Too Many Nasal Washes Cause Sinus Infections?
If you swear by nasal washes during flu season like I do, listen up:
New research indicates that even as many people use neti pots and other saline delivery systems to help prevent and treat sinus infections, nasal irrigation over the long term may actually up the number of infections you get.
The theory behind this? Constant saline can wash out the good bacteria in your nose right along with the bacteria that causes the infection, meaning your nasal immunity suffers. The lead author of this research, Dr. Talal Nsouli, therefore recommends using nasal washes during infection only and not for regular maintenance.
Not everyone agrees with him, though, so check out the link to read some opposing views. If you want my take on the subject: I use nasal irrigation religiously when I’m sick, like with my recent H1N1 flu, but not at any other time. Of course, I only have sinus cavities that hate me and not allergies, so I’ve never felt I had to use it daily.