Why should I care about my nose?
Our nose is part of a wonderfully designed system that protects our nasal passages from outside irritants. This "system" is covered with microscopic hair-like structures called cilia that pulsate and clear foreign substances from your nasal membranes and out of your sinus passages. When your immune system reacts to an allergen, the mucous produced by your body becomes thick and sticky. When this occurs, your cilia are covered up by this thicker mucus and are unable to move freely to clear the membranes. In effect, the cilia become stagnant, immobile and ineffective at helping you clear out foreign substances and infections. Historically, many cultures & people have used nasal irrigation in an attempt to find relief from clogged nasal passages.
Are all forms of nasal irrigation equal?
NO, there are various forms of nasal irrigation or nasal washing most of which use saline - just water & salt - to cleanse the nose. Applying the saline solution has never been easy or pleasant. A wide variety of applicators have been used, but many of these fall under one of two categories – Positive Pressure Irrigation and Negative Pressure Irrigation. Positive Pressure Irrigation uses Lavage Bottles to direct a saline based solution into the nose. Their effectiveness is limited since the saline solution tends to flow over the top of the much of the bio-film in a superficial manner. Negative Pressure Irrigation Neti pots. These require you to pour the saline solution and present similar disadvantages. Both may be helpful in providing temporary relief.
How does the SinuPulse work and what exactly is pulsating nasal irrigation?
Pulsatile irrigation's gentle pulsating action applies Bernoulli's principle and the Venturi Effect to deliver a cleansing salt-water solution in an easily controlled and effective manner. These principles explain how the upper sinuses drain into the lower sinus creating a siphon effect; when the lower sinus cavities of a patient have been cleared with pulsatile irrigation. The oscillating stream of saline washes away the thick, bio-film and frees your cilia to help you clear your sinuses of infections and foreign substances that can lead to chronic infections. Imagine rain drops falling from the sky landing on the soil with a gentle force that breaks apart soil particles. As this process continues, runoff water travels over the ground, collecting more soil particles dislodged by the rain and transports them to a new location. Pulsatile irrigation mimics a cleansing process present in nature. To see how the SinuPulse Elite® uses this process to bring relief to a legion of allergy sufferers click on video icon below to see it in action!
How is Pulsating Nasal Irrigation different from a neti-pot, bulb syringe, or squeeze bottle?
The SinuPulse Elite® Advanced Sinus Irrigation System uses a gentle pulsing rinse to cleanse and help restore the natural rate of pulsation of the nasal cilia which are the key to protecting your sinuses against foreign bodies. No other form of nasal irrigation does this. It has been reported that pulsating irrigation is up to 100X more effective at removing bacteria. The SinuPulse Elite® not only helps you feel clear and makes breathing easier it addresses the underlying problem of poor functioning cilia the key to long term sinus health. Healthy cilia are the most important element in filtering allergens and preventing sinus infections.
There are many methods of nasal irrigation none as effective or as simple to use as the SinuPulse Elite. Neti pots are messy and uncomfortable to use as they rely on gravity and force the user to be placed in an awkward position, Squeeze bottles, bulb syringes, and neti pots do not pulsate and the rate of flow is neither controlled or sufficient to effectively cleanse the sinuses. In addition, neti pots and squeeze bottle are simply methods for nasal washing they are not an effective irrigation method to help restore the nasal cilia or provide adequate cleansing. The pressure and rate of pulsation is gentle enough that even 5 year olds adjust well to irrigation.
Is the SinuPulse Elite® unpleasant or painful?
No not at all. Some may envision an unpleasant experience of accidentally getting water up your nose. This could not be further from the truth. Actually it is quite pleasant. The solution is warm and soothing and gently bathes your nose with a gentle pulsating rinse designed to moisturize and cleanse the nasal passage sand sinuses. The warm and soothing rinse will leave you breathing better, feeling clear, and healthy.
Is the SinuPulse Elite® difficult, inconvenient, or messy to use?
The SinuPulse Elite® takes only minutes to use. One teaspoon of SinuAir powdered saline or regular non iodized table salt in the water tank prepares your solution quickly. Simple and easy to use, the SinuPulse Elite® delivers a gentle moisturizing mist spray or a cleansing irrigation of pulsating saline. It is far less messy than a neti pot or squeeze bottle. The SinuPulse Elite® does all the work and leaves your nose feeling refreshed and clean.