As many will know, it’s believed around 80% of Asthma Exacerbations could be triggered by Rhinovirus (Nasal) Infections.
Some folk will already be regularly using Nasal Flushing in the hope of reducing infections but, personally, I consider doing so a bit ‘too severe’, as our Noses already produce there own defences (including Nasal Mucus Film) to help protect against such infections.
However, a possible compromise between Full Nasal Flushing and ‘not’ Flushing at all, is a Nasal Atomiser loaded with Pharmaceutical Grade Saline Solution (available without prescription from most pharmacists, at a ‘not too expensive price’).
The Atomiser Device I use is a repurposed Asda Hayfever Nasal Spray Atomiser, that I unscrewed and cleaned out before filling with Saline Solution. You can also buy empty Atomisers from Sites like Amazon.
I use my Atomiser just two or three times a week, as a more gentle alternate to Full Nasal Flushing. Personally, I don’t think it’s a great idea to use it everyday but, certainly, when there are a lot of colds and bugs knocking around, it might be worth using it more often than I do. It’s great because - once you’ve filled the Atomiser with Saline Solution - you get at least several days use out of it. Just need to ensure you clean out the Atomiser and change the Saline Solution every week or two, plus check that the expiry date on your Saline Solution is still in date before topping-up again. (I keep the Saline Solution Pods in the Fridge, but I’m not sure if that is actually necessary).
My personal technique immediately after use, is to lay on the bed with my head tilted back to keep the Solution up my nose for about a minute.
It’s also coming up to that time of year when I like to have handy one of those First Defence Nasal Sprays, for situations when I suspect I’ve definitely been near folk with infections e.g. Doctor’s Surgery / Hospital Visits, London Tube Travel (when I’m down that way) etc.
Hope someone finds this useful. I’m off to arrange my Flu Jab.