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What is a sinus rinse?

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WebMD explains that a sinus rinse is also referred to as nasal irrigation, and it is a natural technique that flushes out the sinuses with a salt-water rinse. The water is inserted into one nostril with a bulb syringe or squeeze bottle and flushed out the other nostril.

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What is a sinus rinse?
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains that sinus rinses are also performed using neti pots, which are small teapot-shaped devices with long spouts that are rapidly growing in popularity as a natural treatment for allergies and sinus irritations. The FDA states that while neti pots are considered safe, it is important for users to avoid using tap water, due to the fact that unfiltered tap water contains low amounts bacterial organisms that can lead to serious sinus infections when individuals use the water as a sinus rinse.

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