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A nasal douche washes the nose and removes crusts and debris, keeping the nose clean and healthy.
To make the solution, in a jug, mix:
Leave to cool, until the solution feels slightly warm to touch.
1. Prepare the solution as described above.
2. Stand over a bowl or sink and pour some of the solution into the cupped palm of your hand.
3. Sniff the solution from your palm into one nostril.
4. Repeat at least 3 times in each nostril until your nose feels comfortable.
Use the douche 3 times a day EVERY DAY until your nose is clear (this may take up to 2 weeks).
If you have a plaster of paris (POP) splint on your nose, you should soak some cotton wool in the solution and sniff this. It will avoid getting the splint wet.
Continue to use them as normal but always apply them after douching.
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If you have any problems or are worried, please do not hesitate to contact us in the Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatient Department.
Royal Sussex County Hospital telephone: 01273 696955 extension 64813.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2021
Review Date: February 2024