If you suffer from any form of nasal congestion (hayfever, nasal symptoms from flu and colds, nasal irritation from pollen or dust mites), this simple, yet very effective, American product will help to clear the nasal congestion and improve breathing.
What I like about it:
1) Simple: an easy-squeeze bottle with a specially designed rounded top that allows deep flushing of the sinuses and nasal passages. You only need some warm, previously boiled (or distilled) water and the pre-mixed sachets (mainly sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate). The idea of nasal washes may sound uncomfortable or even painful but it is not. Watch this video to see how it works.
2) Completely drug free and safe to use during pregnancy (or daily).
3) Painless: it does not sting nor burn your nose.
4) Immediate relief: you can enjoy immediate relief after the first use and the results improve will regular use.
In the UK you can find it on Amazon. Price-wise you can buy the starter kit with 15 sachets for GBP 10, the kit with 60 sachets for GBP 14, and 150 sachets (without the rest of the kit) for GBP 16.
I have suffered from sinusitis since I was 15 and of all of the different products and solutions I tried, this is by far the best. I do not use any more nasal sprays and I noticed that by doing my nasal rinses with NeilMed Sinus Rinse as soon as I am getting a cold or a flu, the cold/flu lasts less long.
Things to be aware of:
1) It is available in isotonic, pediatric and hypertonic (extra-strong) concentrations but I have only used the isotonic ones that are easier to find in the UK.
2) Not to be used if you have an ear infection or blocked ears.
3) You should never use tap water to mix with the sachets but only previously boiled or distilled water.
4) Try to replace the bottle regularly (the company suggests to replace the bottle after 3 months of use).
5) Don’t use too much pressure as it may cause some fluid to drain into the ears through the Eustacian tube. If this happens the fluid in the ear should disappear within a short period of time.
6) It is recommended to do the nasal rinsing an hour before going out or going to bed. ‘Some solution can pool in the sinuses, especially if you have had sinus surgery. This normally drains out in the first 15 to 20 minutes after rinsing. Sometimes it does not drain until hours later when you bend over’.