Monday, August 29, 2011

Tips for Nasal Irrigation

Tips for Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation, nasal wash or nasal douche, probably an Ayurvedic practice, uses saline to rinse the nasal cavity and treats colds, sinus disorders and nasal allergies. A neti pot, a specially designed container, is used for nasal wash. Regular nasal irrigation using a neti pot is more beneficial than the over-the-counter drugs. The pots are available in stainless steel, molded plastic and ceramic. However, steel pots are expensive. Fill the pot with over-the-counter saline nasal solution or warm salty water. Place the pot’s spout in the nostril and pour the water into the nostril. Repeat the process for both the nostrils.

While pouring water into the nostril, breathe through mouth. The water will come out from other nostril. After it drains fully, exhale and clean your nose with tissue.

Thoroughly clean the pot after every use.

Do not use extremely hot or cold water for the irrigation.

Generally, one pint of lukewarm water is mixed with one teaspoon of salt to make saline for the pot. Sinus Rinse systems are also available in the market.

Tilt the head at about 45 degree while using the pot.

Do not put too much of pressure to pour water inside the nostril. Be gentle.

Daily make fresh solution.

Some times saline may reach your throat, you can spit it.

In rare case, the nose may bleed or a feeling of stinging and irritation may occur.

Neti pot thins the mucus and thereby flushing out is easier.

You may consult your physician before using the pot.

If you do the wash vigorously, it may cause ear pain or gagging.

Initially you may not found it as easy as using a nasal spray or taking a pill. But, with little effort and practice, you will be comfortable with the pot. Various studies have confirmed that the nasal irrigation reduces the sinus infection symptoms.

A bulb syringe is used for nasal irrigation in babies.

The irrigation removes congestion and reduces pressure and pain in the face. Regular nasal wash can reduce the usage of nasal sprays and antibiotics. Nasal douche removes debris and excess mucus from the sinuses and the nose. Nasal wash clears up the nasal passages when polyps develop or crusts form and block the nose.

The wash used with standard medication can be very useful in treating the sinus disorders. Nasal wash may also give relief to chronic sinusitis patient.

Saline enhances speed of cilia movement and cilia coordination that enable removal of allergens, bacteria and other substances causing the sinus diseases.

Monday, August 22, 2011

9 Factors Causing Infection-Sinus

9 Factors Causing Infection-Sinus

Gunge accumulated in the sinuses is an ideal place for harmful germ growth. These germs cause infection-sinus. Acute sinus infection is attributed to a number of factors, which are discussed below:

  • Chronic medical conditions, including cystic fibrosis, HIV and diabetes, weaken the immune system, causing swelling of the airways. As a result, thick mucus may develop that in turn leads to infection-sinus.


  • Anatomical abnormalities, structural defects, such as cleaved palate, tumor, deviated septum and thin drainage channels, interfere with mucus drainage. Disease-spreading bacteria and viruses can easily grow in the mucus build up, setting the stage for infection.
  • Polyps, benign growths in the sinuses and the nose, may block the sinus spaces and thereby hinder mucus drainage. The mucus build up will lead to infection. If these growths obstruct the airway channels, headaches may develop.


  • Smoking is an irritant that may cause inflammation in the nose and make you more prone to infection-sinus. Indeed, smoking interrupts and disrupts natural cleaning process of the sinuses. More gunge, thus, gathers into the sinuses, blocking the nasal passages.
  • Fungi may even infect the sinuses of a healthy person. However, mostly people with a weak immune system get fungal sinusitis. Fungi grow easily in dark and damp environs, which are found in the sinuses. So weak immune system and right environment encourage growth of disease-causing fungi.



  • Frequent air travel may worsen the infection-sinus. Reduced air pressure in an airplane may build up pressure in the head. The pressure, especially during landing and takeoff, may clog the air passages and the sinuses, aggravating signs of cold and sinusitis.
  • Adventure activities like diving and swimming worsen symptoms of sinusitis in the people already suffering from the disease. Do not spend too much time in the swimming pools, because chlorine irritates the sinuses and the nasal lining. Water may enter into the sinuses due to pressure change while diving and inflammation of sinus tissues may occur.


  • Air-borne pollutants, including dust, perfume, and other strong odors, cause irritation in the nose and inflammation, making you more susceptible to sinusitis. Try to avoid these pollutants and reduce the risk of developing sinus infection.
  • A viral infection in the upper respiratory system may lead to sinus infection. The viral infection damages the sinus membrane cells, causing inflammation and thickening of the membrane. The thick membrane clogs the nasal passages connecting to the sinuses. In the absence of proper removal of bacteria, infection develops.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Prevention of Headaches-sinus

Prevention of Headaches-sinus

Headaches-sinus is associated with sinus disorders. The headaches are generally accompanied by other sinus congestion symptoms. To prevent and reduce chances of the headaches-sinus, do the following:
Avoid smoking.
Ensure that you do not catch respiratory infections, colds and influenza. Good hygiene habits protect against these ailments. If you suffer from these disorders, visit the doctor for quick and reliable treatment. Avoid contact with people suffering from these contagious diseases.  Reduce stress and live active life to strengthen your immune system, so you do not catch infectious diseases. Balanced diet and regular exercise will strengthen your immune system.

Avoid exposure to allergens that trigger sinusitis symptoms and associated headaches. Treat all allergies in timely manner as allergies may cause swelling of the sinuses and result in headaches. In case of severe allergies, consult the doctor and follow the prescription.
Avoid strong gases, dust, fumes and odors as they lead to irritation and may cause headaches.
Drink enough fluids and keep body hydrated. Fluids will thin the mucus, allowing proper drainage of the mucus and ensuring clear sinuses, as congested sinuses are prone to infection that cause headaches.
Breathe in humidified air at work and home, because ample moisture in the air prevents sinusitis. However, excessive use of humidifiers is not good, as high humidity may encourage growth of dust mites.
A hot shower or bath increase humidity and steam opens up your sinus cavities. The clean sinuses are less prone to pain.
Keep your sinuses healthy. Wash your hands with water and soap often to avoid catching infections of upper respiratory system that may cause sinusitis. Avoid irritants causing swelling of the sinus membrane. Washing hands will prevent viruses and bacteria from spreading. Wash the hands after touching someone. Do not shake hands. Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm instead of the hand. Public doorknobs and telephones are storehouse of germs, so washing hands after using them is necessary.
Since dairy products may thicken mucus, reduce the intake of the products.
You may take over-the-counter painkillers that generally subside the sinus pain.
In case of stubborn sinusitis, surgery may relieve the symptoms and prevent headaches.
Find out the cause of sinus pain and treat accordingly.