38 million Americans battle chronic sinus infections, making it the most prevalent “adult disease” in the United States. From watery eyes and sinus pressure, to headaches and runny noses – Americans everywhere are searching for relief.
The most common treatment for sinus infections is a round of antibiotics, however these antibiotics may do more harm than good. Removing good bacteria from the nasal cavity, along with the bad bacteria they are designed to target, and causing a list of side effects including diarrhea and nausea, the search for a natural alternative has led sufferers to this new treatment.
The key to treating a sinus infection is creating a clean and clear airway. When your sinuses are inflamed, this both decreases air flow and produces excess mucous. Irrigating the sinuses works to rid these airways of excess oil, debris, drainage and bacteria.
New studies have found that using baby shampoo as part of an irrigation routine helps to loosen the oily build up that is found within the nasal cavity.
Baby Shampoo Nasal Irrigation
You Will Need:
- 3 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baby shampoo
- 1 cup lukewarm distilled water
- Plastic bag
- Bulb syringe
- Basin (optional)
- Create the saline solution. Mix 3 tsp of salt with 1 tsp of baking soda. This can be stored in a Ziploc bag for future use.
- Mix 1 tsp of the saline solution with ½ tsp of baby shampoo and 1 cup of lukewarm distilled water.
- With the bulb syringe, draw up the solution. Place your head over the basin or sink tilting your head downwards. Gently place the syringe halfway into each nostril, approximately 1 inch and squeeze the bulb syringe half-way. Note: You will notice solution coming out of the other nostril, this is normal!
- Blow your nose gently to remove any excess fluid.
If you feel the solution in your ears don’t panic, simply give it some time and it will resolve on its own. If you are using nasal medications, wait 30 minutes before and after using the irrigation to use the medications in the nostrils.
If you are experiencing any pain, irritation or bleeding discontinue use of the irrigation and contact a medical professional. As frequent sinus infections may have a number of underlying causes, it is recommended that you speak with your physician prior to starting this treatment to ensure that it is right for your condition.