Over-the-counter (OTC) sinus washes are becoming very popular. With so many new styles and brands coming out, many patients want to know if the sinus wash washes really works. The most common question people may wonder is, “is an OTC sinus wash a treatment option for my sinus infection?”.

To properly answer the question, it is important to understand exactly what a sinus infection is and how it is treated.

What is a Sinus Infection?

The sinuses are a connected system of passageways that surround the forehead, eyes, and cheeks. A sinus infection occurs when the sinuses become irritated and inflamed. Bacteria and funguses cause sinus infections. Common symptoms associated with sinus infections include the following:

  • Pain and pressure
  • Congestion
  • Nasal drainage
  • Facial tenderness

These and other symptoms are usually best controlled using multiple treatment options, one of which is an OTC sinus wash.


How Can I Use an OTC Sinus Wash?

Sinus washes consist of salt and water. When the washes are flushed through the sinuses, they clear the passages by thinning mucus. They also provide much-needed moisture. Symptoms associated with a sinus infection can be improved when an OTC sinus wash is used properly. In many cases, ultimate symptom relief occurs when the washes are used in conjunction with other treatment options, such as the following:

  1. Nasal Decongestants. Reduce swelling and inflammation.
  2. Pain relievers.
  3. Home remedies. The application of a warm moist towel over the sinuses. Also you can capture the moisture from breathing air from warm water in a sink, shower, or bathtub.

If symptoms do not improve over the course of 7-10-days, an appointment with an ENT specialist should be made.


Conclusions About OTC Sinus Washes

OTC sinus washes can be used as a treatment option for a sinus infection. Symptom relief may occur when sinus washes are used alone or in combination with other sinus remedies and medications.

If sinus washes and other treatment options are not improving your symptoms, we encourage you to contact our offices in Palm Beach and Ocala to make an appointment with Board Certified ENT Specialist, Dr. Neil Goldhaber. An accurate diagnosis will be made and effective treatment plan will be prescribed to provide you with the symptom relief you want.

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