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.