Frequently Asked Questions About ResQRinse® Nasal Rinse & Sinus Cleanse System
Who should ResQRinse®?ResQRinse is perfect for:
- sinusitis, hayfever, congestion, and nasal allergies.
- nasal dryness, post-nasal surgery, cold and flu.
- sinus irritation from dust in the home or job, fumes, pollen, pet dander, and more!
What is nasal irrigation?
Nasal irrigation (also known as nasal lavage or informally as nasal rinsing) is an inexpensive, simple, self-administered and painless treatment using natural saline solution to loosen nasal mucus and remove dirt, dust and pollen. Regular use of nasal irrigation can help relieve the symptoms of various sinus conditions, such as sinusitis, congestion, common colds and allergic rhinitis. Ask Dr. Donna: Is Nasal Rinsing Good for Travel?
How does ResQRinse® differ from other nasal rinse systems?
ResQRinse® offers a new and revolutionary approach to the centuries-old practice of nasal rinsing. While there are many nasal rinse systems on the market today, most have drawbacks that deter regular use, therefore limiting their efficacy (with nasal rinsing, frequent use is key for best results). Common drawbacks of many of these systems include choking, gagging and burning—even nausea—as a result of saline solution running from the nasal passages down the back of the throat. For kids in particular, the prospect of pain and irritation is an obvious obstacle to regular use. The ResQRinse® system eliminates or significantly reduces these drawbacks and barriers to use.
How does ResQRinse® eliminate the negative side effects of other nasal rinse systems?
ResQRinse® eliminates or greatly reduces the common negative, uncomfortable side effects that occur with most nasal rinse systems by activating a natural physiological process called choanal occlusion. The process of choanal occlusion creates a natural barrier between the nasal passages and the back of the throat—just like blowing up a balloon forces air out the mouth and not the nose. Due to the system’s patent-pending design, choanal occlusion is activated automatically when using ResQRinse® and a more pleasant user experience is created by preventing saline solution from reaching the throat. Additionally, since the ResQRinse® system provides highly effective delivery of saline solution throughout the sinonasal cavity, the cleansing effect is maximized. ResQRinse® is designed to work with the user in an upright position, further enhancing comfort and safety (whereas many other nasal rinse systems require the user to tilt the head at an awkward angle). Learn more about nasal rinsing, choanal occlusion and how ResQRinse® works here.
What are the benefits of nasal rinsing?
Nasal rinsing has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of various sinus conditions, such as acute, sub-acute and chronic sinusitis, and congestion due to common colds and allergies. Regular nasal rinsing can improve quality of life by helping to cleanse and clear the sinuses, thus reducing the pain and headaches associated with sinus congestion. Nasal rinsing is an inexpensive, simple, self-administered treatment, and can be used in place of, or in conjunction with, antibiotic decongestants and nasal sprays. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat sinus infections, with surgical intervention as an alternative in cases of chronic or recurrent, acute sinusitis. There is, however, some question as to the efficacy of oral antibiotic treatment for sinus infections, due to a limited amount of the drug reaching the infected area. Additionally, resistance to antibiotics can develop with frequent use, and regular reliance on antibiotics is generally discouraged by medical practitioners. Support is widespread of the therapeutic benefit of adding saline nasal irrigation to appropriate antibiotic treatment in the management of sinus infections. See our video – ask Dr. Donna on What’s so Good About Rinsing?
What does nasal rinsing feel like?
Regardless of the nasal rinse system used, the process may feel unusual at first and take some getting used to. However, unlike many nasal rinse systems on the market, which may cause choking, gagging and burning—even nausea—as a result of saline solution running from the nasal passages down the back of the throat, ResQRinse® is engineered for maximum comfort. The patent-pending design of ResQRinse® triggers a physiological process called choanal occlusion, which creates a barrier between the nasal passages and the back of the throat, preventing all (or nearly all) fluid from reaching the throat. Additionally, ResQRinse® is used while in an upright position, further reducing any discomfort. The feeling of nasal rinsing with ResQRinse® can be compared to getting a small amount of salt water in your nose while swimming in the ocean. The rinsing process is self-controlled and surprisingly gentle and refreshing. Afterward, many people experience a short-lived sensation from the saline solution having passed through the sinus cavity. Blowing one’s nose to clear out any remaining fluid helps reduce this sensation, and should be done after rinsing each side of the sinus cavity.
When should I use ResQRinse®?
Many people use ResQRinse® daily, as a healthy sinus maintenance regimen. Others turn to ResQRinse® as a proactive, preventative measure at the first sign of a cold or allergy attack; or to lessen the severity of symptoms at the onset of infection. During an active infection, many people practice nasal rinsing twice daily (morning and night), or even more frequently. We recommend talking with your healthcare provider to determine if nasal rinsing is the right option for you. https://youtu.be/yIAceYwmBMo
Can children use ResQRinse®?
Yes. Children are in fact a large user group of nasal rinse systems. Very young children may not tolerate the procedure (nasal rinsing should never be forced), however many children enjoy using ResQRinse® and consider it “way cool” and “fun.” As with any health care treatment for children, we recommend that you consult your pediatrician before using ResQRinse®.
Is ResQRinse® safe?
Natural saline nasal rinse systems, including ResQRinse®, are widely considered safe, when used with distilled or sterilized water. Under no circumstance should you use regular tap water with a nasal rinse system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some tap water may contain organisms that can lead to potentially serious infections. These organisms are safe to drink, as they are killed by stomach acid; however they can thrive in nasal passages and be easily carried into the sinus cavities.
Why can’t I use tap water with my ResQRinse®?Do not use tap water with the ResQRinse® device. With ResQRinse®, it is critical to use distilled or sterile water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some tap water may contain organisms that can lead to potentially serious infections. These organisms are safe to drink, as they are killed by stomach acid; however, they can thrive in nasal passages and pass easily through the mucous membranes in the sinus cavity. If water safety is in doubt, water should be boiled and then cooled to room temperature. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends using:
- Distilled or sterile water, which you can buy in stores. The label will state "distilled" or "sterile."
- Boiled and cooled tap water - boiled for 3 to 5 minutes, then cooled until it is lukewarm. Previously boiled water can be stored in a clean, closed container for use within 24 hours.
With ResQRinse®—as with any nasal rinsing system—it is critical to use distilled or sterile water (inexpensive and readily available at most grocery stores or pharmacies).See our video - ask Dr. Donna on Why Can't I Use Tap Water With My ResQRinse® Device?
How should I clean my ResQRinse® device?
Clean your ResQRinse® device with distilled or sterile water only, and let it air dry.
Is ResQRinse® latex free?
Yes. All plastics used in the manufacture of ResQRinse® are non-latex food grade specification.
Where can I learn more about the science behind nasal rinsing and its efficacy?Numerous studies have been conducted, and numerous articles written, about nasal rinsing. Here are a few:
- Efficacy of nasal irrigation in the treatment of acute sinusitis in atopic children. Conclusion: Nasal irrigation is an effective adjunctive treatment for acute sinusitis in atopic children. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S168411821200179X
- Efficacy of isotonic nasal wash (seawater) in the treatment and prevention of rhinitis in children. Conclusion: Children in the saline group showed faster resolution of some nasal symptoms during acute illness and less frequent reappearance of rhinitis subsequently. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18209140
- Nasal saline for chronic sinonasal symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Conclusion: Nasal irrigations performed with large volume and delivered with low positive pressure are more effective than saline sprays for treatment of chronic nasal and sinus symptoms in a community-based population. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025315
- A comparison of the efficacy of amoxicillin and nasal irrigation in treatment of acute sinusitis in children. Conclusion: High-dose amoxicillin with saline nasal irrigation relieved acute sinusitis symptoms faster and more often than saline nasal irrigation alone. However, antibiotic treatment for acute sinusitis confers only a small therapeutic benefit over nasal irrigation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25550702