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Nasal irrigation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Nasal irrigation **

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Nasal irrigation
A woman flushing her nose with a neti pot
ICD-9-CM 22.0
MeSH D055556

*Nasal irrigation* or *nasal lavage* or *nasal douche* is the personal
hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out excess
mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses. The practice is generally
well-tolerated and reported to be beneficial with only minor side
effects.^[1] Nasal irrigation in a wider sense can also refer to the use of
saline nasal spray or nebulizers to moisten the mucous membranes.

According to its advocates, nasal irrigation promotes good sinus and nasal
health. Patients with chronic sinusitis including symptoms of facial pain,
headache, halitosis, cough, anterior rhinorrhea (watery discharge) and
nasal congestion are reported often to find nasal irrigation to provide
relief. In published studies, "daily hypertonic saline nasal irrigation
improves sinus-related quality of life, decreases symptoms, and decreases
medication use in patients with frequent sinusitis",^[2] and irrigation is
recommended as an adjunctive treatment for chronic sinonasal


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*Medical uses[edit]*

Nasal irrigation device commonly available at pharmacies

Nasal irrigation is used to treat a wide range of chronic sinus and nasal
symptoms; for chronic rhinosinusitis it can be an effective adjunctive
therapy. It is also reported to be an effective measure against chronic
sinus symptoms induced by work-place exposure to sawdust.^[5] Further
evidence suggests that nasal irrigation causes relief for both hay-fever
and the common cold. The neti pot used with


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