How to Treat Yourself Via a Sinus Wash
The directions are simple. First you should place the recommended mixture of ingredients (see Sinus Wash for those three ingredients) in a reusable sinus rinse bottle or draw up into a nasal bulb syringe. Some sinus sufferers use commercially made bottles from purchased sinus wash kits. The most convenient way to perform a sinus rinse is in the shower. However, many people prefer to perform the rinse over a sink.
Your head should be tilted down, and the bulb syringe or the rinse bottle placed into one nostril. The bottle or syringe is squeezed with moderate force with your mouth open. This is so that the saline water can go through the nasal passages and out through the mouth. Very important: Do not do this with a lot of pressure on the first treatment. This is because it can make you gag or hurt your ears. Remember to squeeze gently and have the water come back out through the nose.
Initial users may be surprised to notice that mucus comes out of the nose or the mouth with the saline water. It is necessary to keep rinsing one side of the nose until the water comes out clear. Then, the same process should be repeated for the other nostril.
How often should you perform saline irrigation? You may need to sinus wash on a daily (or multiple times per day) basis. This is especially so for people with severe symptoms. Then, it can be done less often as symptoms improve.
After rinsing, it is recommended to wait 30 to 60 minutes for sinus patients prior to placing any prescription nasal sprays into the nose. This is because using nasal sprays prior to this time may make them ineffective. This is due to the saline continuing to drain for a period of time after the rinses are performed. Also, physicians recommend that sinus washers should not perform sinus rinses within at least 60 minutes prior to going to bed. Similar to the use of prescription sprays, the saline will drain down the back of the throat, and could cause a cough.