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Hypertonic Saline Irrigation Relieves Sinusitis Symptoms

Patients can overcome minor side effects through home training

WEDNESDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- Hypertonic saline nasal irrigation can help chronic sinusitis patients find long-term relief for their condition, researchers report in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

David Rabago, M.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and colleagues interviewed 28 people who used hypertonic saline nasal irrigation, or HSNI, to treat chronic sinonasal symptoms and recurring rhinosinusitis.

The researchers found that HSNI eased chronic sinonasal symptoms and enhanced patients' feelings of control over their condition. Patients' quality-of-life improved quickly and over the long-term through HSNI.

However, patients reported that impediments to the treatment included discomfort, time and mild side effects such as saline drainage, nasal burning or irritation. They also said that home training in ways of using HSNI could alleviate these side effects.

"HSNI is a safe, well-tolerated, inexpensive, effective, long-term therapy that patients with chronic sinonasal symptoms can and will use at home with minimal training and follow-up," the authors write. "Success with HSNI will likely be improved by patient education."

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