A new study reported at a meeting for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology shows that patients who stopped using a neti pot had a 62 percent decrease in the occurrence of acute rhinosinusitis. The study followed 68 patients over a period of two years.
"I don't have anything against short-term nasal saline irrigation -- even aggressive nasal saline irrigation for three, four days or one week is totally fine," said Talal M. Nsouli, MD, of Watergate Allergy & Asthma Center in Washington. "But when we are doing it o on a daily basis, we are modifying the immunological biochemistry of the nose. This will lead us to a vicious cycle," Nsouli said. "More infections, more nasal saline; more nasal saline, more infections. We need to cut this cycle."
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