Westlake Village, CA (PressExposure) July 01, 2011 -- Right now, you may be starting your spring clean-up by getting rid of excess household stuff, useless bulky furniture, winter clothes and what-not. We all want dirt-free, unpolluted and fresh surroundings. Spring cleaning our house can be similar to nasal washing. Both entail the task of removing unwanted elements from within, to result to clean, fresh and spotless conditions. This is also the time of year when nasal allergies and nasal congestion are at their peak since allergens like tree pollen and dust are present in the air we breathe. Sinus problems and allergic rhinitis are likely to develop during these periods so it is necessary to take extra measures to prevent infections.
Allergies and Allergic Rhinitis
Many people who never had allergies before find themselves having allergies now. Although most allergens are harmless, some can be life-threatening and can trigger asthma attacks. Allergic rhinitis is described as a collection of symptoms mainly involving the nose and eyes when a person breathes something he is allergic to. Outdoor exercising, gardening, and walking in the park can exacerbate allergic rhinitis, but there are many ways to glide through this condition if you know what to do.
Irrigating Nasal Passages
If you are prone to allergic rhinitis and like to be outdoors, you will love the benefits of nasal irrigation. Nasal irrigation is also termed as "nasal wash" or "sinus rinse". It is the act of cleansing out the nasal passages from excess mucus and airborne allergens that could be trapped inside them. To perform nasal irrigation, you will need a simple basic device like a neti pot and warm salt water or simply snorting the saline water from cupped hands. It is most effective when liquid enters through one nostril and exits out of the other nostril, or goes through the nasal cavity to the back of the throat from where it can be expelled out. Salt water sprays are also available, but are not as effective.
Nasal Irrigation Cleanses Your Sinuses
Cleansing the nasal passages through nasal irrigation is known to decrease the symptoms of sinusitis such as facial pain, cough, headache, stuffy nose and nasal congestion. It aids in the improvement of the mucociliary function and reduces the use of medications, including antibiotics. Nasal irrigation has been included in practices of good hygiene for centuries.
Safety Concerns of Nasal Irrigation
This practice has been proven safe by some clinical tests, having no side effects. Many benefits are derived by doing nasal irrigation and it is widely performed as an added treatment therapy for sinusitis and allergic rhinitis patients. Overall, nasal irrigation improves sinus health and quality of life.
Modern and Effective Nasal Irrigation Procedure
Medicated nasal irrigation is often prescribed to patients who are suffering from persistent allergies and rhinitis symptoms. It makes use of a custom-molded nasal irrigator that carries natural sea salt solution. It ensures ease of use and a smooth directional flow of liquid into the nasal passages. This kind of irrigator is more effective than the usual device with an inner tube which can harbor bacteria. With medicated nasal irrigation, the patient benefits from draining of impacted sinuses, cleansing of the upper respiratory area from secretions, and allergens out of the nose. A preservative-free salt water solution is more favorable since some patients might be allergic to chemical substances.