People who frequently suffer from sinus infections know that it is an extremely unpleasant and painful issue that significantly affects the everyday life of a person. In most cases, patients are prescribed antibiotics, but they, in fact, worsen the issue by leading to various side effects.
Namely, antibiotic fight good and bad bacteria at the same time. Therefore, as soon as the good bacteria has been fought, the nasal cavity is left unprotected and bad bacteria succeeds to accumulate.
Considering all this, Dr. Mas Takashima, director of the Sinus Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has found a new solution to relieve the symptoms of sinus infections and prevent them. His treatments include baby shampoo sinus irrigations and probiotic nasal rinses.
He states: “These new therapies are targeting the bacteria in ways that haven’t been utilized in the past. These techniques are helping those with chronic and acute sinusitis. Whenever I tell my patients about the new therapeutic protocols they’re very surprised, but they get the results they want and need.”
His premise is that baby shampoo irrigation will cleanse the nasal cavity with a surfactant as it breaks down the oily layers which prevent the elimination of bad bacteria. Baby shampoo can penetrate this barrier, unlike saline irrigation formulas.
He added: “We tell our children to wash their hands with soap, not with plain water, in order to clean bacteria from their hands. The same concept is being used in the sinuses.”
In order to obtain best effects, you should combine ½ teaspoon of baby shampoo and 8 ounces of saline. You can also prepare your own saline, by mixing a rounded teaspoon of baking soda and 3 heaping teaspoons of salt in a small Ziplock bag. Then, in a cup of boiled or distilled water, (8 ounces), you should add a teaspoon of the mixture and ½ teaspoon of baby shampoo.
Soak an infant nasal bulb or a rubber ear bulb syringe in this solution, and carefully flush the nostrils.
A probiotic rinse will preserve healthy bacteria, and fight bad ones. You can prepare it in the same way you prepare the saline solution, but add a probiotic capsule to it, instead of the shampoo.
Takashima also added: “I often encounter previously healthy patients who tell me, ‘I haven’t been able to shake this sinus infection and multiple courses of antibiotics and steroids aren’t helping.’
This tells me that something must have occurred to cause a change in the patient’s natural ability to fight off sinus infections.”
He suggests that the best thing about probiotics is the fact that they effectively replenish healthy bacteria, and thus prevent the accumulation of bad bacteria in the sinuses. Yet, before you decide to try a homemade irrigation, he advises that you consult your doctor, as he may recommend the proper treatment in your case.
Takashima also recommended the following baby shampoos for treating sinus infections:
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo with Natural Oat Extract
California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash – Fragrance-Free
Exederm Non-Irritating Baby Shampoo
California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash – Tea Tree & Lavender