Doctor insights on:
Neilmed Sinus Rinse Side Effects
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Some reasons for having sinus congestion/pain after nasal rinses are:
1. Applying to much force.
2. Using a wrong concentration (too much or too little) salt.
3. Too hot or too cold water temperature.
Correct these and they are usually more comfortable. ...Read more
Had septoplasty. Is Neilmed sinus rinse bottle as good as electric sinus irrigation kits? Are the electric kits hard to keep sanitized?
More important is: The source of water used. Make sure it's not tap water, and that it's distilled water to reduce contaminants and improve safety. Also, rinse your unit well with soap and water with a final rinse with distilled water before drying daily. You want to keep your unit as clean as possible. ...Read more
Any directions/ pictures to show how to use flonase to shrink turbinates? I have saline spray its neilmed sinus rinse in a box with packets
I have ringing in the ear. Then had fess/septoplasty. Using neilmed sinus rinse 6 times a day. Tinnitus now worse and can't smell - is this normal?
No: You should check with your ENT re this. ...Read more
I was doing a sinus rinse neil med, and begin to spary left side, very little was coming out on right side, I was plug on left side, what should I do?
Up to you: Some of my patients have used a saline sinus rinse daily for years. Make sure your bottle or netti pot are clean, don't forget to use salt, and use it when it feels good to do so. It can help keep your nose open, wash out pollen, pus, and dirt. If itwas recommended by your ENT doctor, get their opinion. Depending on reason for use, will have an opinion. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: But most end up holding their breath. ...Read more
Eustachian tube: If the sinus rinse reached the back of your nose (nasopharynx), it is possible that the rinse reached the eustachian tube (channel in the back of your nose that communicates with the middle ear). The rinse may have traversed that tube and caused your ear to pop. Make sure you do not have fluid in your middle ear space. ...Read more
Whenever!: Saline sinus rinse is a safe, homeopathic way to clean the sinuses of mucus and allergens. This may be done up to several times a day as long as no side effects (pain, bleeding, etc.) occur. There are rare case reports of serious infections with using otc saline rinse, but the risk should be minimal with using sterile water (boiled or from pharmacy) and extremely clean neti pot or rinse bottle. ...Read more
I've been using sinus rinse mostly daily for a couple years. Dr told me to stop yesterday. What might his reasoning be? I think it does help.
Not exactly sure but: The only reason I can readily come up with, is the fact, that some saline nasal sprays contain a preservative known as benzalkonium chloride. This chemical has be shown to inhibit neutrophil function. So its possible that it prevents the helpful white blood cells present on the surface tissue of the nose from appropriately functioning and helping fight off infections. ...Read more
When I use sinus rinse bottle, the water often comes out my left tear duct. Is this normal? Anything to be concerned about?
Your tear duct: Or lacrimal duct communicates with sinus. You probably should irrigate more gently when this happens, but this is a normal communication. ...Read more
Not really: The sinus rinses mainly just rinse out the nasal cavity. The paranasal sinuses (including the “frontal sinus” in your forehead) connect with the nasal cavity, however, little, if any, of the rinse is likely to get into your sinuses. The nasal cavity (behind your nose) is where you'd catch dust and pollen as you breath in through your nose. So, it is a good place to rinse out. ...Read more
DIY saline rinse: Check out http://www. Aaaai. Org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/saline-sinus-rinse-recipe. Aspx. Includes instructions/directions on how to administer rinse. Very specific about NOT using water straight from tap. ...Read more
OTC prep: We often recommend first the neil-med sinus wash or neti-pot system. But remember, you must always use distilled water, saline, or boiled water for the solutions, never tap water, as that can potentially cause bacteria in the sinuses to migrate to the brain and result in a sometimes fatal brain infection. ...Read more
Start with saline: Oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract are thought to have antimicrobial effects; however, there is little evidence that using them in a nasal rinse is any better than simple salt water nasal rinses. Their risks in causing irritation to the nasal lining or allergic reactions are also poorly known at this time. ...Read more
I had a septoplasty and turbinate reduction 5 days ago, I wasn't told if I can use sinus rinse and I am unable to contact my sugeon. Would it be ok?
Sinus surgery: Why can you not contact your surgeon. Call and leave message for the doctor. Ask the staff to call you back. ...Read more
After using neil-med sinus rinse, I have a lot of crackling inside my ears. What is this? And should I be concerned?
Sinus Rinse: You likely introduced some air into the sinuses and middle ear during the treatment. There is a always a danger that you also introduced some bacteria or other infectious agent at the same time, but it sounds like you cleared some of the blockage and the treatment is working. If it doesn't seem to be improving after a few more days, you might want to check with an ENT specialist. ...Read more
They certainly can: When using the sinus rinse, it is common for the irrigation fluid to contact the nasal end of the Eustachian tube, which can pop the ears. Some people can feel fluid in the tube and even feel it in the ear. If this is especially uncomfortable, try spraying the rinse less vigorously or changing the angle that you hold the bottle. ...Read more
Little research: It is difficult to answer this with certainty as this is an alternative treatment that has not been well studied. In theory it should be helpful for bacterial infections, as manuka honey has been used topically to treat skin infections. I have found a few studies to support its use for sinusitis, both for bacteria and fungi, but no large scale studies. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21518647. ...Read more
I have bought a sinus rinse, how long do I need to boil the water in my kettle to kill of any potentially harmful bacteria.?
Sinus rinse: You could consider buying distilled water for this purpose ...Read more
Using Neil Med sinus rinse for awhile now, for post nasal drip. After using it I am more congested, why is this? Should I stop?
Neti pot: Is a very effective way to clean off nasal passages on regular basis, but you might have a nose or sinus infection with more secretions than the capacity of the rinse to clear, hence the congestion, kindly see your doctor, you may need a prescription medication or an antibiotic ...Read more
This problem is recurrent so it is probably a sinus infection.
Antibiotics for a proper length of time should clear this up. Also decongestants will help w the symptoms.
See an ENT specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more