New Insights Into Nasal Saline

In-between nasal surgery cases today in the operating room, my resident asked me why the standard over-the-counter isotonic nasal saline preparation said .65% saline, rather than .9% saline.   The normal salt concentration in our bodies is 0.9%, which can also be mimicked by adding 9 grams of salt into 1 liter of water. This […]

Neti-Pots And Killer Amoeba

Countless people swear by their Neti-pots, which help to clear sinus passageways and help people to breathe better again. Net-pots are an Indian variation of nasal saline irrigation, using a tea-pot like container to pour saline into the nose using gravity, rather than a spray or squirt bottle. Alarmingly, there have been reports of people […]

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Chronic Sinusitis?

Here’s my response below to a NY Times article on chronic sinusitis. They talk about cutting edge research in diagnosing and treating sinusitis, but completely miss an important point. Please read my post below to see what I mean, and feel free to comment on anything that I’ve said. Biofilms are the pathology de jour in […]