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How much salt to how much water should I mix for a nasal solution?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: NASAL SALINE
Mix one-half teaspoon uniondized salt in an 8-ounce glass of water (described above).
  uniodized salt is used because iodized salt may be irritating when used over a long period of time. Add a pinch of baking soda. A pinch is a small amount you can pick up between two fingers. If you are congested, use the entire 8 ounces of saltwater during the nasal wash; http://www.Nationaljewish.Org/healthinf.

In brief: NASAL SALINE
Mix one-half teaspoon uniondized salt in an 8-ounce glass of water (described above).
  uniodized salt is used because iodized salt may be irritating when used over a long period of time. Add a pinch of baking soda. A pinch is a small amount you can pick up between two fingers. If you are congested, use the entire 8 ounces of saltwater during the nasal wash; http://www.Nationaljewish.Org/healthinf.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Don't use home made
While it is popular to make up a home mix of nasal wash/saline there are significant drawbacks.
If you get it a bit too dilute or too concentrated the material will not work appropriately. Boggy swollen overhydrated nasal membranes are common. Local dollar stores carry 2oz bottles for a $1 & unless you can make it well the otc stuff is worth the investment.

In brief: Don't use home made
While it is popular to make up a home mix of nasal wash/saline there are significant drawbacks.
If you get it a bit too dilute or too concentrated the material will not work appropriately. Boggy swollen overhydrated nasal membranes are common. Local dollar stores carry 2oz bottles for a $1 & unless you can make it well the otc stuff is worth the investment.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Tim Markman
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Easy home remedy
This is an easy home remedy for a dry nose.
I recommend starting with about 8 oz of warm water in a clean container. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the water and stir in about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the mixture well making sure the salt and baking soda have dissolved completely. Tip your head back and insert the saline into one nostril at a time using a bulb syringe.

In brief: Easy home remedy
This is an easy home remedy for a dry nose.
I recommend starting with about 8 oz of warm water in a clean container. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the water and stir in about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the mixture well making sure the salt and baking soda have dissolved completely. Tip your head back and insert the saline into one nostril at a time using a bulb syringe.
Tim Markman
Tim Markman
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