Pulsatile Nasal and Sinus Irrigation Found to Prevent Allergic Response
Madrid, Spain (Sept. 1, 1999) – Researchers at the Dept. of Immunology of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, have determined that daily pulsatile irrigation of the nose with a device such as the Hydro-Pulse sinus irrigator reduces or removes the response or “factor” from the pollen IgE, a common pollen which produces seasonal allergies. Pulsatile irrigation is a simple, inexpensive, at-home treatment in which a patient flushes out their own nose and sinuses. This research suggests that regular irrigation actually prevents the seasonal pollen allergy response of the body, which means avoiding the suffering associated with seasonal allergies.
Drs. Jose and Javier Subiza, in their clinical studies of allergic response, tested a sample of subjects with allergies to IgE, a pollen present during the grass pollen season. During this season, the sample who performed pulsatile irrigation daily were checked for allergic response factors in the nose and in the blood, and they were checked for inflammation in the nose. The patients who irrigated show a significant reduction in the allergic factors of IgE in the nose and in the blood, along with a reduction in inflammation. The observations show that the pollen had been washed out of the nose, actually preventing the allergic response.
People have washed out their nasal passages for centuries using salt water for health benefits. Although everyone reacts negatively to plain water in the nose, properly prepared saline, or water with a saltiness to match that of the nose, causes no irritation. We recommend the saline powder called Breath-Ease XL be used for this. A simple washing of your nose and sinuses with saline does have some benefits verified by medical research, but pulsatile irrigation with a device such as the Hydro-Pulse sinus irrigator is quite different. It has been shown to actually improve the function of the body’s own machinery, which are the cilia, for removing foreign materials. With pulsatile irrigation, warm saline water is gently pumped into the nasal passages, not in a smooth stream, but in a pulsing one. This action is believed to stimulate the “sweeping” or “waving back and forth” motion of the nasal cilia. Tests have shown that the cilia work better after irrigation.
The pulsatile irrigation treatment requires only the use of a small device at home called the Hydro-Pulse sinus irrigator. In many cases the treatment can replace the use of drugs, their side effects, and avoids their high costs. For comparison, two months of Claritin® can cost over US$100. Patient response to the pulsatile treatment was reported as positive.
The research was reported in the September issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Drs. Jose and Javier Subiza are widely recognized clinical allergy experts from Madrid. Their excellent work will be of great help to allergy sufferers.
It should be emphasized that pulsatile nasal irrigation is a completely natural, safe, drug-free treatment which can be performed without recurring visits to the doctor’s office. The device we recommend for this is the Hydro-Pulse sinus irrigator.