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How to Use a Water Pik to Irrigate Your Sinuses

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Ellen Douglas has written on food, gardening, education and the arts since 1992. Douglas has worked as a staff reporter for the Lakeville Journal newspaper group. Previously, she served as a communication specialist in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut.
How to Use a Water Pik to Irrigate Your Sinuses
Nasal irrigation may rescue you from painful sinus problems. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

The technique of nasal irrigation may be used to treat specific complaints related to your sinuses, including congestion from the common cold, allergies and sinusitis. Doctors also recommend nasal irrigation following surgery to correct chronic sinus problems. The method is a non-invasive, drug-free way to clear your sinus cavities of mucus, bacteria and allergens, notes the University of California School of Medicine in San Diego. There are tools and machine made exclusively for nasal irrigation. Attachments are also available that turn a Water Pik from a dental cleaning device into a nasal irrigation system.

Step 1

Clean the Water Pik tank with warm, clear water.

Step 2

Fill the Water Pik’s tank with lukewarm water. Measure 2 tsp. baking soda or table salt and mix it into the warm water in the reservoir tank.

Step 3

Position yourself near the sink, leaning forward far enough to allow water to flow into the sink after irrigation.

Step 4

Insert the irrigation attachment in one nostril. Position your head so that it tilts down and in the opposite direction from the Water Pik. For instance, if you start with your left nostril, hang your head down and to the right.

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Step 5

Turn the water jet on to the lowest setting and allow the water to enter one nostril and flow out the other. Breathe through your mouth during this operation to avoid inhaling too much water in your nose.

Step 6

Rotate the Water Pik nozzle inside your nostril to aid the irrigation process. Clear fluid will begin flowing out of the other nostril.

Step 7

Switch to the other nostril after you’ve used between a quarter and a half of the water in the tank. Repeat the process, this time hanging your head so that the unfilled nostril tilts toward the sink.

Step 8

Pinch your nose gently and blow through your nostrils.

Step 9

Empty the tank, if any water remains. Refill with warm water only. Do not add baking soda to this rinsing step as you did with the cleansing irrigation.

Step 10

Use the same method for the rinse irrigation you employed for the cleansing stage. Irrigate one nostril at a time, gently rotating the nozzle inside your nose until the water runs clear.

Step 11

Refill the reservoir with warm water and 1 oz. liquid nasal deodorizing solution, if directed by your doctor. This third irrigation is known as a deodorizing irrigation.

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