Natural Nasal Washing Relieves Chronic Sinus Symptoms Without Drugs
associated with sinus congestion or irritation typically drive many
of the millions of American sufferers to drug-based commercial remedies
like psuedoephedrine pills or chemical nasal sprays. But a new study,
published in the medical journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
indicates that a simpler method may be quite effective. The approach?
Regular nasal washing with warm water and 2 percent saline. Researchers
found that the all-natural treatment can often not only clear up
sinus symptoms associated with cold and flu, allergies and sinusitis
on a long-term basis, but it has been proven to improve overall quality
of life in patients with sinus symptoms.
The study is the first to follow participants using nasal wash
treatment, or hypertonic saline nasal irrigation (HNSI), over a
long period of time. Three primary outcome measures, including
Sino-Nasal Outcomes Test (SNOT-20), all showed significant improvement
over the 18-month trial. Secondary outcome measures including frequency
and pattern of HSNI use, side effects and satisfaction showed that
participants reported improved quality of life and frequent, satisfying
use of nasal washing.
Participants self-administered the 2-percent nasal wash solution
through a SinuCleanse neti-pot. Results of the study showed decreased
sinus symptoms, overall improved health and, a decreased use of
sinus medication among nasal wash users.
"The study strengthens the argument that HSNI is a safe,
well-tolerated, inexpensive, effective, long term therapy that
patients with chronic sinonasal complaints can and will use at
home with minimal training and follow-up,” concluded Dr.
David Rabago of the Department of Family Medicine, University of
Wisconsin, the study’s lead author.
These results contribute more weight to results from initial studies
that were done by the University of Wisconsin supporting nasal
washing as a successful way to treat sinus problems over a short
period of time.
"This study provides further scientific data to support nasal
washing as a safe, effective and satisfying method for relieving
and preventing sinus problems," said Madison, Wisconsin otolaryngologist,
Dr. Diane G. Heatley. "Chronic sinus problems will not go
away on their own. Like weight control, sinus problems must be
managed over time."
Dr. Heatley has been recommending nasal washing to patients of
her ear, nose and throat practice for over a decade. In 1997, she
developed a commercial version of the neti pot suitable for family
home use. The commercial version of the neti pot is called SinuCleanse,
manufactured by Med-Systems Inc., the same nasal wash neti pot
used in the study.
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