Nasal saline irrigation works for allergic and chronic rhinosinusitis but not the common cold

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"Nasal saline irrigation works for allergic and chronic rhinosinusitis but not the common cold"

The latest Albert Tools for Practice1 notes that nasal saline irrigation does not improve acute rhinosinusitis (example “colds”). It can improve allergic and chronic rhinosinusitis, improving symptoms ~30% and improving quality of life with rhinosinusitis at least 10% for one in two patients. Isotonic is as good as hypertonic and rinses are better than sprays (but with more adverse events).

References:

  1. #155 “I got water up my nose”. From swimming accident to rhinosinusitis cure? https://www.acfp.ca/tools-for-practice/

Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr. Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice.


As published in NZ Doctor 02/03/2016