he advantages of irrigating includes:
- -Keeping the nose clean
- -Decreasing the bacteria count inside the nose and sinuses
- -Flushing out irritants out of the nose on a regular basis.
Sinus infections frequently occur when swelling from irritants, allergens, or viruses causes blockage of the opening of the sinuses, thus preventing proper aeration and drainage of the sinuses.
Once a sinus infection occurs, the irrigations can also serve to flush out the pus from inside the sinuses and keep the sinuses open. Typically, during an active sinus infection, I would recommend that the saline concentration of the irrigation be increased one and a half fold if the patient can tolerate it.
Salt itself has a property of preventing bacteria from growing (that’s why salted foods spoil slowly). During an acute sinus infection, rinsing the sinuses 2 to 3 times per day is effective.