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Perfect Health Mela 2019 Consensus Statement on saline nasal spray in allergic and non-allergic rhinitis to combat harmful of pollution

Dr KK Aggarwal

  • Using saline nasal spray or irrigating the nasal cavities with saline reduces postnasal drainage, removes secretions and rinses away allergens and irritants.
  • Saline irrigations or saline nasal spray should be used just before administration of other intranasal medications, so that the mucosa is freshly cleansed when the medications are introduced.
  • Nasal saline is an effective adjunctive treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis as shown by systematic reviews of studies employing various forms of saline sprays and irrigation (performed one to four times daily).
  • Saline nasal sprays may help nasal symptoms of the common cold.
  • Saline nasal irrigation for acute upper respiratory infections has symptomatic benefits.
  • Patients who report dry nasal passages should use saline nasal sprays before bed instead of humidifying the entire bedroom.
  • In pregnant women, nasal saline irrigation is beneficial for treatment of allergic rhinitis.
  • Nasal saline sprays and irrigations, and oral antihistamines are useful in non-allergic rhinitis.


Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA

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