Saline Sinus Rinse
Produced by Fauquier Ear Nose and Throat Consultants of Warrenton, Virginia
In our practice, we often recommend saline sinus rinses for patients who have
chronic sinusitis and/or chronic allergy problems. Here we have a typical patient
who is getting ready to perform saline sinus rinses. Here the patient is testing
the water in order to make sure it is of lukewarm temperature. If the water is
either too hot or too cold, it may be quite uncomfortable when you perform
the saline flush. Here the patient is opening the saline packet that comes
with the NeilMed Sinus rinse kit. This will be added to the bottle.
After checking the water's temperature, water is then added to the bottle up to the
line shown here.
The bottle is then shaken to ensure good mixing.
The patient will now perform saline flushes to his nose. To ensure a maximal
comfort when performing this procedure, it is best to keep the mouth slightly
open and the head tilted forward slightly.
Note that the saline goes in one side and out the other. Do not breathe in
through your nose while performing this procedure. The bottle has a rounded tip
for comfort as well as for a snug fit.
While performing the flush, most people breathe through their mouth or hold
their breath. The flush is now performed on the other side.
It is not unusual for saltwater to occasionally leak into the mouth. If this
happens, you just spit it out. The bottle itself is very easy to clean.
Occasionally your physician may decide to add antibiotics such as gentamicin or
even steroids such as pulmicort to the saltwater.
Although saline sinus flushes may seem odd, kids from the age five years and
older are able to perform this procedure without any difficulty. Our general
recommendation is to perform this twice a day, once in the morning and once in
the evening before bedtime. The NeilMed sinus rinse bottle is sold
over-the-counter in most pharmacies.