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NeilMed's Sinus Rinse

Medication-Free Sinus Irrigation System

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Updated November 30, 2011

NeilMed's Sinus Rinse

NeilMed Sinus Rinse can help rinse mucus and irritants out of your nasal passages.

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NeilMed Sinus Rinse is a nasal irrigation system that helps to rinse the sinuses, clearing out mucus and irritants.

It can cut down on nasal congestion caused by the common cold, the flu, allergies, and upper respiratory infections.

How It Works

NeilMed Sinus Rinse contains a squeezable plastic bottle that holds 8 ounces of water, a cap that screws on, and a tube that extends from the cap into the solution in the bottle. The process is very simple; you only need to squeeze the bottle gently while holding the open end of the cap in one nostril.

Squeeze half of the solution in one nostril, then the remaining solution will be rinsed through the other nostril.

After using the nasal rinse, your sinuses should be cleared out, making it easier for you to breathe and reducing the amount of mucus in your head.

Directions

NeilMed Sinus Rinse is very easy to use. Most kits include a plastic bottle that holds 8 ounces of water and premixed saline solution packets.

To use the sinus rinse:

  1. Fill the bottle with 8 oz of lukewarm water - preferably distilled, filtered or previously boiled.
  2. Open one of the premixed solution packets and pour it into the bottle with the water.
  3. Gently shake or swirl the bottle until the solution is completely dissolved.
  4. Hold your head over a sink or use in the shower.
  5. Place the opening of the bottle in one nostril and squeeze gently until the solution flows out of the other nostril.
  6. Continue squeezing until half of the solution has run through your sinuses.
  7. Switch nostrils and rinse with the remaining solution.

Who Can Use NeilMed Sinus Rinse?

This sinus rinse contains no medication. The premixed packets create a saline solution (basically a mild salt water), which is safe for anyone to use.

The product is safe for use in children, but the child should be old enough to understand what will happen when he uses it and perform the rinse himself.

Anyone who uses this product needs to be able to understand how to use it properly.

Warnings

You should not use NeilMed Sinus Rinse if:

  • Your nasal passages are completely blocked.
  • You have an ear infections.
  • Your ears are completely blocked with mucus.
  • You are unable to lean forward to allow the solution to run out of your nostrils.

What I Think

NeilMed Sinus Rinse performs the same action as a neti pot (in fact, their premixed packets can be used with their neti pot as well) but in my opinion, it is easier to use and less intimidating than a neti pot. My seven-year-old son has been able to use this product without any difficulty and it has been incredibly helpful. It has reduced the amount of congestion he has been dealing with. Because he uses it every day, it has helped keep his nasal passages moist and he has been able to breathe more easily, especially when he sleeps.

According to the manufacturer, the sinus rinse can be used for:

  • Nasal Dryness
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Cold and Flu Sinus Symptoms
  • Nasal Irritation from Dust, Fumes, Animal Dander, Grass, Pollen, Smoke and Environmental Pollutants
  • Post Nasal Drip

I am a big fan of saline rinses. They are effective, have no side effects, and use no medications. They clean out the sinuses and help most people breathe more easily. I have been very happy with this product so far and plan to get more for the rest of my family members. The bottles should not be shared between family members and should be washed and dried thoroughly between uses.

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