How effective is saline nasal irrigation in the treatment of pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Saline nasal irrigation is effective in approximately 50% of patients with allergic rhinitis. Irrigation assists the body's natural function of rinsing allergens out of nasal passages. Tap water cannot be used because it is hypotonic and causes edema, leading to greater congestion.


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