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Saltwater washes (saline lavage or irrigation) help keep
the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help
improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses. This can help
prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip.
It also can make the nose feel more comfortable by keeping the
mucous membranes moist.
You can buy
saline nose drops at a pharmacy, or you can make
your own saline solution:
You can store homemade saline solution at room temperature for 3 days.
To use homemade saline solution as a nasal wash:
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDonald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Current as ofJuly 29, 2016
Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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