Evidence Supporting Saline Nasal Rinses
This is part 2 of 4, listed here:
- Part 1 of 4: http://www.boogordoctor.com/pediatric-sinusitissaline-sinus-rinses-what-good-are-they-14/
- Part 2 of 4: http://www.boogordoctor.com/pediatric-sinusitis-asthma-saline-rinses-2/
- Part 3 of 4: http://www.boogordoctor.com/pediatric-sinusitis-asthma-saline-sinus-rinses-what-good-are-they-34/
- Part 4 of 4: http://www.boogordoctor.com/pediatric-sinusitis-asthma-saline-sinus-rinses-what-good-are-they-44/
Medical Evidence Supporting Saline Nasal Rinses for Treatment of Sinus
A study from the University of Michigan (well-designed, and executed as a randomized, controlled trial of over 100 people with chronic rhinosinusitis) found that symptom severity and symptom frequency were significantly reduced in those who used sinus rinses on a daily basis compared to those who did not. Similar results are also reported for a smaller group of children with allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eyes).
I originally used various home recipes for my own rhinosinusitis, and liked some better than others. More recently I have converted to a commercially prepared saline formula and rinse system. There are several available. I use the one made by Nasopure, and this is the one I recommend for my patients.
It is easier than making my own (I’m basically lazy), and I really prefer their squeeze-bottle over the suction bulb-syringe that I was using. Their formula also does not burn the lining of my nose like all of my home recipes do. (Disclaimer: I have no financial ties to Nasopure).
Hang in There
Finally, if you are going to do this for your child, be patient, be persistent. I have a number of children in my practice as young as 4 years old who tolerate this on a daily basis. Most of these kids are in the very sick category, and if they don’t rinse their sinuses on a daily basis they can end up in the hospital with severe sinusitis, requiring intravenous medications or surgery.
Most little kids start out fighting the rinses, making every rinsing session during the first week a wrestling match with you. This is one of those times when you need to be your child’s parent more than your child’s friend.
It may require two adults to get the job done properly and safely for awhile. But over time they recognize how much better they feel without their sinusitis symptoms, and resign themselves to making sinus irrigations part of their daily routine.
Anyone out there doing these rinses themselves? Anyone out there enjoy doing these rinses on a daily basis? I didn’t think so. Personally, I detest rinsing my sinuses, but if I don’t, my sinusitis returns immediately. Being free of sinusitis is worth the hassle.
Thanks for visiting. See you here over the next couple weeks as we review how to make sinus rinses easier and more effective.
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Saline Sinus Rinses: Part 2 of 4
Next time: How to do saline sinus rinses … part 3 of 4
Nasal saline for chronic sinonasal symptoms: A randomized controlled trial. Pynnonen, et al. Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Vol. 133(11): 1115-1120; 2007.
Nasal rinsing with hypertonic solution: An adjunctive treatment for pediatric seasonal rhinoconjunctivitis. Garavello, et al. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. Vol. 137(4): 310-314; 2005.
Radiographic comparison of three method for nasal irrigation. Olson, et al. The Laryngoscope. Vol. 112: 1394-1397; 2002.