What are the benefits of using a saline nose spray?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Consider using a sterile saline nose spray two to three times each day to wash the nasal passages. Many people find that with seasonal allergies their nasal passages are clogged or drippy. And as the winter air becomes more dry and offices and homes turn on central heating, the nasal passages become dry and cracked. Many people have allergies to dusts and molds that come on in the fall and winter. Using a nasal wash helps to keep the nose moist and washes away irritants.

Continue Learning about Rhinitis


The are two kinds of rhinitis (pronounced rye-NITIS): allergic and non-allergic. In allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) your nose starts to run and your eyes itch because you are breathing something you are allergic to - -su...

uch as pollens, smoke or even perfumes. An allergist can help determine what you are allergic to and to determine if allergy shots might help. Some people have non-allergic rhinitis (not caused by allergies) that can last all year. The symptoms are a runny nose, nasal inflammation and stuffiness. Causes of this kind of rhinitis can be pollution, smoke or can be a side effect of medicines. There are effective ways to control non-allergic rhinitis including nasal sprays and decongestants; however, it's always safe to check with a doctor or pharmacist before beginning any medication. The right diagnosis is critical to controlling and treating your rhinitis.

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