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How much salt to how much water should I mix for a nasal solution?

How much salt to how much water should I mix for a nasal solution?

Nasal solution: Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of unionized salt to an 8-oz glass of lukewarm water (distilled or boiled tap water). The concentration of salt water solution should match or exceed the concentration of the body cells and blood (isotonic or hypertonic). May add a pinch of baking soda to prevent burning. ...Read more

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How much salt per liter of water for nasal lavage (nasal irrigation)?

How much salt per liter of water for nasal lavage (nasal irrigation)?

1/4 tsp per cup: Usually 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for 8 ounces will do. Nasal lavage can be helpful for chronic sinus congestion, and i often recommend it. However, some studies suggest a risk of infection if neti pot or bottle not kept clean or use of contaminated tap water, or even injury to nasal tissue. So be cautious. ...Read more

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How much faster does drinking Warm Salt Water help Nasal cilia move than drinking Regular Warm Water?

How much faster does drinking Warm Salt Water help Nasal cilia move than drinking Regular Warm Water?

Nasal Rinses: Drinking warm salt water vs regular water will have no effect on your nasal cilia. Staying well hydrated with regular water can help thin out nasal secretions. Benefits of saline (saltwater) nasal rinses include: washes the mucus and irritants from your nose, moisturizes the sinus passages, studies have shown that nasal irrigation improves cell function (the cells that move the mucus work better). ...Read more

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My nose is stuffed. So I took a bulb syringe with a solution of warm water and some salt and squeezed it up my nose. Doing this is ok right?

My nose is stuffed. So I took a bulb syringe with a solution of warm water and some salt and squeezed it up my nose. Doing this is ok right?

OK!: This is an effective treatment for nasal congestion. It is usually less uncomfortable to add a little baking soda to the salt water. Otc single-use pre-mixed packets of salt are available, as well as dosing syringes / neti-pot / etc. You may use this as often as desired (even 2 or 3 times a day) without major side effects. One good brand is neilmed sinus rinse (i am not a paid to endorse!). ...Read more

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I've been treating a keloid on my nose piercing for about a month. What can I try besides salt water rinses and saline solutions-they haven't helped?

I've been treating a keloid on my nose piercing for about a month. What can I try besides salt water rinses and saline solutions-they haven't helped?

See plastic surgeon: I think it is time to seek professional help. Keloids and hypertrophic scars (not the same thing) can be treated with a variety of modalities, but I am not aware of any good home remedies for them. Get it evaluated so you can evaluate the plusses and minuses of the available approaches for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi I got a nose piercing changed from a stud to a hoop and soon after a keloid formed I ve tried salt water rinses and saline solutions for about a month with no result is there anything else I can try for example do aspirin pastes work at all before seei

Hi I got a nose piercing changed from a stud to a hoop and soon after a keloid formed I ve tried salt water rinses and saline solutions for about a month with no result is there anything else I can try for example do aspirin pastes work at all before seei

No to aspirin pastes: If you really have a keloid, Aspirin pastes will not work. Neither will any other creams, pastes, or potions. Non surgical treatment of keloids with injections of steroids, like kenalog (triamcinolone), (triamcinolone) may improve the keloid. If this does not work after several treatments, 6 weeks apart. Then surgical excision with possible radiation therapy or kenalog (triamcinolone) injections may be needed. ...Read more

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What does the salt water rinse mix for nose do?

What does the salt water rinse mix for nose do?

Salt water rinses: Salt water nasal rinses help to thin mucus that can contribute to nasal stuffiness and post nasal drip. Rinses also remove the debris (dust and other allergens) that sticks to the nasal lining and cause the lining to swell, become inflamed, and increase nasal mucus. ...Read more

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How much salt do I put in the water for drops to clear my baby's air way? He is 6months old he's sleepy but can't stay sleep because he can't breathe thru his nose he's had a cold for about a day

How much salt do I put in the water for drops to clear my baby's air way? He is 6months old he's sleepy but can't stay sleep because he can't breathe thru his nose he's had a cold for about a day

Homemade saline drop: If your baby can't eat because his nose is so stuffed or if he's working harder to breathe (look at his chest without close on and watch him breath) then you should seek care from your doctor. Saline drops are: 8 ounces of water (1 measuring cup) with 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized table salt and a pinch of baking soda. Use a fresh batch every time. Only use two drops at a time. ...Read more

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Is snorting salt water an effective method of nasal irrigation?

Is snorting salt water an effective method of nasal irrigation?

It depends...: Saline irrigation can be helpful for soothing nasal passages and removing excess mucus. Lukewarm, purified water with proper ph balance using non-iodized salt with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are important aspects of a good nasal saline rinse. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used salt water nasal spray?

Has anyone ever used salt water nasal spray?

Yes: Millions use some form of saline (salt water) spray through out the world. ...Read more

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Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.

Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.

Study points to yes: Saline irrigation can be beneficial when used for a short period of time. A study presented at the 2009 College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggested that chronic use of saline was counter productive. Although it removes pathogens when used from time to time, chronic use may remove the "good bacteria". Usually 1-3 weeks of use once a day is enough. If symptoms persist, see an ENT. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to fix a stuffy nose without nasal spray or salt water or anything?

Can someone tell me how to fix a stuffy nose without nasal spray or salt water or anything?

It depends: Try breathe rite strips like the football players wear. They provide quite a bit of opening of the nasal canal if worn properly. However, you should try to find the cause if it is chronic, whether allergy, infection, or anatomy. ...Read more

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Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, can I add to my neti pot a pinch of turmeric in my sea salt water to do a nasal flush?

Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, can I add to my neti pot a pinch of turmeric in my sea salt water to do a nasal flush?

Ouch!: I wouldn't do it unless it becomes a well-known treatment that is nicely tolerated by many people and works. The nasal passages are very sensitive and delicate. Even the wrong concentration of salt water can cause severe pain. The sinuses were not created for large particles. Better to take it orally as you would any spice. You should get the anti-inflammatory effect that way. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a saline nasal spray and salt water?

What is the difference between a saline nasal spray and salt water?

Same principle: saline nasal spray is salty but more diluted,in salt water concentration is different and you can customize it by increasing salt, which isn't recommended, would be much irritating ...Read more

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Will using a salt water nasal spray help prevent developing a perforated septum?

Will using a salt water nasal spray help prevent developing a perforated septum?

Nasal septal perf: If you already have an issue with your nasal septum that puts you at risk for developing a septal perforation, use of saline nasal spray will not necessarily prevent the perforation from occurring. If you have not done so already, see an ENT for evaluation and treatment of the cause. This may prevent the perforation. ...Read more

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How do i get rid of post nasal drip and dry it out back there? ive tried salt water, sinus rinse,nose spray, steam and wet just isnt working. help!

How do i get rid of post nasal drip and dry it out back there? ive tried salt water, sinus rinse,nose spray, steam and wet just isnt working. help!

Pollen: I just checked the US pollen map and Levittown is having the highest counts in the country right now, so I suspect this is a seasonal problem. nasal steroid spray daily and antihistamine like allegra, claritin, zyrtec will be first line and if that fails see an allergist. other causes are vasomotor rhinitis, nasal esosinophilia and aspirin allergy and nasal polyps. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Yes: That is the lowest level of intervention you can take, so is good to start there. May have continued help even if need to add medication to it later. ...Read more

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