The Safety of Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation is very safe with only a few, rare and minor side effects. Many of them are only associated with the use of hypertonic saline solutions. The side effects include:

  • Nasal irritation
  • Watering eyes
  • Headache
  • Nosebleeds
  • Post nasal drip

In general, nasal irrigation is well tolerated and these side effects, when encountered, are not usually sufficiently bothersome to stop therapy. The best compromise between the health benefits and the side effect is to reduce the salinity and/or the frequency of use.

Nasal irrigation has been used to treat sinus and nasal conditions for many years and is routinely recommended by ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialists and routinely prescribed after endoscopic sinus surgery. It is also recommended to patients with cystic fibrosis, in order to restore the sinus and nasal mucosa to a normal state.

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