I went to see my ENT today and he told me my Sinus and Throat are extremely dry. He told me to use a Saline rinse every hour to keep it moist. Can I use salt water instead as Saline can get expensive if you are using it every hour.
I used salt water, but if memory serves me it had to be a certain kind of salt. Kosher I think but I can't remember the reason. I'm sure a quick "google" could find out why and how much to use.
You can also try a Neti Pot which where you take the salted water in one nostril and out the other. Lastly, my ENT recommended something called "Simply Saline" which does run into a little money. His instructions were slightly different than on the container. He wanted me to insert in nose but let it drip halfway down throat and then to "cough" it up with the phlem.
I tried all of the above, with marginal benefits. Things did clear up pretty much when I stopped treating, so it will be over eventually, even if it never seems so. You might also want to try a vaporizer if the air is dry from heat or A/C. Just be careful with the "cool" mist types as unless you clean them obsessively, you can do more harm than good by growing your own bacteria in the air. Best to use those ole' fashioned hot-water vaporizes. Vicks sells them for under fifteen bucks, just make sure not to burn yourself.
I use a solution of 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp baking soda in a quart of water. I rinse and gargle as often as I can. This has helped with mouth sores, dry mouth, sore throat,etc. For sinuses I use Simply Saline Spray (it is OTC and not harsh)
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