Routine Sinus Rinses May Not Be a Good Idea

Normal Saline DropsRinsing sinuses with a saline solution tends to have soothing short-term benefits, removes the bad mucus, and helps treat sinus infections. But a recent study found that chronic rinsing with saline can actually make a person more likely to get infections in the long run by stripping the nose of good mucus needed for immune protection. 

The researcher’s advice is to avoid using nasal saline irrigation on a long-term basis, limiting its use only to when an infection is present. This study is to be presented Sunday in Miami Beach at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Source: “Sinus Rinses May Do More Harm Than Good” Health Day, Yahoo News, November 9, 2009

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