Nasal Irrigation Post-Operative Instructions

To perform nasal irrigation, you will need a few simple materials:

  • Bulb syringe or Neil Med Sinus Rinse or Neti-Pot system, available at all pharmacies.
  • Salt
  • Small basin or sink
  • Measuring cup
  • Teaspoon

First, wash your hands with soap and water. Then mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 2 cups of warm water at body temperature. You may also use the Neil Med salt packets as described in the package. For Neil Med, follow the instructions in the package.

After adequately mixed, bend over the sink to prepare for irrigation. Resist the urge to tilt your head backwards. Gently insert the tip of the syringe into your nose. You should insert the syringe a distant equivalent to the width of your finger. Angle the tip of the syringe toward the outer corner of your eye and then slowly squeeze the bulb so that the liquid gently squirts into your nose. Let the solution drain out of your nostril, it may come out of the other nostril or your mouth. Repeat on both sides of your nose using as much of the irrigation as tolerated.

Finally, clean her supplies with fresh, clean water and store dry.