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How do saline nasal sprays help allergies?

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Some studies show that a saline solution restores moisture to dry nasal passages and sinuses, and curbs inflammation of mucous membranes. Saline sprays also help keep the cilia (small hair-like structures) healthy, which may help treat rhinitis and sinusitis.

You can buy an over-the-counter saline solution or make one at home.

If you use a Neti pot or a small squirt bottle for saline irrigation regularly, it can help to thin mucus, give you less postnasal drip, and cleanse your nasal passages of bacteria.

SOURCES: CDC. AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology): "New research finds that treatment from an allergist significantly improves asthma care."  FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."  Keojampa, BK, , 2004. MedicineNet: "Chronic Rhinitis." Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 18, 2018

SOURCES: CDC. AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology): "New research finds that treatment from an allergist significantly improves asthma care."  FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."  Keojampa, BK, , 2004. MedicineNet: "Chronic Rhinitis." Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 18, 2018

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