To flush your own
sinuses, you will need a clean nose dropper and saline solution. To make the
saline solution, dissolve one tablespoon of ordinary table salt in two cups of
water. When you have the nose dropper and the saline solution, follow these
- Lie on your back with your head hanging over the edge of your bed.
- Use about one ounce of the saline solution to fill the congested nostril
to the brim (if both sides are involved, only flush one side for now and
repeat the procedure afterwards on the opposite side).
- After filling the nostril, slowly turn your head slightly (about 45
degrees) in the direction of that nostril while still hanging your head over
the edge of the bed (as you remain in this position, the solution will run
into the sinuses through the small openings in the nasal passageway).
- After the solution has seeped into the sinuses, you should be able to add
10 to 20 additional drops while you stay in this position for another two
- After two minutes, bring your head up level to the mattress and lie on
your back with the affected sinus toward the ceiling (this position lets the
solution drain out the sinuses and down your throat).
- As the sinuses drain, you may feel a considerable amount of fluid pass
down the back of your throat (this is an excellent sign).
- You can help the draining process even more by placing a
warm hot water bottle or heating pad (on the low
setting) on top of the problem nostril (if you become relaxed to the
point of wanting to take a nap, go ahead and do so).
doctor has no objection, you may want to use this saline solution sinus flush on
a daily basis until your condition clears. Even when your sinuses aren't
congested, you may use this procedure to keep them clean of inhaled