There are many kinds of nasal irrigators in the market. You can use a syringe, a teapot like vessel, a hand squeeze bottle or rubber tube, or a powered pulsatile nasal irrigator. All of these nasal irrigators help to clean and moisturize the nose. Why we recommend and invent the pulsatile nasal irrigator?
For example, you can go to San Diego from Los Angles by many ways — you can walk, you can run, you can ride a bicycle or horse, or you can drive a car. You can go there by any one of the above way. It’s easy to understand now that drive a car is the most effective, comfortable and safe way. You will drive a car instead of walking, running or riding a bicycle after you have the experience of driving a car. Yes, it is the same condition for the nasal irrigators. Pulsatile nasal irrigator is similar to the car for travelling from one city to the other city. Few clients will go back to use a teapot like nasal irrigator or hand squeeze bottle to wash the nose after he/she utilizes the Sanvic pulsatile nasal irrigator.
Then, what’s the difference between pulsatile nasal irrigator and traditional old-fashioned nasal irrigator?
Pulsatile nasal irrigator can clean the nasal/sinus chamber more effectively than other nasal irrigator. Many medical reports confirmed that pulsatile water stream can clean the wound better than non-pulsatile water stream at same water pressure. So pulsatile nasal irrigator can clean the nasal/sinus chamber better but with lower water pressure to avoid probable nasal mucosa damage.
Which one can wash the clothes better?
Place clothes under a creek — the water flow through the clothes may clean the clothes (teapot like vessel)
Use a hose to wash clothes — you can use a hose to clean the clothes by higher pressure water (hand squeeze bottle or rubber tube)
Use a washing machine to wash clothes — let the washing machine clean your clothes (pulsatile nasal irrigator)
The salt water usually enters one nostril, runs backward to the nasopharynx, then flows out from the other nasal chamber. There is an opening of the Eustachian tube at lateral aspect of nasopharyx. Eutachian tube is the only outward opening of the middle ear cavity to drain the middle ear mucosa secretions, provide middle ear ventilation and equalize middle ear pressure. The incidence of salt water enters into the middle ear via the Eustachian tube increases if the opening of the Eustachian tube is under the floor of salt water stream when you tilt upward your head to one side ( that is the condition of using teapot like vessel nasal irrigator ). Bending down your head when using the pulsatile nasal irrigator can minimize the chance of salt water entering into the middle ear.
The water pressure of the salt water enters into the nasal chamber maybe very high if you squeeze the vessel or rubber tube quickly with energy, the high water pressure might damage the vulnerable nasal mucosa. Pain, oozing or even nasal bleeding might occur. There was report that CSF leakage happened by forceful water stream when utilizing squeeze vessel to wash the nose. However pulsatile nasal irrigator provides steady low water pressure to wash the nose to avoid these dangerous complications.
When you squeeze a hand-held squeeze bottle or rubber tube with energy, the salt water abruptly enters into the nostril with very high pressure which may cause damage to the nasal mucosa and very uncomfortable. Many ladies and kids feel tired by repeating the action of hand squeezing to wash the nose, that’s why many kids do not love to use it. On the other hand pulsatile nasal irrigator provides powered nasal irrigation smoothly, what you should do is only bending your head down, pressing the power button to activate the machine, and holding the nasal irrigator tip in your nostril. It’s a breeze! That’s why pulsatile nasal irrigator is highly accepted and welcomed by the users, especially kids.