The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Review of nasal irrigation with recommendations

    sinusitisA review article in American Family Physician provides guidance for nasal saline irrigation.

    Current recommendations

    • Symptom of chronic rhinosinusitis (inflamed nasal cavity and sinuses)
      • Nasal irrigation is effective when combined with other treatments, having the highest levels of scientific support
    • Symptoms of irritant or allergic rhinitis, viral upper respiratory tract infection, and postoperative care after endoscopic sinus surgery
      • Limited evidence suggests nasal irrigation may be effective when combined with other treatments.
    • Mild to moderate rhinitis of pregnancy, acute rhinosinusitis, sinonasal sarcoidosis, and Wegener’s granulomatosis
      • Nasal irrigation has been recommended, but the supporting science is less than for the other conditions.

    The bottom line?

    Most of the research on nasal irrigation covers short-term treatment. A recently published study cautions against long-term use — 12-month — use.

    12/13/09 19:10 JR

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