The ear-nose-throat complex is host to a myriad of possible complications. Nasal irrigation is one common and generally safe practice to reduce the effects of allergies and prevent more serious problems such as sinus infections 12. Alkalol is a pre-blended solution available for nasal irrigation and other similar procedures 1. Many use it as merely mouth wash, but Alkalol also helps dry mouth, sore throat,and can even relieve ear infections. While such solutions are generally very safe, there are certain risks that require attention.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Many doctors believe that the risk of sinus infection increases by repetitive forced blowing of the nose 2. The process of using Alkalol for nasal irrigation encourages extensive mucous removal through nose blowing 1. Users of this product should not overdo it and keep nasal passages strong and healthy. Otherwise, Alkalol may create or worsen chronic sinusitis.
The use of Alkalol to treat an existing sinus infection can be particularly risky if precautions are not taken 2. Because nasal solutions irrigate most of the airways and cavities between the ears, nose and throat, it is possible to actually spread a sinus infection to the ear with Alkalol 2. Anyone with an existing infection should consult a doctor before proceeding with Alkalol or any other nasal irrigation system 1.
While most nasal irrigation solutions contain safe, gentle ingredients, it is possible for an allergic reaction to occur in some people 1. Alkalol has compounds that may have never been introduced to the body, thus reactions are not always predictable. As with any allergy, the consequences can be serious. First-time users of Alkalol should have an ample supply of antihistamine on-hand in the event of an allergic reaction.
Nasal irrigation with Alkalol should be completed when the solution is at room temperature 1. Some variants require that you first mix the solution with water, while others are wholly contained in the purchased product. Either way, the product (and water, if used) must not be too hot or too cold. It is possible to damage nasal linings and even cause swelling to occur if the temperature is not safe.
One of the benefits of using a purchased solution like Alkalol is that the blend of ingredients and salt is usually appropriate for most people. However, skin and mucous linings may still react differently in separate individuals. A common side-effect of Alkalol is excessive drying of the air passages, which may lead to bloody nose or discomfort. If this occurs, it is recommended to reduce the frequency of nasal irrigation 1.
While most nasal irrigation solutions contain safe, gentle ingredients, it is possible for an allergic reaction to occur in some people 1. The process of using Alkalol for nasal irrigation encourages extensive mucous removal through nose blowing 1. Anyone with an existing infection should consult a doctor before proceeding with Alkalol or any other nasal irrigation system 1.
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