Relief from Seasonal Allergy Using Nasal Irrigation

Every spring and fall, tens of thousands of people suffer from allergic rhinitis caused by pollens in the air. People refer to this as “hayfever”, “rose fever” and “seasonal allergy”.

Allergy - Boy sneezing because of allergiesIn the spring trees are the major culprit. In the fall the ragweeds cause the most problems. No matter the source, the result is the same. Itchy, watery eyes and nasal drip and congestion. Constant sneezing and a runny nose round out the list of symptoms that have people feeling miserable.

People have been saying for years that rinsing the nasal passages and sinus area would remove pollens and bring relief. There has been a recent surge in interest in neti pots and sinus irrigating devices.

The University of California’s School of Medicine in San Diego California set out to see if nasal irrigation really worked. They studied 211 people who were diagnosed with seasonal allergies and 20 people who were symptom free as a control.

Each group irrigated their nasal cavities using hypertonic saline solution twice a day for 3 to 6 weeks. The participants rated their symptoms and completed questionnaire before starting the irrigation regimen and at the end. The people who had been diagnosed with nasal disease before the trial showed significant improvement in 23 of the 30 symptoms included on the questionnaire.

The University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health also looked at nasal irrigation. They studied patients who were already using nasal irrigation for chronic sinus symptoms to determine if these patients experienced any associated relief with their allergies or asthma. They performed an in-depth review of 28 participants in a prior nasal irrigation study. The patients were receiving daily nasal irrigation. They found that 12 of 21 subjects with had improved symptoms, 2 of 7 patients with asthma had improvement and 1 of 2 subjects with nasal polyposis reported a positive association between nasal irrigation and asthma or nasal polyposis symptoms.

Neti pots look a little bit like Aladdin’s lamp or an elongated tea pot. They work on the force of gravity to send a stream of warm saline solution into one nostril and out the other. This is best done with your head over the sink or bathtub!

The problem with neti pots is that they are limited by the force of gravity. Also, it is very difficult to create a pulsing action with a neti pot. A neti pot delivers more of a steady stream. A pulsing action is more effective for removing pollens and that is the aim with irrigation for seasonal rhinitis.

Health Solutions Medical has created an nasal irrigation system capable of delivering both a gentle pulsating mist spray for soothing moisturizing relief and a more thorough cleansing pulsating rinse to clear the sinuses of pollens and other debris.

The SinuPulse Elite® Advanced Nasal Sinus Irrigation System is a natural, drug free way to relieve your allergy and sinus symptoms caused by sinus infections, allergies and the common cold. Because you are not at the mercy of gravity, the user has control over the force and flow of the water, resulting in a much more effective removal of pollen.

We all know it is not practical to stay inside constantly during seasonal allergy season, it's just too nice outside during the fall months. If you go outside or if your doors or windows are open, you are going to be exposed to the allergy-causing pollens. After pollen exposure, take a shower and wash your hair to remove the pollens that are on the outside of your body. Then perform nasal irrigation to get rid of the pollens that have adhered to the inside of your nasal and sinus passages. Studies show it works.

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Wishing you the best of health

1. Laryngoscope. 2000 Jul;110(7):1189-93. Clinical study and literature review of nasal irrigation. Tomooka LT, Murphy C, Davidson TM. School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, USA.

. WMJ. 2008 Apr;107(2):69-75. Nasal irrigation for chronic sinus symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and nasal polyposis: a hypothesis generating study. Rabago D, Guerard E, Bukstein D. Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis, USA.

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