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Saltwater washes (saline lavage or irrigation) help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses. This can help prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip. It also can make the nose feel more comfortable by keeping the mucous membranes moist.
You can buy saline nose drops at a pharmacy, or you can make your own saline solution:
You can store homemade saline solution at room temperature for 3 days.
To use homemade saline solution as a nasal wash:
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Current as of: February 21, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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