Sinus Irrigation and sinus nebulization are each treatment methods your doctor may prescribe for sinusitis, or a sinus infection.
Sinus irrigation, also called nasal irrigation, has been performed for centuries, but it is just now becoming common in western nations. Many allergists and otolaryngologists now recommend various forms of sinus irrigation for sinus complaints. At it’s most basic, nasal irrigation involves using a saline or salt water rinse to clear mucus, debris, and airborne pollutants. This is often done using a device called a neti- pot to pour the solution into one nostril, then the other. There are also sinus irrigation bottles that can be used to administer the solution. Your doctor may prescribe a compounded medication to add to the saline for sinus irrigation. In this way you are flushing out the sinuses and administering the medication directly where it is needed.
Sinus nebulization is similar to treatments given by a nebulizer for asthma or respiratory infections. The compounded medication is placed in the nebulizer cup with saline and the nebulizer converts the solution into a vapor that is inhaled nasally. Sinus nebulization is a good treatment option to avoid the use of long-term oral antibiotics and steroids.
Although they are different, the benefit of both methods is that medication is delivered directly to your sinuses, which means less potential for side effects from taking an oral antibiotic or steroid. Our compounded solutions can target your precise symptoms whether you require antibiotics, antifungals, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, or all of the above.
Sinus irrigation is often prescribed for:
- Acute Sinusitis
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Post-Nasal Drip
- Post Operative Sinus Therapy
- Prevention of Sinus Issues in the Future
Sinus nebulization is less commonly prescribed than irrigation and is often used for:
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Post-operative Sinus Therapy
Nebulization can cost more than irrigation because you’ll need to purchase the nasal nebulizer to administer the medicine at home.
Anyone can use nasal irrigation to relieve congestion and sinus pressure. You don’t need a prescription for a nasal rinse, however, a compounded prescription added to the saline rinse targets your precise symptoms.