Q & A
Differences between Sanvic pulsatile nasal irrigator and other nasal irrigators
Sanvic pulsatile nasal irrigator is designed by experienced ENT doctors and medical engineers from the ground up. Most other powered nasal irrigator that are simply modifications from oral irrigators, or manual nasal irrigators like squeeze bottles and neti pots, could pose potential discomforts or dangers due to their unideal or even uncontrollable irrigation pressure. Unlike the competitions, we designed our nasal irrigator “for” nasal irrigation. We even designed the pulsation frequencies so that it matches that of the normal muco-ciliary movement on the nasal and paranasal sinuses membrane. So not only does our nasal irrigator washes your nasal cavity, it also helps restore your body’s immune system! (Muco-ciliary movement is like an active filter inside your nose)
Sanvic Pusatile Nasal Irrigator may share the same purpose as other alternatives, but with our decades of clinical trials and experiences with pulsatile nasal irrigation going into the design and continuous improvements, we are confident that its effectiveness, comfort, durability, and the whole experience are the best in class.
Benefits of pulsatile nasal irrigation
Pulsatile nasal/sinus irrigation can effectively remove the muco-purulent discharges in nasal/sinus cavities, remove pathologic biofilms, and facilitate the recovery of the muco-ciliary movement of sinuses. That is why it plays a cardinal role in the successful MMT(Maximal Medical Therapy) of various rhinitis and sinusitis.
When and who should use pulsatile nasal irrigator?
Pulsatile Nasal Irrigator is the best and most recommended tool to use in Maximal Medical Therapy for chronic rhino-sinusitis or other rhinitis/sinusitis. If your doctor have not heard about it, please introduce it to him or her. We have seen huge success in treating rhinitis and sinusitis over the past years since adopting pulsatile nasal irrigation in our clinics and several partnering clinics. This helps us significantly avoid unnecessary surgeries and medications that are all too common in the industry.
For most conditions, perform nasal irrigation 3 times a day, 500cc each side each time. For cleaning or preventive purposes, perform nasal irrigation 1-2 times a day or right after exposing to polluted environment.
Post Nasal Drip
Upper Resipiratory Infection
Snoring / Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Head and Neck Cancer
After Care for Nasal / Sinus surgery
After Care for Head and Neck Cancer receiving Radiotherapy
In contact with other patients
When not to perform nasal irrigation
Avoid using nasal irrigator during and 1-2 hours after nose bleeds, and 1 hour before bed.
Age limit for nasal irrigation
Our recommended age limit is 3 years old and above. For 3 years old to 10 years old, we recommend to start with Child’s Nasal Irrigation Tip. It provides a much more gentle experience that has been well accepted among younger kids.
Differences between Adult and Child Nasal Irrigation Tip?
The Adult Nasal Irrigation Tip is designed for saline water to enter and drain out from different nostrils. The Child’s Nasal Irrigation Tip is designed for saline water to enters and drains out from the same nostril. The purpose of the Child’s Nasal Irrigation Tip is to allow children who are under the age of 10, especially ones in kindergarten, to easily adopt nasal irrigation. Because it only rinses 2/3 of the nasal cavity, it provides a more gentle wash. We suggest switching to adult Nasal Irrigation Tip once your children are comfortable with nasal irrigation for a much better result.
What kind of water should be used for nasal irrigation?
Use water that are free of bacteria such as filtered or pre-boiled water.
What temperature of water should be used for nasal irrigation?
It’s more comfortable to use a similar temperature as your nasal cavity (35°C-38°C or 95°F-101°F). Temperature below and above this range may cause discomfort.
What kind of saline solution should be used for nasal irrigation?
We recommend using Sanvic Buffered Salt. Mix one packet of Sanvic Buffered Salt with 500cc of warm water.
Is hypertonic saline solution better for nasal irrigation?
Hypertonic saline solution achieves better result than normal saline water for rhino-sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. However, since higher concentration is more irritative, we suggest starting from regular concentration saline, then gradually increasing salt concentration.
Can we share nasal irrigation tip?
We recommend each family member has his or her own nasal irrigation tip to avoid probable cross infection. There are 4 different colors of nasal irrigation tip available, so you can have your own, just like having your own toothbrush.
Does pulsaitle nasal irrigation hurt?
If you follow the instructions, pulsatile nasal irrigation is actually quite comfortable. In fact, after trying it, most people described it as the most comfortable solution to refresh their breathing. The principle of pulsatile irrigation is not only to wash your nasal cavity, but also to rinse and massage your nasal cavity. Therefore, by following the procedures correctly, you can enjoy the comfort and pleasure the irrigation brings to you.
During irrigation, water flows down to the throat instead of exiting from the other nostril
You can try to resolve this by bending your head down. If this doesn’t help, it might be due to the enlargement of your posterior turbinate. In this case we recommend you to irrigate from the other nostril (the side where water can easily come out of).
Why do my ears popped and clogged during irrigation
The most common causes are:
Spitting, swallowing, or talking during the irrigation. Because these actions would open Eustachian tube (the connection between nasopharynx and middle ear) when water flows from one nostril to the other through nasopharynx, allowing water the possibility to enter your ear. Therefore, please pause the irrigation when spitting, swallowing, or conversation.
If you blow your nose too hard after irrigation, the remaining water in the nose might be forced into the middle ear through the Eustachian tube as well. If the nose is severely blocked that the saline cannot pass through, the pressure built up inside the nasal cavity will cause headache or even otalgia at the beginning of the irrigation. Stop the irrigation immediately, and compress the nose with warm towel for several minutes to relieve the nasal obstruction. Try nasal irrigation only when the nose is not completely blocked.
Why do I feel tears welled up in my eyes during irrigation
Normally, tears travel to the nasal cavity through a really narrow tube (naso-lacrimal duct); and tears welled up when the tube is blocked. Therefore, when the tube is partially obstructed due to rhinitis or stuffed nose, the additional pressure given by the irrigation would block the tube and cause the tears to well up. At this stage, irrigation can still be continued with a lower water pressure; however, if tear does come out continuously, then stop the irrigation and retry after 3 ~ 4 hours. If this issue occurs every time you use the irrigation, then we suggest you to consult your doctor to check if there is any abnormality of the sphincter inside naso-lacrimal duct.
Why does the upper part of my nose, in between my eyes, aches sometimes during nasal irrigation?
This is usually caused by rhino-sinusitis. Since the sinus ostium is obstructed and resists the saline from passing through, the flow would then pressures the para-nasal sinuses and makes you feel soreness and pain. In this case, we suggest you to pause irrigation, and use hot towel to compress the aching area; resume irrigation after 2 ~ 4 hours. If aching happens during each irrigation, we suggest you to consult your doctor for nasal cavity and para-nasal sinuses check-up.
Why do I feel headache sometimes during nasal irrigation?
The most common causes are:
Water temperature: please use warm water. The initial water flowed out from the device is usually cold, so allow the device to run for a few second until warm water coming out.
Salt concentration: too high or too low salt concentration may irritate your nasal cavity, especially when no salt is added in the water, or salt is not well dissolved, or added salt is not enough.
Pressure: please try a lower water pressure.
Water comes out from my nose 30 ~ 60 minutes after irrigation
Many people, even doctors, question if nasal irrigator can really rinse into the paranasal sinuses (it is true that many traditional nasal irrigator cannot completely rinse into the paranasal sinuses). This question is a good evidence to prove that this pulsatile nasal irrigator can effectively rinse into your paranasal sinuses.
Some factors that prevent water from freely leaving your paranasal sinuses are dysfunctional muco-ciliary movement in your paranasal sinuses, and the swelling at the entrance of your paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity. Hence, the remaining water comes out from your nose only when your head is bent downwards to a certain degree. To resolve this, you can bend down your head and turn right or left to facilitate draining of the left over water in your paranasal sinuses. Regular pulsatile nasal irrigation can help you to quickly recover your sinus muco-ciliary movement function and bring down the swelling.
Why do I feel slight nasal congestion and hyponasality after irrigation sometimes?
Sometimes there is water left inside your paranasal sinuses after irrigation. The symptom will resolve itself after the water drains out, usually about 30 ~ 60 minutes after irrigation.
I can’t hear clearly whenever I blow my nose right after irrigation
There is usually some water remaining inside your nasal cavity right after nasal irrigation. Blowing nose might cause the water to enter into middle cavity through Eustachian tube, and makes you feel as if your ears are stuffed. Instead of blowing your nose while pinching your nostrils, we suggest you to take a deep breathe, and exhale via your nose (just like sneezing) to help draining out the left over diluted mucus. Many acute otitis media in adult is caused by improper nose blowing.
Can I blow my nose?
Many infections or other problems are caused by blowing ones nose. So if you want to blow your nose, do it right. Don’t blow it too hard and do it gently. The best way is to open your mouth and blow without pinching your nose or narrowing your nostrils. Imagine how you would sneeze, freely and in private without the need to cover up.
How to sterilize nasal irrigation tip?
Cleaning under running water after every use is usually enough. If necessary, you can dip the color bulb head of the irrigation tip into boiling water to sterilize. (the white plastic handle is not permitted to be in boiling water)
How to prolong the life of Sanvic Pulsatile Nasal Irrigator?
Remember to run the irrigator with clean warm water after use; this is to rinse out left over saline water inside the device. A common cause of malfunction is due to salt cumulating inside the tube of the device.
Can I use it in my country or another country
Yes, as long as the supplied voltage is the same as the device input voltage (see label underneath). We provide 3 different models (110V/120V/230V) based on your region, for example, 230 voltage devices for Europe, 120 voltage devices for USA.
Device is turned on, but water does not come out
Check if the pump still works. Does it make the pumping sound when you start the irrigator?
If it does, it may still be operational, and there are simply sediments or air stuck within the pump
Make sure the pause switch on the handle is slide up
Push the water container all the way down and make sure there is no gap underneath
Start the irrigator If water is not coming out after few seconds, place the handle lower than the device until water starts flowing out
If water does not come out after few minutes, turn off the device, but leave it as above setup (handle lower than the device) for couple hours
Water should drain off and clear the blockage
*Keep the container clean at all time, and use filtered or preboiled water