Nasal Irrigation Treatments & Solutions
- Create normal saline solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 quart of boiling water.
- Store the solution in a plastic bottle at room temperature.
- Purchase a bulb syringe from the drug store.
- Squeeze bulb syringe, please it into the saline solution, and release the bulb to fill the syringe.
- While leaning over a sink, insert the tip of the syringe about 1-2 centimeters into each nostril.
- Gently squeeze the bulb syringe to irrigate the nose.
- Blow the nose gently after the first irrigation.
- Repeat the irrigation with the second syringe full of saline on the same side.
- Follow the steps above to irrigate the other nostril.
- Perform these irrigations at least four times per day.
- Commercially prepared nasal saline sprays may be used in between irrigations to help moisturize the nasal mucosa.
Irrigations using a water pick:
- Mix solution as described above.
- Set the irrigator to the lowest pressure setting.
- Insert the irrigator tip into the nostril.
While leaning over a sink, irrigate the nose for 30 seconds.