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Clinical Review

Sinusitis and its management

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39092.679722.BE (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:358

Nasal Hygiene

Your nose accumulates mucus, dust, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. So
your
nose is an ideal environment for germs and sickness. It's important to
clean
your nose daily. The only effective way to clean your nose is nasal
irrigation.
Here's the technique: Buy a package of 3-ounce cups and a salt shaker with
a
snap lid. Put two or three small shakes of salt in the cup, fill the cup
with
warm water, and stir with your finger. Too much or too little salt in the
water
will burn your nose. Bend over the bathroom sink, put your nose in the
cup,
and sniff. Don't be afraid of drowning. If the water gets in your mouth,
you
can just spit it out. Then blow your nose forcefully several times. Make
sure
you get all the water out of your nose. You'll be amazed at what comes out
of
your nose, and at how much better you feel.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 February 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641