Normally, the congestion associated with allergies, irritation, or an infection makes getting rid of the mucus more difficult. In these cases, consider using a saline solution to irrigate your nasal passages.
Several commercial saline solution preparations are available for nasal irrigation. Some contain preservatives, others do not. Those that do may cause irritation, particularly in children.
You can prepare an effective saline solution yourself, as long as you respect the quantities specified.
With a homemade preparation, you incur little expense and can avoid using preservatives.
Here's a very simple recipe:
Use only freshly prepared solution; do not store for more than 24 hours.
If you opt for a homemade solution, take it with a nasal bulb or a dropper, which you can pick up at your local pharmacy. Make sure you clean the applicator thoroughly after each use to prevent contamination.
Bend over the sink and squeeze irrigation solution from the applicator first into one nostril and then into the other. Don't sniff. Some of the solution will travel up your nasal passage and into the back of your throat. Repeat as needed.
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