The NYT had a little blurb yesterday assessing whether or not nasal irrigation can help prevent sinus pressure and/or ease allergies. They basically end up by saying, yes, nasal irrigation should help those symptoms. I wish there was a chance to leave a comment, because boy do I have good things to say about my nasal rinse.
I have really bad sinuses, inherited from both of my parents. My life has been an endless series of sinus infections and colds — until I started using nasal rinse. Since I began using it once a day (NeilMed suggests twice-a-day for best results, but I’ve been find with the one) I haven’t gotten a cold or a sinus infection, even through the winter. A few times I thought I might be coming down with something, but nothing ever developed further than a slight scratch in my throat.
Now, that’s not to say I’m completely cured. I have a lot of mucus (TMI? sorry) and don’t blow my nose a lot. And I don’t believe I’ll never get a cold or a sinus infection again. But to have reduced the severity and frequency of illness so much is huge. Really, nasal irrigation has changed my life more definitively than any single factor I can think of.
Here’s to nasal rinse! And an extra cheers for Dr. Mehta!