Even better is the use of the GROSSAN NASAL IRRIGATOR or WATERPIC dental irrigator with a nasal tip and saline packets with both. Beginning 40+ years ago my allegist, James Villaveces, M.D. (Still practicing, Ventura, Ca 93003) counseled use of the Waterpic tool. Now use the Grossan.. Helps clear the congestion and prevents an infection. My extended family uses too. Sinus infections are rare now.
Advising Sinusitis Patients to Use Nasal Irrigation May Help Improve Symptoms — Physician’s First Watch
Advising Sinusitis Patients to Use Nasal Irrigation May Help Improve Symptoms
By Kelly Young
Patients with chronic or recurrent sinusitis who were advised to use nasal irrigation had a modest reduction in symptoms, according to a CMAJ study.
Researchers randomized roughly 900 patients with chronic or recurrent sinusitis to receive brief advice on using one of four approaches:
Self-administered daily nasal irrigation with a neti pot
Self-administered daily steam inhalation
Nasal irrigation plus steam inhalation
At 3 months' follow-up, nasal irrigation groups had greater reductions in self-reported sinusitis symptoms than did other groups. The benefit was retained at 6 months. The authors estimate that about 13 patients would need to be treated with nasal irrigation for one person to benefit. Nasal irrigation was also associated with improvements in headaches, over-the-counter medication use, and the desire to consult a physician the next time.
For most outcomes, steam inhalation had no effect.
Reader Comments (4)
keen to know experiences of doctors and patients on this
I've had 3 sinus surgeries and have chronic sinusitis. I use the squeeze bottle of NeilMed mix for better penetration. By adding a third-dropper of goldenseal tincture I've reduced sinus infections by two-thirds.
As a 13 yr old, 1953, an ENT in NJ treated my sinusitis by irrigating
the sinus with a catheter placed in the sinus. The irrigation was with
saline and an antibiotic. After 2-3 treatments I was infection free.