Nasal irrigation can potentially be the most therapeutic measure in completely eliminating a sinus infection. It can help quickly and dramatically. I’ve heard from people who have had an infection for months, and within two days of beginning irrigation, the infection was gone and did not return, even if irrigation was not continued beyond a few days.
If the problem is chronic sinusitis, the mucous membranes may have been inflamed and irritated for years, with the cilia badly damaged. In this case, daily irrigation is an essential part of the Sinus Survival Program for healing the membranes and preventing further infection. The bathing of the membranes with salt water keeps them moist and eliminates pollutants and particles usually removed by the cilia. While irrigation in this instance helps temporarily (just while you’re doing it), it also has the long-term benefit of helping the membranes return to normal.
We recommend a pulsating device, the Sinupulse Elite.
In severe cases of chronic sinusitis where biofilm (a layer of thick mucus) is evident, pulsatile lavage is highly effective at breaking down biofilm. The recent recognition of biofilm has helped to explain one of the key contributing factors to the difficulty of successfully treating chronic sinusitis and severe nasal allergy.