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What is in a sinus rinse?

Alen N. Cohen, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
A sinus rinse contains an isotonic mixture of distilled water and salt. In this video, sinus surgeon Alen Cohen, MD, FACS, of West Hills Hospital, explains how a sinus rinse helps keep the nose and sinuses healthy and prevents infections.
Most sinus rinses consist of either sterile/distilled water or saline water. The main usage of sinus rinses is for rehydration of dry and adherent (sticky) mucus to aid in its removal when blowing your nose or to remove potential allergens, like pollen or dust, which can irritate the nasal passages.

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