Frequent Nasal Saline Irrigation May Lead to More Sinus Infections

From MedPage Today:

"Contrary to popular belief, irrigating the nose every day with the help of a Neti pot may actually make patients more susceptible to sinus infections. Those who stopped using the nasal saline wash on a regular basis had a 62% decrease in the frequency of acute rhinosinusitis, Talal M. Nsouli, MD and colleagues reported at the 2009 American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology meeting.

"I don't have anything against short-term nasal saline irrigation -- even aggressive nasal saline irrigation for three, four days or one week is totally fine," Nsouli said. "But when we are doing it on a daily basis, we are modifying the immunological biochemistry of the nose."

Video discussion: "Nasal Saline Blown Out of Proportion":


ACAAI: Frequent Nose Irrigation May Lead to More Sinus Infections. Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today.
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Neti Pot, Nasal Irrigation - Pros and Cons and Slideshow. WebMD, 2011.
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