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Nasal Saline Irrigation Tips

Here's a popular nasal irrigation recipe that you can try at home:

  1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water.
  2. Use a bulb syringe to squirt water into the nose.
  3. Learning over the bathroom sink, hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain and gently blow your nose.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times in each nostril.

You can also use a Neti Pot for nasal saline irrigation. A Neti Pot is a ceramic container that looks like a genie's magic lamp and is available at most pharmacies and natural foods stores.

  1. Fill the Neti Pot with the provided solution packets or a homemade saline solution (see recipe above).
  2. Leaning over the bathroom sink, tilt your head to one side and pour the solution directly into one nostril with the Neti Pot.
  3. The solution will go into your nasal cavity and run out the other nostril and the back of your throat.
  4. Spit out the drainage, and gently blow your nose to clear your nasal passages.

According to the CDC, if you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

The company that manufactures the Neti Pot has also introduced a nasal rinse that is dispensed by a squeeze bottle.

Flu Symptom: Cough Relief

Here are tips to ease a nagging cough:

  • Cough syrup: Try an over-the-counter cough syrup to calm a cough with flu. You can select from a cough suppressant, expectorant (guaifenesin), or topical medicine (a menthol rub for the chest). If you have asthma or other lung disease, avoid suppressing your cough. Talk to your doctor to see what might be helpful in your situation. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under age 4.
  • Cough drops: Keep sugar-free cough drops or hard candy nearby to calm a tickle in your throat. In addition, a teaspoon of honey might also help calm an irritated throat.

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