Well, the poll results are in.
I usually try to take a poll down once a couple hundred results are recorded. This poll has reached over 290 results, and the results were not what I had expected:
What Methods Do We Use for Nasal Saline Rinses?
51% still use the Neti pot, as you can see from the figure, the majority of us.
42% use the Squeeze-bottle – from Nasopure, NeilMed, there are several available (more on this below).
4% still use the Suction-bulb! That is a surprise.
For those of you who don’t know what that is, think back to those blue or green rubber-like bulbs that many people use to suction a baby’s nose out.
There were a couple of wise-alecs who claimed to use their garden-hose to rinse their noses out!! Nice image.
What Are Saline Nasal Rinses Good For?
I have reviewed nasal saline rinses elsewhere on this blog, but let’s briefly review their value. Saline Nasal Rinses are good for those with:
- allergic rhinitis
- rhinitis from any cause (chemical rhinitis, say in a swimmer from chlorinated pool)
- sinusitis – acute or chronic
- simple viral URI syndrome
- asthma – optimizing nasal hygiene will benefit your lungs!
- otitis (ear infections) – again, optimal nasal hygiene reduces ear infections
- anyone who is exposed to air pollutants – either indoors or outdoors
- anyone with reflux that contributes to otitis or rhinitis/sinusitis
- once you have achieved a healthy nose – best way to keep it that way!
Whatever is bothering your nose, this will rinse it away. Think of nasal saline rinses like a car-wash for your nose – rinse off the dirt: mold, virus, bacteria, particulate pollutants, chemical toxins, etc.
You get the idea. Basically, ANY “Itis” or inflammatory disorder of the respiratory tract will benefit from optimal nasal hygiene.
Why is that?
Read about the Unified Airway Model to find out:
Let Me Make A Recommendation
If you are doing nasal saline rinses …
First: stop using a suction-bulb. Primitive. Too risky for nasal trauma, likely to cause nose-bleeds. The goal here is to be nice to your nose, not to hurt it.
If you are using a Neti pot, time to switch to a squeeze-bottle.
There is an easier way to rinse your nose with saline – especially if you are doing saline rinses with a child.
For those of you who are struggling with the Neti pot to rinse a child’s nose, you know what I mean. Rinsing a child’s nose can be enough of a wrestling match without also struggling to get the positioning just right.
There is now a “Nicer Neti,” as the Nasopure bottle is referred to.
Of all the possible methods for doing nasal saline rinses, this is by far the easiest. And their bottle is BPA-free!
No odd head/neck contortions to get the positioning just right.
And if you have children who need nasal saline rinses, be sure to check out the videos on the Nasopure site: they show 3- and 4-year-old children easily doing nasal saline rinses. By themselves. Without the wrestling match. It’s that easy.
For Transparency: I have NO financial or other arrangements with Nasopure.com or Dr. Hana Solomon. It is simply that this is the easiest system that I have found (and I have used them ALL), and the one that I use personally for myself and my own children, and the one that I recommend for my patients in clinic.
For those who might be interested in signing up for FREE email updates from this blog – no SPAM ever – you will receive a decent discount for everything on the Nasopure site.
If you or your child(ren) struggle with rhinitis or sinusitis, Dr. Hana’s book is a must-have:
Clearing The Air One Nose at a Time, by Dr. Hana Solomon.
Readers of this blog will recognize this as the book that I was intending to write!
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