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Is nasal saline irrigation effective for treating sinus infections?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine
Daily flushing of the sinuses with salty water (nasal saline irrigation) may improve symptoms somewhat in those with chronic sinus infections, but the analysis of all the studies done on this therapy for acute viral infections and the common cold show no difference between treatment and controls. That means subjecting yourself or your child to the discomfort of squirting water in the nose will not lessen complications or speed resolution of symptoms.
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