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Saltwater washes (saline lavage or irrigation) help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses . This can help stop an infection from spreading to the other sinuses and reduce post-nasal drip . It also can make the nose feel more comfortable by keeping the mucous membranes moist.
You can buy saline nose drops at a pharmacy. It's not recommended that you make your own saline solution. But if you do choose to make your own, follow these directions:
You can store homemade saline solution at room temperature for 3 days.
To use homemade saline solution as a nasal wash:
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