How do nasal washes & sinus irrigation treat sinus congestion?

Nasal washes and sinus irrigations use salt water to physically clean out your nasal cavity. The procedure involves leaning your head to the side and pouring a salt water solution into one nostril, letting it flow out the other. This process helps to dislodge and flush out mucus and other congesting materials in the sinuses, clearing congestion caused by colds, allergies or other causes.

Continue Learning about Sinusitis


If you are affected by sinusitis, you probably know where your sinuses are, lying in the bones around the nose. Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed, sometimes after you come down with a virus or bacterial infection. ...

You might have sinusitis if you develop a fever, cough, nasal congestion, or postnasal drip at the same time. Sometimes sinusitis can make your head hurt, or make your sinuses feel sore. Some people with sinusitis also have problems with allergies. Talk to your doctor about treatment for sinusitis. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help you with your symptoms.

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