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Keep Your Nasal Spray and Sinus Irrigation Bottle Clean with these Tips

If you have nasal or sinus congestion which may be caused by colds, allergies, or sinusitis, you may need to use a nasal spray or sinus irrigation.

Since these devices help introduce fluids into your nose and sinuses, you have to make sure that they are kept clean and sanitary. So here are some tips on the proper use of nasal sprays and sinus irrigation bottles to help keep infections at bay.

     1. Always carefully read and follow the instructions provided in the box and product information leaflet. Do not discard these important materials and keep them as handy references. Every device has its own unique prescribed cleaning method.

     2. Nasal sprays and sinus irrigation bottles are for personal use only. Always use your own device, and do not share your device with others. Sharing the same device may cause spread of infection.

     3. After using a sinunasal irrigation, discard any remaining solution. Never keep remaining solution for later use as bacteria and other microorganisms might grow on them.

     4. Thoroughly clean the nasal spray and irrigation bottles after every use.

     5. In cleaning nasal sprays, you may use a clean cotton swab to wipe the tip of the nozzle before covering it with the protective cap.

     6. Always clean all parts of the irrigation bottle (including the cap and tube) very well using warm water and rinse thoroughly with tap water.

     7. After washing, thoroughly dry all parts of the irrigation bottle using a clean paper towel.

     8. Reassemble the irrigation bottle and its components and store in a cool dry place until next use

     9. In preparing your sinus irrigation for the next use, rinse the bottle and the other parts with cooled preboiled water.

For expert advice, always consult your doctor on the proper use of your nasal spray and sinus irrigation.

References:

Shargorodsky J, Lane AP. What is the best modality to minimize bacterial contamination of nasal saline irrigation bottles? Laryngoscope. 

Keen, M., Foreman, A., & Wormald, P.-J. (2010). The clinical significance of nasal irrigation bottle contamination.

Saline Nasal Spray for Clean and Clear Nasal Airways

We can’t see them but suspended in the air that we breathe are impurities like dust, dirt, pollen or even infection-causing bacteria and viruses. Although our nose is naturally equipped to filter out these impurities, there are many instances wherein the filtering capabilities of our nose are overwhelmed when our environment becomes increasingly polluted and crowded.

Rinsing the nose with water would be an easy thing to do, however our nasal passages are very sensitive. The solution needed should be friendly to the delicate nasal tissues like a saline solution. Isotonic or physiologic saline nasal solutions duplicate the natural characteristics of normal body fluids and are gentle for cleansing the salt-sensitive tissues of the nose. 

Nasal saline solution cleanses and moisturizes the nasal passages which helps the body increase its resistance to respiratory tract infections and even provides a natural remedy in relieving symptoms of various ailments affecting the nose such as the common cold and nasal allergies.

When prepared as a handy nasal spray, saline nasal solution becomes a carry-anywhere and ready-to-use cleansing solution for the nose and delivers multiple benefits:

     • Saline solutions that come in a handy nasal spray provide a convenient means of washing, cleaning and clearing the nasal passages of irritants like dust and pollens, crusted mucus and microorganisms such as viruses.
     • Regular cleansing of the nasal tissues with saline solution promotes health of the cilia, the hair-like structures that trap and sweep away foreign invaders in the nasal airway and help curb inflammation.
     • Nasal saline washes help keep the nasal tissues moist and hydrated or help restore moisture to dry or congested nasal passages.
     • Isotonic saline nasal sprays help thin and loosen nasal secretions and crusted mucus.
     • Using saline nasal sprays can help provide relief of nasal congestion associated with dry, irritated or inflamed nasal passages, low humidity, heat, cold dry air (i.e., in air-conditioned room, air travel).

The best part is that you don’t need to go through the inconvenience of mixing your own salt solution to get all these benefits. Isotonic saline nasal sprays are readily and widely available over the counter in your neighborhood drugstores and pharmacies. If you have persisting or worsening symptoms, it is still best to consult your doctor.

Sinunasal Irrigation: Cleansing Care for a Healthy Nose and Sinuses

The nose that serves as an entrance to our airways is not a straight pathway as some imagine it to be. There are holes leading into our sinuses as well as bends and curves which may serve as areas where germs, dust and dirt from the air that we breathe may lodge into and cause various health problems affecting our nose and sinuses. Clearing away these irritants could be achieved most effectively by thoroughly washing the nasal passages and sinuses through large volume sinunasal irrigation.

Unlike nasal sprays or pumps, sinunasal irrigations deliver a large volume of solution under low pressure to gently wash the nasal passages and the sinus cavities. Sinunasal irrigation washes away and removes excess mucus containing bacteria, viruses and irritants or allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke particles.

Following are the benefits of sinunasal irrigating solution:

     • Clears and cleanses the sinunasal cavity
     • Aids in thinning secretions, lessens pressure and pain in the sinuses relieving symptoms of sinunasal congestion
     • Helps moisturize the sinunasal mucous membranes
     • Promotes the natural protective action of cilia to sweep away mucus, dirt or debris
     • Provides relief of symptoms associated with cold, sinusitis, allergies, pre and postoperative care
     • Optimizes patient’s recovery following nasal and sinus surgery

In irrigating the nose and the sinuses, a number of clinical experts advocate the use of a mineral- rich solution called Ringer’s lactate instead of plain saline as the appropriate irrigating solution. The composition of Ringer’s lactate solution more closely approximates that of the extracellular fluid. Ringer’s lactate, which is composed mainly of sodium chloride, potassium chloride and calcium lactate pentahydrate, closely mimics the body’s own extracellular fluid that naturally bathes the body cells. The minerals of the sinunasal irrigation solution act together for the relief of nasal and sinus conditions. Such irrigating solution is not associated with serious side effects and does not sting as other concentrated solutions are prone to do. There are commercially available sinunasal irrigating preparations that are of the same composition as Ringer’s Lactate.

For more information on sinunasal irrigation and if you have persisting or worsening symptoms, please consult your doctor.