NeilMed's Sinus Rinse

Medication-Free Sinus Irrigation System

If you're suffering from nasal congestion caused by the common cold, the flu, allergies, and upper respiratory infections, a commonly recommended remedy is the use of nasal saline irrigation systems. These products help to rinse the sinuses, clearing out the mucus and irritants causing your congestion. Read on to learn more about these systems and the options available to you.

How It Works

A nasal saline rinse performs the same action as a neti pot (in fact, their premixed packets can be used with their neti pot as well) but it can be easier to use and less intimidating than a neti pot. By using it every day, it can help to relieve congestion, keep nasal passages moist and make you able to breathe more easily, especially while you sleep. After using the sinus rinse, your sinuses should be cleared out, making it easier for you to breathe and reducing the amount of mucus in your head.

Nasal Rinse Uses

  • Nasal dryness
  • Sinus pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cold and flu sinus symptoms​
  • Nasal irritation from dust, fumes, animal dander, grass, pollen, smoke, and environmental pollutants
  • Post-nasal drip

Nasal Saline Rinse Options

There are various different brands of nasal rinses on the market. You can ask your provider for recommendations, or do your research to determine which might be best for your situation. The following are just a few available options:

  • NeilMed Sinus Rinse: This squeeze-bottle system allows you to control the pressure of the rinse while providing a therapeutic and soothing experience.
  • Dr. Hana's Nasopure Nasal Wash: This natural buffered salt system works to provide allergy relief by removing allergens, pollutants and other infectious particles.
  • SinuCleanse Micro-Filtered Nasal Wash System: This system comes with a built-in micro-water filter to provide natural soothing relief for nasal congestion and sinus symptoms.
  • Homemade rinse: You can create your own homemade sinus rinse with warm water, salt, and baking soda.

Directions

Most saline rinses contain a squeezable plastic bottle that holds 8 ounces of water, a cap that screws on, premixed saline solution packets and a tube that extends from the cap into the solution in the bottle. The process is very simple; you only need to squeeze the bottle gently while holding the open end of the cap in one nostril.

To use the sinus rinse:

  1. Fill the bottle with 8 ounces of lukewarm water that's distilled, filtered or previously boiled. Never use plain tap water.
  2. Open one of the premixed solution packets and pour it into the bottle with the water.
  3. Gently shake or swirl the bottle until the solution is completely dissolved.
  4. Hold your head over a sink or use in the shower.
  5. Place the opening of the bottle in one nostril and squeeze gently until the solution flows out of the other nostril.
  6. Continue squeezing until half of the solution has run through your sinuses.
  7. Switch nostrils and rinse with the remaining solution.

Who Can Use Nasal Saline Rinses?

Anyone who uses this product needs to be able to understand how to use it properly. The sinus rinses described here contain no medication; instead, the premixed packets create a saline solution (basically a mild salt water), which is safe for anyone to use.

The product is also safe for use in children, but the child should be old enough to understand what will happen when they use it and perform the rinse themselves.

Warnings

You should not use a nasal rinse if:

  • Your nasal passages are completely blocked.
  • You have an ear infection.
  • Your ears are completely blocked with mucus.
  • You are unable to lean forward to allow the solution to run out of your nostrils.

Sinus rinse bottles also should not be shared among family members and should be washed and dried thoroughly between uses.

A Word From Verywell

Saline rinses are effective, have no side effects, and use no medications. They clean out the sinuses and help most people breathe more easily. Still, talk to your doctor if you have any hesitation about using them with the symptoms you're experiencing. They can help you determine the safest solution for you.

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