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Nasal Irrigation For Personal Hygiene

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Dr. Ernest Levister, Jr.
Nasal irrigation, does it work for allergies? More research is needed. Nasal irrigation has been practiced in India for hundreds of years as part of traditional medicine and comes to America as a form of alternative medicine.

Warm water with a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda is flushed through the nose using a “Nettie Pot” or electronic irrigation system similar to systems used for dental hygiene.

The airways are lined by cilia a hair – shaped structure surrounded by a thin fluid film of mucus that traps, collects and dumps foreign particles, bacteria, virus and other debris out. Yes by sneezing and coughing.

The body’s response to these invaders is inflammation, which results in that yellow thick protein rich mucus you are all too familiar with. Saline irrigation helps to remove the debris to include encrusted material and moisturizes the nasal cavity.

The moisture puts spark in the cilia and they work better. In many instances nasal irrigation decreases visits to the doctor, dependency on antihistamines, steroids and antibiotics. An ounce of self-irrigation cuts the cost of medical care and you feel better. If you have questions ask your doctor.

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