Sunday, February 24, 2008
What is nasal irrigation?
I've mentioned in a few previous posts that I irrigate my nose. I started doing this when I first got a sinus infection and continue to do it. I use a Neti Pot and fill it with water and a small scoop of non-iodized pure salt. Then I put it in one nostril and tip my head to one side and the solution comes out the other nostril. It's weird at first but I've gotten used to it.
This procedure helps to provide moisture to the nasal passages as well as providing relief during a sinus infection (decreases pain and swelling). I'm currently doing it 1-2 times per day. The purpose now is to prevent a future infection.
Using a saline nose spray is also a form of irrigation, it's just not as effective. I still haven't convinced Mark that he needs to being using a Neti Pot daily. He's had 2 sinus surgeries and can use all the help he can get. He has started to use a saline nose spray and says it really helps. The other day he said he was able to start smelling some things (kind of shows how bad off he is--and that is normal for him!).
A book that I would highly recommend for people that get allergies, colds, and sinusitis is Sinus Survival by Robert S. Ivker, D.O. A friend, Jen Lee, recommended it and at first I thought, "What could it really tell me that I don't already know?" After I put aside my pride, I borrowed it and learned it was really helpful. It's a holistic approach to treating colds/allergies/sinus infections.