Nasal Irrigation Devices


Nasal Irrigation Devices are tools designed to flush out excess mucus from your nose and sinuses. Nasal Irrigation Tools aim at temporarily clearing symptoms such as headaches, coughs, facial pain, and nasal congestion. It is a popular nasal relief tool used by people with chronic sinus infections. It is also a great remedy for people who experience allergies to provide instant relief. The Devices use a mixture of water and saline solution that help immediately clear congestion. Another alternative to using saline solution is using salt water. The mixture loosens and thins the build-up of mucus inside your nasal passageway and pushes it out through your nose or down your throat with pressure. These Nasal Irrigation Devices can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy. Now that we have an understanding of what a Nasal Irrigation Device does, let’s discuss the various types.

There are several types of Nasal Irrigation Devices available. The differences between all the Devices vary from the control of the spray and pressure to the preference of the user. We will now discuss a couple of Nasal Irrigation Devices and what makes them all unique:

  • 1. Bulb Syringe – This device is like a suction cup. It is designed to extract the mucus with a syringe end and a “bulb” top in which you squeeze. When you squeeze the bulb it provides the device enough pressure to pull out the mucus in your nose. Another method of using this device would be to add the salt and water and fill the bulb syringe with it. Then, squeeze the mixture through your nasal passageway, pushing the mucus out. The device is mostly used with infants or children but can be used on adults as well. 
  • 2. Squeeze Bottle – This device is a premixed solution in which you add water and manually control the pressure of the solution going into you nose by squeezing the bottle. These are very popular devices because of the convenience and being able to control the pressure. This method will normally push your mucus to the back of your throat. They are easy to use and effective. 
  • 3. Neti Pot – This device comes in a pot shaped form in which you tilt your head and pour the solution into your nose. In this method the premixed solution will flow through your sinuses and come out through your other nostril. This device is designed to flow naturally through your sinuses pushing the excess mucus out. All the control and pressure is relied on how your pour the solution. 
  • 4. Pulsating Nasal Irrigator – This device is designed to provide automatic control of the pressure of solution to your nose. There are typically two parts to this device. One is the part that holds the solution and the other is a battery-operated pump with a nozzle attached to it. It will push the saline solution through the nozzle and flush out your sinuses. It is mechanically controlled pressure which some people find easier to use and more convenient. 
  • 5. Other Advanced Systems – There are other more advanced systems out there that use the same concept as the pulsating Nasal Irrigator. The difference with other advanced systems will vary from having controls and switches to regulate the pressure and different model designs. You can find them battery-operated or with a plug for more power. Some are more portable and others are stationary.
In conclusion, Nasal Irrigations Devices are tools to help the body get rid of excess mucus and infectious build-ups in your nose. These Devices is an effective way to manage and provide immediate relief of sinus symptoms. Doctors may sometime recommend these devices to compliment other treatments for your illness. Keep in mind, that these devices are designed to proved temporary relief and are not a permanent solution to you illness. We always recommend consulting a doctor or specialist of your symptoms does not improve or keep reoccurring. In some cases, sinus surgery is required to correct the issue permanently. It is important to find out what is the cause of the excess build-up to be able to determine what solution is best for you. 

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Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon