Instructions for Nasal/Sinus IrrigationStep 1
: Plug the machine into the power source.Step 2
: Prepare solution: • Remove the water reservoir from the device and open the lid. Fill the reservoir with 16 oz (480 ml) of lukewarm water. Use only distilled, commercially bottled, or previously boiled and cooled water. Filtered water is safe only if it has been filtered through a 0.2-micron filter or reverse osmosis system. Add 2 blue Neilmed Sinus Rinse mixture packets or one green Neilmed Sinus Rinse mixture packet and mix thoroughly to fully dissolve the mixture. We recommend that you do not use homemade salt mixtures for nasal irrigation, as they may have inaccurate concentrations and lead to inadequate relief, a burning or stinging sensation, or even nasal congestion.Step 3
: Open the compartment on the top of the lid of the water reservoir to locate the tips. Remove the nasal irrigator tip and insert into irrigator handle.Step 4
: Remove irrigator handle and open front circular compartment to access coiled tubing. Uncoil the tubing to the desired length to allow irrigation handle to reach the nose.Step 5
: Use + and - controls to set the desired flow rate. We recommend that you start with the lowest setting, and gradually increase the flow rate as desired.Step 6
: Press the appropriate button for either continuous flow or pulsatile flow irrigation.Step 7
: Turn the device on using the power button on the front control panel. This will not start the stream of water.Step 8
: Start irrigating:
- Lean over the sink. Bend your head so you are looking down toward the sink basin.
- Keeping your mouth open, and without holding your breath, place the tip snugly against your nostril.
- To start the stream of solution, slide the blue button on the handle upward. Saline will enter one nostril and drain out the other side. Do not swallow or spit when irrigating.
- To temporarily stop the flow of water, slide the blue button on the handle downward until you hear a “click.”
- When you are about half way through the solution, stop the flow of water and switch to the other nostril. Use 125 mL to 250 mL, or 4 to 8 ounces, of solution for each nostril.
- Blow your nose very gently, ensuring not to pinch completely to avoid pressure on the eardrums. If tolerable, sniff in any residual solution remaining in the nasal passage once or twice. This may clean out the posterior nasopharyngeal area, which is the area at the back of your nasal passage. Generally, the fluid in your sinuses will exit about 20 minutes later when the cilia are activated.
: Power off deviceNote:
When turning off the stream of water with the switch on the handle, it is important to slide the switch all the way down until you hear a “click.” This will ensure that the valve is fully closed and water will not leak out.