Saline spray is a great remedy for allergies or a stuffy nose. You can buy it at the store or make your own solution. This is a guide about homemade saline nasal spray.
Don't go out and buy the OTC drops for plugged noses! Use things you have a home. This recipe works for all ages, my infant benefited a lot from it!
Take 1 level tsp. salt to 1 cup boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes, then cool off. My infant had a hard time breathing while nursing, so I put 2 drops in each nostril before nursing and at night.
I am asthmatic and I use saline water. Do I need to get it from the chemist or can I use one of your recipes? Thanks for any help you can give me. I mix this with Ventolin solution.
I was going to say the same thing as fatboyslimsmom. I too have to use solutions for breathing using a nebulizer and would never dream of taking the chance of a lung infection from a non-sterile product and also what if you accidentally did not mix the exact correct amounts. :-( I know all too well how expensive these medicines are, but please be safe and get them from your chemist. Saving a bit of money is not worth risking a long stint in the hospital or possible death!
If you use unsterile saline solutions you risk obtaining a bacterial infection or it can even worsen your asthma if it is caused by allergens. The sterile bottles of saline really are not that expensive either for the amount of use they get. Take care.
I am assuming that you mean to use with breathing treatments? You need to take extra care, as solutions used for breathing must be sterile. They are inhaled into the lungs, and can cause serious illnesses if not kept sterile.
The nebulizer set up and tubing must be kept clean at all times as well.
Home-made saline solution is made by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 quart of boiled distilled water.
Sterile solutions must be used when mixing with meds. Ask if your medication can be changed to the NO MIXING kind. My grandaughter's was the mix kind and I told them how expensive it was and they changed the format. NOT A PROBLEM.
Making home made saline solution for nasal washes also must follow a hygiene technique. It is better to mix on a daily use, rather than a quart a time, which then will be tossed. I use 1/4 tsp to 1/3 cup water, I just 'sniff' from my hand. Many techniques are taught from your allergist to which works the best and is the easiest for you. For away from home, I buy the generic bottle over the counter. Remember to clean that tip as well and toss after a respectable time due to contamination.
Daily use without illness/colds/sinus can go longer, remember the germs from your illness will stay on your bottle.
I checked with an experienced pharmacist on the correct ratio/proportions necessary to make a nasal saline 0.9% isotonic solution. (Isotonic means "same as body" saline levels.) Use 250 ml (1 cup) of distilled water (or purified by boiling 5 minutes then cooled). To this, add 1/3 or 2.25 grams of non-iodized canning or pickling salt.
Note: some sites say anywhere from 1/4 to 1 tsp. The correct proportion to achieve 0.9% is exactly 1/3 teaspoon.
Store in a sealed/covered container for up to 5 days. Use the solution as close to body temperature as possible for better absorption.
I have been having problems with breathing. My nose seems to be stuffed pretty much from the inside, but when I blow my nose, there is nothing there, no mucus, just something I could not detect. My nose remains blocked at all times and it makes me desperate during the day and also during the night. Sleeping becomes a problem since I can't breathe. The chemical solution given by doctors, helps, but since I need it several times a day, I did not want to bother any doctor for more. So I wanted to make my own nasal drops at home. The pure saline doesn't help, so I mixed 1 bottle of chemical nasal drops with 6 bottles of self made saline solution. And that helps. The saline solution itself doesn't help me breathing again. It perhaps clears the nose inside for a moment, but it could not enable me to breathe normally.
So my question is: is there a saline solution which works in my case? Which means without the use of the chemical nasal drops from the doctor. Any help please?
By Ghanshyaam R. from Paramaribo, Suriname
See your physician you could have an obstruction.
You could have a sinus infection, in which case you need antibiotics or steroids. If drops and sprays aren't working then something is wrong.