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Can I use IV saline solution for nasal irrigation ?

Can I use IV saline solution for nasal irrigation ?

Absolutely: Even a higher concentration than 1n may be used. There is evidence that concentrations> 1 n may improve ciliary beat frequency which could help the nose be even cleaner. ...Read more

Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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Can i add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Can i add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Yes: You can double the salt solution you add to make it hypertonic. They also sell a scrubbing type solution but it leaves a soapy residue and most people don't like it. ...Read more

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Can simply saline sinus spray work for allergy headaches?

Can simply saline sinus spray work for allergy headaches?

Perhaps: Significant nasal congestion can lead to headaches and even trigger migraines (some neurologists would disagree with this link but I have observed this in many of my patients). Saline spray may reduce the nasal congestion slightly by rinsing away the allergen and chemical mediators causing the allergic reaction if your problem is indeed allergen. Probably not enough for most people. ...Read more

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What is the best rinse for recurrent sinusitis? Xylitol, xylitol plus saline, manuka honey plus saline?

What is the best rinse for recurrent sinusitis? Xylitol, xylitol plus saline, manuka honey plus saline?

Neilmed sinus rinse : The neilmed sinus irrigation kit is the best rinse regimen for chronic sinusitis patients. It is isotonic so your nose and sinuses don't dry out too much. Also the bulb syringe is better because it moves mucus and allergens out. ...Read more

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Ocean premium saline nasal spray ok for kids?

Ocean premium saline nasal spray ok for kids?

One of many: There are many balanced nasal, saline products available. I find an ample supply of generics at the dollar store. Most are equivalent in effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for nasal polyp aside from nasal saline spray?

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Is there a treatment for nasal polyp aside from nasal saline spray?

Yes: Cortisone nasal spray may be effective as would Singulair (montelukast) depending on the mechanism causing them. However surgery may be needed if the polyps fail to resolve with medications . Saline spray may reduce the frequency of sinus infection but would not affect the polyps. ...Read more

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Is Avamys nasal spray effective to use for post nasal drip?

Is Avamys nasal spray effective to use for post nasal drip?

Depends: Yes, if allergies are triggering the post nasal drip. No if gastroesophageal reflux is triggering the post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Does nasal saline solution help with a red nose from rosacea?

Does nasal saline solution help with a red nose from rosacea?

Sorry, no.: Nasal saline helps moisturize a dry nasal cavity, but will do nothing for the dilated capillaries of the external nasal skin. Topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and laser treatments may treat (but not "cure") the vessels of rosacea. ...Read more

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What are saline nasal sprays vs neosynepherine nose drops?

What are saline nasal sprays vs neosynepherine nose drops?

Big Difference: Saline nasal sprays are just salt water sprays. You can use saline as nasal sprays as often as you like for as long as you like. Neosynephrine nose drops, however, are decongesting nose drops. It works quite well but.....This may only be used for 3 days in a row as your nasal tissues can be physiological dependent on them (i.E you can get hooked on them). ...Read more

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Could I use saline nasal spray for a runny nose?

Yes, but...: There's no harm in using a nasal saline spray. If it helps your runny nose, it's fine. ...Read more

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Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

Oxymetazoline nasal solution considered a antihistamine?

Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more

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Neti pot is used for what?

Neti pot is used for what?

Clear nasal passages: To clear nasal passages and sinuses. They can rarely cause serious infections, however, so use distilled water rather than tap water, and clean the pot and allow the pot to dry between uses. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/19/143960631/second-neti-pot-death-from-amoeba-prompts-tap-water-warning. ...Read more

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Is neilmed a safe sinus rinse?

Is neilmed a safe sinus rinse?

Yes: Just use filtered or boiled water and not tap water. It also helps to use the salt packets. You can also make your own by mixing salt and baking soda. ...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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What are good ways for me to fix a dry nose and sinuses besides saline nasal spray?

Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids and a humidifier can help. Also, nasal saline irrigations and topical gels can also help. ...Read more

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Constant pressure around my sinuses by my right eye. What to do? I did take sudafed but not helping. Also did arm& hammer saline solution. Please help

Constant pressure around my sinuses by my right eye. What to do? I did take sudafed but not helping. Also did arm& hammer saline solution. Please help

Might be sinusitis: Go see your doc. You might have sinusitis (if it has been there for >2 weeks). You may have bad allergies. Your doctor may try antibiotics or neb treatment after Flonase spray. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hoe does a saline solution assist in preventing rhinitis? Thanks.

Wash and moisterize: Saline is salt water, the same consistency as your body fluids, 0.9 % salt water. It is used to flush wounds and skin lesions to help clean debris out of these areas. Thus the nasal spray keeps your nose moist, especially important to remove mucous, allergens in the nasal pathway. In the dry atmosphere in the winter time, your house has less moisture and your nose inside will be dry. ...Read more

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A friend jabbed me on my butt with a sterile saline solution injection. Should I be any worried? She works in the medical field & messed about with me

A friend jabbed me on my butt with a sterile saline solution injection. Should I be any worried? She works in the medical field & messed about with me

Your friend : doesn't deserve to be in the medical field if that is how she screws around with medical materials. It really bugs me to hear that she would be so irresponsible. If it was a sterile needle, sterile saline, etc - you should be ok. ...Read more

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Is saline solution good for canker sores?

Is saline solution good for canker sores?

No proof: But won't hurt either. My mother's remedy is applying table salt to the sores. This would sting a little but I have found this to be effective for me in the rare instances when I get them. No scientific proof however. ...Read more

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Can i add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Yes: You can double the salt solution you add to make it hypertonic. They also sell a scrubbing type solution but it leaves a soapy residue and most people don't like it. ...Read more

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Can i use saline solution to rinse out my daughters eyes?

Depends: Saline solution comes in a variety of strengths. Isotonic saline is a solution used in the office to wash out wounds and could be used for eyes.Other formulations may be to dilute or strong and be irritating.Simple eye wash/eye drops are available over the counter at most dollar stores.I would suggest these as a predictable and safe eye irrigant. ...Read more

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Can u put multipurpose saline solution directly in your eyes?

Can u put multipurpose saline solution directly in your eyes?

MPS solution: This solution is made for contact lens storage and insertion. If your eyes are dry, use artificial tears made for this purpose. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to get 3% nebulized saline solution. If not, where can I get it?

Ask the Pharmacist: You don't need prescription.I suggest you ask the Pharmacist if he does not have he can order it for you ...Read more

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I have a body piercing that appears to be infected. Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?

I have a body piercing that appears to be infected.  Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?

Infected Piercing: Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. Signs of infection include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). ...Read more

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Saptoplasty care after surgery can I rinse the nostrils with a saline solution after 5 days i feel very stuffy won't see dr until 4 days. Thanks?

Yes: I don't want to intrude upon another surgeon's preferences, but it is almost universally felt to be beneficial to rinse the nose gently with saline spray or rinse (e g otc neilmed sinus rinse or chitorhino) after nasal / sinus surgery. If you have nasal splints in place, the rinse won't get in your nose very well but should still be helpful. I recommend calling your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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How can a saline solution clean a wound?

How can a saline solution clean a wound?

Basic and Gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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Where can I get an inexpensive saline solution?

Saline Solution: Depending on what you are doing with the saline solution, it may or may not have to be sterile. If the solution must be sterile, you will likely need a doctor's prescription. If the saline does not have to be sterile, ask your pharmacist. Once you know the strength you need, your pharmacist should be able to give you a "recipe" for preparing it at home with table salt and water. ...Read more

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What else can I put my contacts in besides saline solution?

Many contact lens: Solutions are available. Saline is not sufficient for storage as it does not clean or disinfect the contacts. In my opinion, peroxide based cleaning systems, like clear care, are the best. Many people use multipurpose solutions as well. ...Read more

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One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can I use a 0.9% saline solution instead of the prescribed 3% saline solution with Combineb in the nebuliser? For my 2 y/o son, 13.3kg.

Can I use a 0.9% saline solution instead of the prescribed 3% saline solution with Combineb in the nebuliser? For my 2 y/o son, 13.3kg.

Yes but.......: It is not the same and does not have the same benefit to the kid. It can certainly be used as a backup until you get the proper strength. ...Read more

Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more