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How can I make my own saline solution for a neti pot?

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To make your own saline mixture, combine about 16 ounces (1 pint) of lukewarm water (distilled, sterile, or previously boiled) with 1 teaspoon of salt. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to buffer the solution -- that’ll make it a little gentler on your nose.

Put the mixture into a clean Neti pot. Tilt your head over your sink at a 45-degree angle. Place the spout into your top nostril and gently pour the solution in. The saline water will flow through your nasal cavity into the other nostril and out. Blow your nose to get rid of remaining water. Repeat the steps on your other nostril.

From: 6 Steps to Fight Sinus Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

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