation. It will most likely resolve itself on its own.

Q: What should I do if I swallow some of the saline solution during the nasal rinse?

A: Don’t worry It should not do any harm.

Q: Is it normal for solution to still drain from my nose after rinsing?

A: Yes this is very common, this can happen in the first 15 to 20 minutes after using the rinse, which is why we do not recommend rinsing your nasal passages just before going to bed or going out.

Q: Should workers that are exposed to occupational dust perform nasal rinses?

A: Yes, you may benefit from regular use of the nasal rinse but you should rinse the nose as soon as possible after the exposure to remove the irritant from the delicate membranes so they don’t get inflamed and congested.

Q: Can sinus rinses improve the sense of smell?

A: Sinus rinses will improve nasal and sinus conditions, which in turn could improve the sense of smell and taste.

Q: Do nasal rinses improve bad breath?

A: It can help If the bad breath is caused by chronic nasal and sinus infection.

Q: Can nasal rinses reduce or cure snoring?

A: In some cases nasal rinses have been able to reduced the symptoms of snoring.


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