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Sinus infections and allergic reactions can occur when the efficiency of cilia in the nose is hampered. Cilia are small hairs located inside the nasal passage which help to break down germs and pollutants that might enter the passages. In order to relieve the congestion, pain and pressure that can result from a sinus infection, one can use a method known as a sinus irrigation. For this, you will need some basic equipment and a rundown of how the process unfolds.

Tools required for this process are: baking soda, a bottle of purified water, measuring spoons, a nasal bulb syringe, a neti pot and some non-iodized salt. You may also need some towels with which to clean up any mess that may occur through sinus irrigation.

Using a Neti Pot

One can buy a neti pot at most good health supply shops. To perform the irrigation process with a neti pot, first of all combine the salt, water and baking soda. This will create a cleansing liquid, with which you should then fill the neti pot. Then, angle your head and insert the spout of the pot into your nostril. Allow the contents of the pot to pour into your nostril - having done so, a mixture of fluid and mucus should be excreted from the nose. Continue with this process until the fluids no longer flow.

Using a Bulb Syringe

To use a bulb syringe to perform the process, you will first of all need to measure half a teaspoon of any non-iodized salt, such as kosher or sea salt. Pour 8 ounces of purified or bottled room temperature water into a cup before adding half a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix and then draw the mixture into a bulb syringe. With head tilted downward, insert the syringe into the nostril aperture and squeeze the bulb in order to cause the mixture to spray into the sinuses. A fluid containing mucus will drain out. Continue to repeat the process until the flow of mucus has stopped. Switch nostril and repeat the process. Gargle water to clear any fluid that may have gathered in the throat.

Important Information

Prior to attempting a sinus irrigation, one should consult a doctor in order to discover whether one suffers from any condition that may inhibit the operation. Acute sinus infections may require patience with regard to performing the process. With a serious infection, you risk spreading the harmful bacteria. Coughing fits may occur after the process, but this is not harmful.

It is necessary to abandon the irrigation process if one experiences gagging or inner ear pain. This may have occurred as a result of too much pressure being applied during the administration of the cleansing solution.

Make sure not to overuse the sinus irrigation technique, as this can be harmful. However, regular irrigation is recommended during the infected period. One also needs to remember to perform this operation in a sanitary area that can be easily cleaned afterwards.

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