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Saline irrigation to treat sinus infections

A study from the University of Nebraska reports that antibiotics are too frequently prescribed to treat sinus infections (acute or chronic rhinosinusitis).

That’s not new, but the mention of using a salt-water rinse as treatment is worth discussing.

In the account of the study, Dr. Donald Leopold states, “Patients demand antibiotics … and for doctors, it’s quicker to write a prescription than to explain how to rinse with salt water.”

Salt-water solution nasal washing facilitates nasal drainage and cleans the airway from any postnasal discharge. Supporting studies can be read here and here.

A video demonstrating the correct technique for using the neti pot is here. And has instructions for making the solution.3/21/07 19:09 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.