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How to Make Your Own Saline Rinse

Sinusitis -- swelling of the inner lining of the sinuses -- can cause runny nose, watery eyes, extreme discomfort, headache, and, if left untreated, damage the nasal cavity. While medications may be needed to treat sinusitis, most cases of sinusitis can be treated at home.

A nasal spray made of saline rinse can help keep mucous membranes moist, lessen discomfort and make breathing easier. But before you run out to buy a special nasal rinse, try making your own at home. Here's how:

Thouroughly mix:

  • 1 Cup clean warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

Use a bulb syringe (like the ones used to clear a baby's nose) to rinse the sinuses. 

One note of caution: As long as the symptoms of sinusitis go away within a few days, a doctor's care for sinusitis is not necessary. However, if the person experiences high fever or chills, difficulty with vision, a thick yellow or green mucus discharge, or a temporary loss of consciousness, consult a doctor  immediately or call for emergency services.

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