The irrigation solution would enter one nostril and exit the other. This method does not work well if the sinuses are blocked. The neti pot is not a positive flow device, meaning, this device pours water from the spout, but can get mucus back into the spout when the user tips the pot back. The spout of the neti pot is difficult to clean and can become contaminated. I do not recommend the neti pot for sinus irrigation.
As mentioned, most of the squeeze bottle instruments, are a positive flow device, therefore, they do not allow mucus to be drawn back into the bottle. Please check each manufacturer to make sure that their device is a positive flow device. The down sides to the squeeze bottle are the large hard nasal tips, the lack of a controlled flow rate, and the lack of volume within the bottle for saline.
There are various types of pumps, but they typically fall into one of two categories. The steady flow pump and the pulsating pump.
Research has shown that the pulsating pump is far more effective than the steady flow pump.
These pumps come equipped with a wand that is attached to the pump with a small diameter hose.
The pump wand typically accepts various style sinus irrigation instruments, including Ethicare instruments. See our post on “What is the best sinus irrigation pump on the market?”.
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