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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Sinus Rinse (Overview)

Try spraying nasal saline several times per day to help reduce congestion in your sinuses


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How long should I use sinus rinse?

How long should I use sinus rinse?

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

Dr. Harinder Gill
61 Doctors shared insights

Sinus Rinse (Overview)

Try spraying nasal saline several times per day to help reduce congestion in your sinuses


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How often should one do a sinus rinse?

How often should one do a sinus rinse?

Depends on why: You are using it. Some people with severe chronic sinus problems do it once or twice a day.... Others with mild allergies/ sinus problems donut few times a week. ...Read more

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When is it recommended to use a sinus rinse?

Sinus rinse: It's safe to use every day. If you're sick/allergic, then you can use it multiple times/day. ...Read more

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What are the ingredients to make a sinus rinse?

What are the ingredients to make a sinus rinse?

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

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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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Is sinus rinse safe for piercings?

Is sinus rinse safe for piercings?

Piercings: Hello. I am assuming you are speaking of nose piercings and sinus rinses. Sinus rinses clean the nasal pathways and that I turn will help keep the piercing safe from infection. Rinse away. ...Read more

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How often is it safe to do an OTC sinus rinse?

How often is it safe to do an OTC sinus rinse?

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

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I can't stop sniffing after doing a sinus rinse. Is this normal?

I can't stop sniffing after doing a sinus rinse. Is this normal?

Normal: After you insert something in the nose, the body's normal reaction is to try to expel it. That may last for up to an hour afterwards. Make sure you use sterile water with the sinus rinse. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it safe to use sinus rinse on a 4 year old?

Is it safe to use sinus rinse on a 4 year old?

Yes: But be sure to aim the nozzle towards the sides of the nose and use gentle pressure. Whether sinus rinse is indicated is another issue since we have no idea on his medical condition. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Not usually: 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

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When I use sinus rinse bottle, the water often comes out my left tear duct. Is this normal? Anything to be concerned about?

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

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I was using a sinus rinse and something in my right ear popped. What could it be?

I was using a sinus rinse and something in my right ear popped. What could it be?

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

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What is a good sinus rinse to get rid of bacteria that causes odor?

What is a good sinus rinse to get rid of bacteria that causes odor?

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

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Can I take oregano oil capsules as well as drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse?

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

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Does a sinus rinse out your sinuses in your forehead?

Does a sinus rinse out your sinuses in your forehead?

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

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Can manuka honey be used as a sinus rinse for both bacterial and fungal sinusitis?

Can manuka honey be used as a sinus rinse for both bacterial and fungal sinusitis?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Do your ears pop when doing a sinus rinse?

Do your ears pop when doing a sinus rinse?

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

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Used grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse bottle and after using it, I noticed a foul smell coming from my nose...what does that mean?

Used grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse bottle and after using it, I noticed a foul smell coming from my nose...what does that mean?

SINUSITIS: Yes you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. I avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. ...Read more

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Used sinus rinse and now I have pressure above my nose in my face. Will I be ok? . How do I relieve this pressure. Used purified bottle water.

Used sinus rinse and now I have pressure above my nose in my face. Will I be ok? . How do I relieve this pressure. Used purified bottle water.

Saline lavage: You might have pressure because the saline rinse got into your sinuses. Generally, there should be no concern and this should resolve on its own. It is important to use previously boiled water or distilled water to mix with saline for use in the nose. If problems worsen, see an ENT MD. ...Read more

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I'm on allegra 180mg in the morning, xyzal (levocetirizine) 5mg at night, plus dymista and immun shots, and I still get a lot of white mucus when I do a sinus rinse why?

I'm on allegra 180mg in the morning, xyzal (levocetirizine) 5mg at night, plus dymista and immun shots, and I still get a lot of white mucus when I do a sinus rinse why?

Some mucus is normal: Your therapies are to control symptoms, but your upper respiratory mucosa is still functional. If sneezing, congestion, runny nose, etc are controlled then I would not be overly concerned with the nasal wash results. ...Read more

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My sinus keeps acting up, face pain, ear, headache, . What is good for this? Besides sinus rinse

My sinus keeps acting up, face pain, ear, headache, . What is good for this? Besides sinus rinse

Sinus infection: 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

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Sinus (Definition)

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