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I have suffered from Sinus problems (Sinusitis, Allergies, Post Nasal Drip, Congestion) for years and have tried many over the counter and prescription medications and even surgery and I am still suffering. How is it possible that washing your nose with SinuCleanse® can help me where all these other medications and procedures have not?

The nasal wash has been used for centuries but has only recently been rediscovered by modern science as an effective way to treat a wide range of sinus problems. Most sinus problems are caused by thickened mucus in the nose and sinuses. The reason the mucus becomes thick varies, but some common causes are cold, flu, allergies, pollution or dry air.


Once the mucus becomes thick, it can pool in the sinuses or in the nose, leading to the familiar congestion, drainage, headache, cough, and post-nasal drip. Mucus that remains stagnant provides fertile ground for infection with bacteria. Some drugs used to treat the symptoms of sinus problems unfortunately have the side effect of causing the mucus to become even thicker.


Nasal washes are the only way that thick mucus can be washed out of the nose. Rather than treating the symptoms of sinus disease, nasal washes actually treat the root problem- thickened mucus. As an added benefit for allergy sufferers, nasal washes have also been shown to rinse pollen, dander, and other allergens out of the nose and sinuses and reduce allergy symptoms.


Many SinuCleanse® users are amazed that a simple, drug free, and inexpensive treatment works when so many other things they have tried have failed.

We recommend only SinuCleanse Saline Packets. The SinuCleanse packets are Pharmaceutical grade and made in the USA in an FDA registered facility.
We recommend only SinuCleanse Saline Packets. The SinuCleanse packets are Pharmaceutical grade and made in the USA in an FDA registered facility.

The sense of smell involves transmission through the two olfactory nerves, which lie along the bottom of the front part of the brain. Fine olfactory nerve endings penetrate through tiny openings in the skull base into the upper recesses of the nose. Odors in the air must contact this area of the nose for us to appreciate their smell.

Sinus infections, nasal allergies, or anything else that causes nasal obstruction or swelling of the lining of the nose can temporarily impair the sense of smell. When the nasal lining is swollen, air does not contact the olfactory area of the nose, so smells in the air cannot be detected.

What we call our sense of taste is very dependent on the sense of smell. The actual taste buds in the mouth and their nerve connections to the brain are not affected by sinus infections. Even with no sense of smell, we can distinguish the basic tastes of sweet, salt, bitter, and sour on our tongues. Flavor, however, is a combination of the taste, smell and texture of food. While we eat, the fragrance of the food in the mouth travels up to the olfactory area of the nose. People who have a sinus infection often complain of poor sense of taste as well as smell because the experience of “flavor” is changed while the sense of smell is blunted. Usually, once the sinus infection has cleared and the congestion or obstruction in the nose has resolved, normal smell (and therefore “taste”) returns.

It is also possible, although much more rare, to the damage the fine olfactory nerve endings as they pass through the skull base into the nose. Generally this is caused by the trauma to the face, head or nose area, and the nerves are literally sheared apart. This form of loss of smell, as well as the associated change in the appreciation for flavors, is permanent.

Since SinuCleanse® is all-natural it can be used as often as you like. People treating an active sinus problem or allergies often use SinuCleanse® twice per day, once in the morning and once before bed. If the problem or allergies are particularly bad they sometimes use it once or twice more during the day in addition to the morning and bedtime use.

Some people also use SinuCleanse® every day to help prevent infections or when cold and sinus symptoms begin.
Since SinuCleanse® is all-natural it can be used as often as you like. People treating an active sinus problem or allergies often use SinuCleanse® twice per day, once in the morning and once before bed. If the problem or allergies are particularly bad they sometimes use it once or twice more during the day in addition to the morning and bedtime use.

Some people also use SinuCleanse® every day to help prevent infections or when cold and sinus symptoms begin.
Yes, SinuCleanse works well all by itself or with other medications. Because it is drug free SinuCleanse® will not cause any dangerous drug interactions and in fact helps many other medications work more effectively. Below are some common medications and how they work together with SinuCleanse.

Antibiotics

The lining of the sinuses normally produces about one quart of mucus every day. This mucus is thin and watery when the nose is healthy. The mucus drains out of the sinuses into the nose and from there runs down the back of the throat. Here it mixes with saliva and is swallowed. People with healthy noses and sinuses do not sense that they are swallowing a quart of nasal drainage every day.

If the mucus becomes thick, however, things change. The mucus can become trapped in the sinuses because it is too thick to drain through the small openings between the nose and sinuses. Mucus that cannot drain efficiently will stagnate and can become infected with bacteria. Persistent symptoms including headache, facial pain, toothache, nasal drainage, congestion and post-nasal drip with cough may indicate a bacterial sinus infection.

Antibiotics are medications that fight bacterial infections. They can be lifesaving and revolutionized the practice of medicine when they were discovered in the early part of the 20th century. They are available only by prescription in the United States. Antibiotic overuse can and has led to the development of “resistant organisms,” bacteria germs which antibiotics once killed but that have now developed defenses allowing them to live and flourish even when exposed to antibiotics.
Respiratory infections, including those involving the nose and sinuses, are a frequent diagnosis leading to prescriptions for antibiotics. Millions of prescriptions are written every year for respiratory infections in the United States. Sometimes the antibiotics are really needed, but other times the infections may be a viral infection, which will not be affected by antibiotic use.

True sinus infections begin when there is a blockage in the nose that leads to mucus backup into the sinuses and stagnation. This initial blockage may be the result of allergies, the common cold (a viral infection), or even airborne irritants breathed into the nose (smoke, soot, chemicals, etc.) The most effective way to prevent a sinus infection is to treat this nasal blockage, and to keep the sinus drainage thin by using SinuCleanse® nasal wash. Antibiotic treatment alone, without also addressing the obstruction present in the nose, is doomed to fail as the obstruction / infection cycle repeats itself. Many people with acute or long-standing sinus and nasal symptoms are able to avoid the need for antibiotic prescriptions by using SinuCleanse® when symptoms begin, keeping their secretions thin and flowing.

Nasal Steroids

There are small openings, called “ostia,” that connect the sinuses to the inside of the nose. Sinus drainage that is normally produced by the sinus lining must pass through these ostia into the nose. The secretions then drain down the back of the nose, mix with the saliva in the mouth, and are swallowed.

Blockage of the ostia results in build up of secretions in the sinuses. If the secretions cannot drain, they become stagnant and can get infected

To keep the sinuses healthy, it is important to keep the ostia open. Nasal decongestants are designed to shrink the lining of the nose, thereby opening the sinus ostia. Nasal steroid sprays are one form of nasal decongestant. These sprays shrink the lining of the nose when used regularly.

SinuCleanse® nasal wash makes the sinus secretions thinner. Thinner secretions are able to pass through the small sinus ostia more easily than thick, sticky secretions. If your health care provider has recommended nasal steroid sprays to treat your sinus and nasal symptoms, we recommend that you use SinuCleanse before you use your prescription nasal spray. This will remove crusts and thick mucus from your nose, allowing the steroid spray to better contact the nasal lining and potentially work better.

Some people are able to discontinue prescription medications after regular use of SinuCleanse®. You should, of course, discuss any change in prescription medication use with your health care provider.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are medications used for treatment of allergies. Antihistamines are available either over the counter or by prescription in the United States.

Millions of adults and children suffer from nasal allergies and the number seems to be growing. Symptoms may either be seasonal (for instance, grass allergy) or may last year-round (dust mite allergy). Inflammatory cells within the nose of allergy sufferers release chemicals when they nasal lining comes in contact with an allergen (the substance the individual is allergic to). These released chemicals are responsible for allergy symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.

Antihistamine medications work by keeping the cells from releasing these chemicals, so they are a great choice for allergy sufferers. However, a side effect of all antihistamine medications is thickening of mucus. Mucus that is thick cannot efficiently drain through the small openings between the sinuses and the nose. These thick secretions can become trapped and build up in the sinuses. Secretions that do not drain will become infected. Antihistamines, then, can be both a help and a hindrance.

People who truly have nasal allergies should use antihistamines to treat their allergy symptoms. If they also have frequent sinus infections, using SinuCleanse® nasal wash will help keep the nasal mucus thin and flowing and decrease symptoms related to mucus stagnation in the sinuses. Studies have also shown that regular use of a nasal wash decreases the amount of allergen in the nose and decreases the amount of released inflammatory chemicals in allergy sufferers. Regular use of SinuCleanse® during an individual’s allergy season may be able to control symptoms enough that other medication use can be decreased or even discontinued.

You should, of course, discuss any change in prescription medication use with your health care provider.
People who do not have allergies should not use antihistamines for their sinus and nasal symptoms. The mucus-thickening side effects can actually worsen the overall health of the nose and sinuses.
Most people find using SinuCleanse to be comfortable and soothing. If you are experiencing any pain or burning when using SinuCleanse® please try the following:

1. Water temperature. If the water temperature is too warm or too cold the nasal wash will be uncomfortable. Adjust the water temperature so it is lukewarm, and try again. Solution entering the upper nostril should feel the same temperature as the body.

2. If stinging or burning or irritation occurs and the temperature of the solution is lukewarm make sure the ingredients are completely mixed up by thoroughly stirring the solution. Any un-dissolved ingredients from the packets will be uncomfortable in the nose.

3. If the temperature of the solution is lukewarm and the solution is thoroughly mixed and you are still experience any burning or discomfort, reduce the strength of the solution by one-half (1/2 packet of dry ingredients per pot) and gradually work up to using the solution at full strength.

4. If the solution is lukewarm and thoroughly mixed half strength and you are still experiencing any discomfort discontinue use of SinuCleanse® and return for a full refund.
When doing a nasal wash, the solution flows throughout the nooks and crevices of the nasal and sinus cavities. Most of the solution drains out or is blown out of the nose immediately after the wash. Sometimes, however, some of the saline solution remains in the nose. This may drain out, generally quite suddenly, up to several hours after the nasal wash is done. It feels very warm, tastes salty, and generally just comes out of one nostril. This experience often follows a change in head position, such as leaning forward or tilting the head.

This is a normal occurrence after using a nasal wash and no cause for concern. Some people who frequently experience this drainage find it more convenient to wash their nose at bedtime rather than in the morning.
When the saline solution will not pass from one nostril to the other the usual problem is blockage in the nose. Most commonly, this is due to a deviated septum. The septum is the divider between the two nostrils. If this is crooked, it will narrow the nasal passage on one or both sides.

Another possible reason is swelling in the lining of the nose. This can be temporarily reversed with various over-the-counter nasal sprays containing oxymetazoline. An example is Afrin™, although the generic versions work as well.

We recommend trying to spray your nose with one of these decongesting sprays, wait approximately 10 minutes, and then again try the SinuCleanse® wash. If the solution still does not go through, there is an obstruction in your nose, most likely from a deviated septum but possibly something else. The only way to be certain would be a visit to your health care provider for a nasal examination.

If SinuCleanse® solution does go through after using the decongesting spray, continue to use SinuCleanse® regularly to keep the nasal lining healthy. The over-the-counter sprays are clearly labeled to only be safe for use for 3 days… they are very hard on the nasal lining and should NOT be used every day. There are prescription nasal sprays that are safe for daily use that may help you if the SinuCleanse® does not solve the problem completely.
There is a small muscular tube, called the Eustachian tube, which connects the air-filled space behind the eardrum (the middle ear) to the back of the nose. There is one Eustachian tube to the right ear and another to the left ear. The Eustachian tubes generally open several times an hour, particularly during swallowing. This equalizes the pressure between the middle ears and the outside environment. Most people can also “force” the Eustachian tubes to open and equalize pressure (for instance, during an airplane flight or when diving underwater) by plugging the nose and blowing pressure to “pop” the ears.

During the SinuCleanse® nasal wash, saline solution runs through the back of the nose and often directly over the nasal opening of the Eustachian tubes. When blowing the nose to remove the SinuCleanse solution and mucus from the nasal passages, some of the solution may be forced into the Eustachian tube opening. Particularly with forceful blowing, this can cause a painful stinging sensation in one or both ears. This is generally short-lived. Rarely, individuals have more persistent feelings of ear fullness, pressure and “popping” after using SinuCleanse®. Again, this is related to the Eustachian tube and how frequently it opens.

Using SinuCleanse® is not harmful to your ears, and having saline solution in your Eustachian tubes is not dangerous. By clearing up the nose, in fact, ear symptoms may improve. However, if you experience ear discomfort when using SinuCleanse®, try to blow your nose more gently after the wash. If the problem persists, the openings of your Eustachian tubes may be particularly wide and SinuCleanse® use may need to be discontinued.
The nose and sinuses produce about a quart of mucus every day. Normally this is thin and watery. It drains out of the sinuses into the nose, and then runs down the back of the throat where it mixes with saliva and is swallowed.

When mucus is healthy and thin, we don’t sense that quart of mucus draining down the back of our throats. However, if the mucus becomes thick, the sensation of “post-nasal drainage” occurs. Instead of flowing easily, the thick sticky mucus remains in the back of the nose and throat, where it may causes discomfort, congestion, cough (particularly when lying down) and bad breath.

Using SinuCleanse® thins the mucus in the nose and sinuses, which keeps the mucus flowing easily through its usual pathway out of the sinuses, into the nose, and down the throat. This relieves the sensation of post-nasal drainage in many people
Insert the Dry Salt Inhaler inhaler into your mouth and breathe in through your mouth. You do not need to inhale more deeply than during normal breathing. Always exhale through the nose, as this ensures that the complete respiratory tract is thoroughly cleansed. The one way airflow safety valve in the inhaler will prevent you from breathing out into the inhaler. You may experience increased expectoration after use of the inhaler, which shows that the inhaler and the salt therapy work and the cleansing of your respiratory tract has begun. The inhaler should be used for 15 – 20 minutes daily, either all at once or in shorter sessions throughout the day.
INHALO Dry Salt Inhaler into a nostril and breathe in through your nose. You do not need to inhale more deeply than during normal breathing. Exhale through your mouth to ensure that your entire respiratory tract is thoroughly cleansed. The one way airflow safety valve in the inhaler will prevent you from breathing out into the inhaler. You may experience increased expectoration after use of the inhaler, which shows that the inhaler and the salt therapy work and the cleansing of your respiratory tract has begun. The inhaler should be used for 15 – 20 minutes daily, either all at once or in shorter sessions throughout the day.
Yes, we recommend you replace the salt cartridge in your dry salt inhaler every 90 days for best results. Universal refill cartridges are sold separately and fit both the nasal and bronchial dry salt inhalers.
Natural selected halite rock salt crystals from the famous European Praid Salt Mine.
The one way airflow safety valve is a unique feature of the Dry Salt Inhaler. The safety valve performs two crucial functions. The first is to prevent the user from exhaling the air back into the salt chamber. This ensures long term quality and integrity of the salt, which could otherwise be affected by the warm moisture of the exhaled air coming from the user’s mouth and lungs. The second function of the safety valve is to help to train the user to exhale through the mouth if they are using the nasal inhaler or through the nose if he/she is using the bronchial inhaler; this is essential to the optimum effect of the salt therapy on the respiratory tract.
No. The one way airflow safety valve stop only the accidentally exhaled air from passing through the inhaler.
When using salt therapy in chronic respiratory diseases, the positive results will become apparent in 7 to 21 days after the start of the treatment.
The INHALO Dry Salt Inhaler can be used alongside any current medication. Please remember that the Dry-Salt-Inhaler is not intended to replace your current medication, diagnose or cure any conditions. Please consult a doctor if you are concerned about the use of INHALO in relation to your health condition.
Yes, the INHALO Dry Salt Inhaler is not a drug and has no side effects.
We recommend that the device is not used on children younger than age of 5 because they may not be able to follow the breathing instruction.
No, the amount of sodium that enters the body is negligible and will not affect blood pressure. The inhaler exerts only localized effects on the respiratory tract and has no systemic effects. Inhaled aerosolized salt microparticles are subsequently expelled through exhalation.
It is important not to store your inhaler in humid places, such as bathrooms. It should not be exposed to water or other liquids. Always store the INHALO Dry Salt Inhaler in a dry place and clean it with lightly dampened cloth.
The SinuCleanse® System is an all-natural nasal wash system that I developed in 1997. It is medically proven to provide the most effective relief, giving your patients an alternative to pills and sprays and their side effects. It can also enhance the effectiveness of your patients’ prescription sinus remedies and has been proven to provide long-term improvement in sinus health.

The SinuCleanse® System is available as both a Neti Pot, a Squeeze® bottle and an ultra-fine mister. You and your patients can choose whichever system is best for them.
I saw a huge need for it. More than 70-million Americans suffer from sinus problems and allergies including many of my patients. Before the SinuCleanse® System, there wasn’t a truly effective remedy short of nasal surgery. My patients tried antibiotics, prescription drugs and over-the-counter products but they all offered weak, short-term relief and unwanted side effects. I wanted to give my patients something that would really work.
Nasal washing is an all-natural way to irrigate nasal passages and help control sinus and nasal symptoms over time. The nose is the usual entry point for allergens – whether dust, pollen or pet dander. By washing the nose, allergens are flushed out, so the body’s overall allergic response is blunted. An excellent strategy for allergy sufferers is to wash their nose every day during their allergy season, and increase that frequency right after a specific exposure (for instance, if a patient is allergic to grass, wash the nose right after mowing the lawn).

Additionally, regular use of saline nasal washes during the allergy season has been shown to decrease the amount of allergens in the nose and reduce the amount of IgE (a protein the body makes in response to allergens) in the bloodstream of both children and adults with nasal allergies.
Yes, recent studies have proven that the SinuCleanse® System provides the most effective relief from all sinus problems. These studies have been published in journals around the world including the Journal of Family Practice and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. A full listing of the journals in which our studies appeared can be found at www.sinucleanse.com.
Unlike nasal sprays that just moisturize or “mist” the nose and provide only temporary relief, the all-natural SinuCleanse® System treats the root cause of sinus problems and prevents them from returning. I invented the nasal wash category and offer a Neti Pot and an exclusive patented design anti-blackflow Squeeze® bottle that is designed for superior ease of use and comfort. I also developed an ultra-fine mister to provide gentle and soothing relief for children.
The SinuCleanse® System is receiving national and international attention because it is simple, drug-free, doctor-developed, medically-proven and it works instantly. It is gentle and safe, appeals to all ages and is becoming a very common daily ritual to relieve congestion and sinus symptoms.
The SinuCleanse® System is available in stores everywhere and online. To find a retail location, check our website www.sinucleanse.com.


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