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Making your own saline solution for nasal irrigation

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Saline solution:
Boil 1 pint water
Add 2 teaspoons salt
Add 3 teaspoons baking soda (NOT baking powder)

Let this mixture cool to body temperature.

When using an irrigation syringe, begin by irrigating the right nostril. Tilt your head to the right side so that it is parallel to the floor. Fill the syringe with body temperature saline solution and gently push on the end of the syringe while it is within the nostril so that it can irrigate the nose. Do the same procedure on the left side, again gently pushing the end of the syringe. Two or three irrigations to each nostril one to two times per day is sufficient. Often, it is easier to perform this irrigation in the shower prior to bathing.

Ideally, the solution should be similar in taste and temperature to natural tears, or it may be irritating to your nose and throat.

Two easy alternatives are available for purchase on our website or at the major drugstores:

Neil-Med Sinus rinse kit
Simply saline – a pressurized saline solution

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