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Nasal Rinsing and Non-Compliant Patients

POSTED: OCTOBER 10, 2018 Samantha was a 45-year-old married mother of three, working full-time and battling chronic sinusitis that seemed to have worsened despite the best efforts of her primary care providers. She was referred to ENT specialist Dr. Stephen Chandler by her primary GP after multiple rounds of oral antibiotics, steroidal nasal sprays, and OTC decongestants had failed to provide sustained symptom relief. Dr. Chandler recalls her predicament, saying Samantha was a fairly typical case of the ‘revolving-door’ approach to symptom management. Rather than searching for an underlying anatomic or medical predisposing symptom cause, patients are often treated based on symptom profile. Oftentimes this approach is adequate. With repeated similar recurrences, additional diagnostic information from nasal endoscopy and medical imaging are useful. In the...

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Why the Salt Packet? Trust Me – Take My Word for It

POSTED: AUGUST 16, 2018 Whether it is due to not drinking enough coffee or staying up for an all-night Game of Thrones marathon, everyone has an off moment from time to time. If you’ve ever had one while rinsing your nasal passages, you probably know what happens. Your flaming nostrils tell you! Performing a nasal rinse without the salt packet is a great way to feel the burn, but not the kind of burn you like. Salt-free rinsing hurts, leaving you sporting a face that feels as if it’s on fire. It’s an entirely different experience without the balanced pH that salt provides. The salt also helps by thinning out nasal mucus and making cilia better at trapping and removing germs. Now, it’s important...

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How Much Nasal Rinse Solution Should You be Using?

POSTED: JUNE 21, 2018 Nasal rinse is a wonderful way to clear your sinuses and breathe easier. It’s ideal for those who suffer from sinus problems, those prone to allergies, and those who simply want to give their nose some TLC. But, regardless of why you’re turning to nasal rinse, how much solution should you be using? Different people will likely give you different answers. Someone with limited lung capacity may prefer to rinse with as little solution as possible, while deep sea divers may keep the rinse going for an entire quarter of NFL football. That, it turns out, is overkill. The ideal amount of rinse is 5 ounces. How did we arrive at this number? Rinsing with 5 ounces fits...

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Nasal Rinse: Why Does it Leave You Sneezing?

POSTED: MAY 3, 2018 Sneezing! We all do it. From weeds to trees, from kittens to wool mittens, there are many things that set our noses off. Nasal rinse? Sometimes! A small number of people who are new to nasal rinses might notice a few initial sneezes as a side effect. The good news is that this side effect doesn’t last. But, why does it happen? And what are the other drawbacks? Why we sneeze Sneezing is a natural reaction and something everybody experiences, some more than others.  You don’t have to be sick, allergic, or one of Snow White’s dwarves to sneeze every now and then. A sneeze occurs when something gets inside the nose and triggers our nerve endings to react. These nerves send a...

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Hypertonic vs. Isotonic Nasal Rinses: Which One Should You Choose?

POSTED: JANUARY 11, 2018 In the world of nasal rinses, isotonic and hypertonic often face off in competition to see which is better – it’s like West Side Story but for your sinuses. Both rinses have their benefits – they wash away germs and allergens. They flush out pollutants and bacteria. They decrease the symptoms of nasal congestion. Still, these rinses aren’t exactly the same. So, what’s the difference? Hypertonic saline nasal rinses Saline nasal rinses are made of salt; hypertonic solutions have higher concentrations of this salt. Their chemistry makes these solutions better at expelling mucus from the nasal passages, and some people use hypertonic solutions when they’ve already come down with a case of the sniffles. One of the drawbacks, however, is that hypertonic solutions can...

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