Nasal Wash Guide: How to Clean the Nasal Passages

Nasal Wash Guide Infographic

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Summary: Nasal Wash Guide

A nasal wash is a way to clean the nasal passages and sinus cavities.  It's a simple procedure that most people, even children, can do easily.


Benefits of a Nasal Wash

  • Reduces allergies by removing allergenic particles
  • Removes bacteria and viruses to decrease infections
  • Removes mucus so nasal medications work better
  • Reduces nasal swelling and increases airflow
  • Reduces dryness and irritation


When to Clean your Nasal Passages

  • During the allergy season the pollen from trees, grasses and weeds is heavy in the air.
  • Year-round to prevent infections.  Bacteria and viruses thrive in warm and moist environments, the nose being one of them.  Wash away those germs so they don't have a place to call home.
  • At least one hour before bed.  This can help you breathe better and more deeply.


How to do a Nasal Wash

  • Prepare the water according to CDC guidelines to avoid bacterial contamination*
  • Do the nasal wash leaning over a sink or basin
  • Blow your nose several times to completely remove mucus
  • Enjoy the benefits of a clearer nose
  • Don't forget to clean your nasal wash equipment after each use


*Get complete information on water prep guidelines and watch a how-to video on nasal passage cleaning


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