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How to do nasal irrigation (washes)

A step-by-step guide

  • Nasal irrigation should be performed first, before using any nasal drops, spray or ointment.

  • Pre-prepared medications or sterile water should be used for nasal irrigation if possible. This reduces the risk of infection.

  • Stand in front of a basin and squirt the solution into each nostril. Aim the stream towards the back of your head, NOT the top of your head. Don’t worry if it flows into one nostril and out of the other. This is just a sign it is washing your nose.

  • It is normal to feel some mild irritation when you start these washes. This should settle with time.


Disclaimer: This publication is designed for the information of patients. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the information contained may not be comprehensive and patients should not act upon it without seeking professional advice.


Date Published: 22/09/2022 Review Date: 22/09/2025

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