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    Natural Allergy Relief: Saline Nasal Sprays

    How do I make a saline solution? continued...

    Store your saline solution at room temperature and mix it before you use it. If the solution stings, use less salt next time.

    To use it, fill the bulb syringe or Neti pot with the solution. Stand over the bathroom sink and lean your head forward. Tilt your head to one side and pour the solution into one nostril. Aim the stream toward the back of your head, not at the top of your head. Never force it into your nose.

    The solution will go into your nasal cavity and run out the other nostril and down the back of your throat. Gently blow your nose and spit out the drainage to clear the nasal passages and throat. Repeat with your other nostril.

    Rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave it open to air dry. Clean it regularly, too, with bleach or in the microwave.

    What if I’m not using it correctly?

    Talk to your doctor or allergist if you're not sure. They can show you how to use this natural remedy to keep your nose clear of thick mucus and debris so you can breathe better.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on June 06, 2014
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