The sinus cavities can be thought of as very small tunnels within the bones of your face that have many functions, some relate to the movement of air. When your body begins to produce extra mucous, while fighting a virus or during an allergic reaction, the sinus cavities can become clogged. This will result in pressure, pain, and even worse, a full-blown sinus infection.
A nasal rinse, also referred to as a nasal wash or nasal lavage, is designed to clear these clogged sinus pathways. The nasal rinse, which is comprised of a saltwater solution, will prevent the growth of bacteria in the sinus cavities. This can significantly decrease symptoms, as well as prevent future sinus infections.
The Benefits of a Nasal Rinse:
Wash away mucous crust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens from your nose
Increase the flow of mucous, allowing sinus passages to clear
Pull out fluid, shrinking swollen mucous membranes
Improve breathing, as swelling resolves
Prevent a sinus infection
Tips for Effective Nasal Irrigation:
The Nasal Rinse can be safe and extremely effective, as long as you keep a few things in mind. First of all, if your ENT has prescribed an antihistamine or steroid nasal spray, be sure to use the nasal rinse first. That way your sinus passages are clear, allowing the nose spray to be more effective. Secondly, never use tap water in your nasal rinse, as this can cause a very serious health problem. Last but not least, remember to wash out your sinus rinse bottle after each use, and allow it to air dry.