A Quick Start to Nasal Irrigation with the SinuPulse Elite
Assemble the SinuPulse Elite® Nasal Irrigator as instructed in the materials. Turn the water control to the low setting. Select and attach the nasal irrigator. The nose is best washed with diluted salt water. No salt or too much salt will cause irritation or a burning sensation. Most people use 1 or 2 level teaspoons of non-iodized salt in 500 milliliters (1 pint) of distilled or previoulsy boiled water. The water temperature is controversial. Some like cold water and some like it hot. 98.6o Fahrenheit, (37o centigrade) is the body temperature ideal for nasal irrigation. The coolest water that should be irrigated through the nose is 72o Fahrenheit and the warmest 102o Fahrenheit.
Ten percent of patients say the standard salt solution causes burning. For these individuals, one quarter to one half teaspoon of baking soda changes the acidity (pH) and will ameliorate the burning problems. A slightly acidic solution is preferred so baking soda should only be used if necessary for comfort.
Fill your SinuPulse Elite® nasal irrigator with the chosen water temperature and salt concentration. Turn the unit on and lean over the sink. Place the irrigator up to your nose. Let the water run into your nose. As you get accustomed to the water cleaning your nose, you can increase the water pressure. It will run out the opposite side or out your mouth. Tilt and twist the irrigator side to side and up and down directing the water flow into all portions of the nasal cavity. When the first nostril feels clean, switch to the opposite side. Continue to irrigate until your nose feels clean. This can be repeated once, twice or even 3 times during the day.
Source: Handbook of Nasal Disease by Terence M. Davidson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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