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How do you irrigate your sinuses?

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Fill a bulb syringe or Neti pot with saline solution (2-3 teaspoons of non-iodized salt in 1 quart distilled water with 1 teaspoon baking soda). 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. Don't force it into your nose.

The solution will run out the other nostril and down the back of your throat. Gently blow your nose and spit out the drainage. Repeat on the other side.

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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