Sinus irrigation, also known has nasal irrigation, is a procedure that clears the nasal passages of mucus and debris, yielding significant health benefits. The procedure is simple and with the right tools, can be performed safely in the home. There are several ways to perform a sinus rinse, starting with the very basic cupping water to the nose and inhaling. This approach is not very effective at clearing the nose, but can help to rehydrate the nasal cavities. A more effective method is the netti pot, an ancient yogic tool. This tea-pot like device channels salt-water solution into the nasal cavities which can clean out the passage and help reduce inflammation. The netti pot is acceptable for individuals with minor sinus issues and seasonal allergies, but individuals with chronic conditions will require a more effective system such as the Hydro-Pulse™ Nasal Irrigation System. The Hydro-pulse literally pulses saline solution through the sinus cavities, thus removing excess phlegm and mucus and promoting a healthy nasal environment.There are many health and quality of life benefits to sinus irrigation, a few of which are outlined below.Allergy Symptom Relief

The most common allergies are caused by dust, pollen and mold. These irritants are inhaled and embed within nasal mucus, resulting in congestion, post nasal drip, irritation and swelling. While many allergy medications simply counteract symptoms, an effective sinus irrigation system gets to the very root of the problem and removes the allergens. The end result is fewer allergy symptoms, a healthy sinus environment and fewer sinus infections. For this reason, you should conduct a sinus rinse every day during allergy season.Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the persistent buildup of mucus in the sinus cavities, resulting in head-aches, discomfort and infections. Acute sinusitis last up to a month while chronic sinusitis lasts for months at a time. If you suffer from sinusitis, a daily sinus rinse is recommended by doctors to wash out the mucus that causes the buildup. Not only will it reduce infections but it will vastly improve your quality of life. I personally recommend that anyone with sinusitis invest in a Hydro-Pulse sinus and nasal irrigation system.Chronic Bad Breathe

Allergies and sinusitis are a major cause of halitosis. When mucus builds up in the nose and mouth it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria build up in your mouth and on the back of your tongue is a major contributor to chronic bad breath. A sinus irrigation rinse has proven very effective in curing bad breath as it clears out the excess mucus in your nose, thus preventing the buildup of bacteria. Respiratory Issues

Sinus irrigation is also known to improve many other respiratory ailments including common colds, hayfever, asthma, and bronchitis. I recommend sinus irrigation to all my patients, but especially those who have respiratory complaints. Nasal irrigation will help clear your sinuses and help you breath more clearly.
About the Author: Dr. Anthony Dailley has been practicing dentistry since 1981 and conducts research pertaining to bad breath treatments and remedies at the California Pacific Lab. He has a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University and a dental degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr Dailley specializes in curing bad breath and founded the Center for Breath Treatment as well as NovaBay Pharmaceutical, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company.

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Bad Breath is caused by bacteria infestation in the tongue, teeth, gums and gum cheeks. A potent anti-bacteria mouth wash and tongue cleaner according to the dentist will help.

Be careful about using mouth wash, though, because the chemical content in those can kill even the good bacteria, which will bring worse bad breath.

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Thanks for sharing the info. This is the first time I've heard of sinus irrigation and it sounds very interesting.

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Yes, Daniel, you're right, although that doesn't apply to all cases. Some roots of bad breath come from severe infections. Better consult your doctors to diagnose it properly.
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Currently, the best nasal irrigation system offers the following features and benefits: The irrigator has the anti-backwash valves, so the dirty solution will not flow back to the nasal cavity. This is particularly important for those people with bacterial or viral infections, such as the common cold or flu. The irrigator should be held up-right, like brushing your teeth. The head should not be tilted sideways. If the head is tilted sideways, the ear on the lower side could have the liquid entering it to cause an ear infection.

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Another benefit of Nasal irrigation is it acts as an effective natural sinus remedy to ward off environmental pollutants so that we can avoid the symptoms. If performed regularly, it puts a stop to future nose problems and breathing difficulties.

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There's nothing more to add with all those comments above discussing sinus irrigation.It is really a simple solution that has tons of benefits associated with it.

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Simon Greenwhich
February 29, 2012 5:33 am

Common colds can cause sinuses to inflame, thus the term sinusitis. It is important to treat simple colds to prevent serious problems from happening. Prevention is better than cure so it is important to give remedy even just a simple cold.


Sinusitis and rhinitis may cause a more serious problems. This is the reason why you need to take medicines and consult your doctors as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your system.


Sinusitis and rhinitis are indeed very serious. They need to be treated and cured as soon as possible. Flu and other illnesses may trigger this disease. It is imperative to consult your doctor whenever you feel something odd in your respiratory system.

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Nasal problems may affect the throat that may cause sore throat and other throat problems. It is imperative to cure the sore throat to prevent further respiratory problems.

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There are many ways to cure bad breath. Prevent it by maintaining good oral hygiene. If that doesn't work, consult your dentist as soon as possible.

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Belinda Moore
April 13, 2012 11:17 am

I agree with Amarant. Seek professional dental advice on choosing the best mouthwash for you. This also goes for other oral care products.

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I am glad you shared this. I think I will have to consult a dentist about this procedure.

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Lauren Frentscher
April 20, 2012 8:15 am

@Amarant: I didn’t know that too much mouthwash will kill the good bacteria too. I love gargling mouthwash whenever I feel my mouth is stinky. Is it bad to gargle mouthwash five times a day or I am still safe?

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Fanny Johnson
April 23, 2012 3:30 am

My officemate suffers from Sinusitis and she sometimes have headache. I will recommend Hydro-Pulse sinus and nasal irrigation system to her so she could feel better. How much is that procedure by the way?

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Sheree Partridge
April 23, 2012 7:41 am

I have sinusitis and I want to try Nasal Irrigation System. I cannot concentrate on my work because of it and I am glad that there’s a procedure like this.

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Erlyn Ritchie
April 23, 2012 9:38 am

Now I know why my officemate’s breath smells bad. She told me that she has sinusitis last week. I will honestly tell her about it and recommend that she should undergo a sinus irrigation.

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Janeira Tracie
April 24, 2012 7:23 am

My mother has sinusitis but she doesn’t have bad breath because she always brush her teeth every after meal. I will just recommend sinus irrigation to her just for her sinusitis.

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Sherry Sherod
May 31, 2012 9:08 pm

To add up on the benefits we can get from Nasal irrigation, it's the ideal approach for routine cleansing. The whole concept of cleaning has in face been a component for yoga for hundreds of decades. purchase drugs online

I have nothing more to add since almost everything was said about sinus irrigation. I personally tried it and it's very effective. It's a great solutions that has a lot of positive benefits to our health. pharmacy reviews