How to do nasal washes correctly

Oct 13 , 2020


Reinaldo Garcia

How to do nasal washes correctly

How to do nasal washes correctly

The nose is an organ that is part of the sense of smell, but today we will focus on the vital function it performs for breathing. In humans, the nose is very important. It is the airway that allows us to breathe and that all our cells and organs can do their functions. As air enters the nose, it is heated, humidified and also filtered.

Air filtering is thanks to the villi (or hairs) that are inside the nasal cavity and thanks to the mucus.

Together they are able to capture dust and other irritants that we better not inhale. Therefore, mucus acts as a protector of our respiratory system and especially our lungs. The adult human body manufactures 1 liter of mucus a day and much of it, we swallow it without realizing it. But an excess of mucus (by quantity or by density) can cause a blocked nose or an excessive drip and makes us uncomfortable in our day to day life.

This is when nasal washes become important. Nasal washing is a gesture suitable for all audiences with a clear and direct benefit: it helps clean our nostrils of foreign particles that have adhered to our mucosa.

The first thing is to be clear about some basic indications:

- Each nostril should be cleaned separately. Blowing both at the same time is counterproductive because if you cover the 2 nostrils, the pressure increases so much that it can even damage the ear.

- For a daily nasal wash, isotonic sea water is recommended. Sea water is better than physiological serum since, in addition to containing 0.9% saline solution, it also contains trace elements and minerals from the sea (copper, magnesium, potassium ...).

- For nasal decongestion (in the presence of thicker mucus, hypertonic sea water is recommended. - Nasal washing with isotonic sea water is recommended in patients of all ages and the use of hypertonic must be from the month of life in babies.

- It is recommended to do it 1 time a day at least for proper nasal hygiene and to avoid complications due to excess mucus. What product and how do I use it for washing? Since we have to go from pit to pit, it is best to tilt our heads to the opposite side of the pit that we will work on so that gravity helps us.

For example, if the right nostril is to be cleaned, we must tilt our head to the left side. In the case of babies, it is best to do it lying on the changing table and follow the same instructions.

There are different formats of saline and seawater, such as dropper bottles, single-dose ampoules or sprays. Seawater sprays come prepared with the perfect concentration, the pressure is measured and also the exact amount comes out according to the format and the strength that we choose.

Therefore, its use is very comfortable and recommended at any age.

Each nostril can be washed as many times as necessary and if there is still mucus, it can be aspirated with the help of a pear or, in the case of babies, with specifically designed nasal aspirators. Can I do something else? Using an air humidifier or raising the head of the bed (placing a double pillow in the case of adults or a small cushion under the mattress in babies) will help them breathe much better.

In adults, the gesture of drinking more fluids helps us to facilitate the expulsion of accumulated mucus and keep our body hydrated.

All these options and many more can be found at This winter we are going to be well prepared to combat excess mucus!

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