Rx
:  SALINE Nose RINSE Recipe

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Mix 1 cup (8oz) of warm water with 1/4 tsp of table salt and 1/4 tsp of baking soda.  Stir until dissolved.

Rinse each nostril two to four times a day with a bulb syringe.

Prepare a fresh batch of the rinse daily to avoid bacterial contamination.

A bulb syringe can usually be found in the baby products section of most supermarkets or drug stores.  Some people also save an old spray bottle from a nasal saline product and then re-fill the bottle.  If you do this, make sure the bottle is carefully cleaned.

A Waterpic® with a special nasal adaptor is the ultimate nasal rinse device if you find that regular rinses are beneficial.

 

Variations:

  • Some claim that by adding additional salt, there is an additional benefit on clearing congestion and shrinking the nasal membranes.  This also makes the solution "saltier" and a little less palatable.  Try up to 1/2 to 1 level tsp of salt, plus the 1/4 tsp baking soda.
  • Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent®) solution, often used in nebulizers, can be added.  If OK with your doctor try adding 1-2 nebules (0.5 -1.0 mg) to the recipe.

 

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