Nasal irrigation question

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Hi, I think post nasal drip is back, I'm going to try nasal irrigation again as my nose keeps blocking up and uncomfortable sore feeling in my soft palate.

So some questions.

Is it ok to still reuse the nasal irrigation bottle after 3 months despite it saying to replace it? I do wash it throughly before and after use.

I find the saline salt solution at the pharmacy and online quite expensive.

Can i use sea salt from the supermarket and will other alternatives work, if I can't get any.

i,e garlic or ginger (not putting them in the nostrils of course, just in the saucepan then something to separate it from the water after putting the water in the bottle.)

Thanks in advance!

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    Many ENTs recommend a Netipot. You can buy this plus premixed "salt" and distilled water at a good health food store. Avoid mixing anything yourself. It's a few bucks but what value do you put on your health?

    In the meantime see an ENT and try to determine what is causing the drip. Could be many things.

    That's my two cents.

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    I have not stopped flushing since my surgery about a year an a half ago, I flush twice a day... I find that the store bought packages of salt solution seem to be less irritating .  Also I have never thought of using galric or ginger, but I do eat a raw clove of garlic with a good sliver of raw ginger every night..  My suggestion would be to use distilled water and prepackaged salt packages.. As far as the bottle goes I tend to use mine for a long long time before repalceing them, and only sterilize once a month since I do use them twice a day.. I just make sure to pour all the water left over out and keep the top off next to the bottle on a clean paper towel to dry till the next time I use it .. I have had absolutley no problems with doing it this way


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    There is a "sinugator" available with does not need to be replaced. 

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    Try making your own "normal saline" ie approx 0.9% using ordinary cooking salt and tap water You need to make it fresh each time I use a gadet called a Rhinohorn which comes with its own measuring spoon- but if you have a UK style pint milk bottle handy, then a large teasspooon is about right.. It should taste slightly salty

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