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    Hi,

    I have a chronic nasal blockage problem and was recommended to try cleansing the nose with saline.

    Is saline prescription only ?

    Or, can I just buy at boots ?

    Cheers,
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    Its just salt and water, i doubt its prescription only.
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    You can buy it at boots, but you can make it yourself.
    Salt water up the nose FTL.
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    You could just make it....
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    Yes, saline nosedrops are available over the counter. They are not that brilliant though and tend to be used for babies who are not old enough for decongestants or steroid nasal sprays. Depends what your blockage is caused by but the steroid inhaler is probably the best option. Talk to your pharmacist.
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    Saline, I buy that in boots for my contact lenses.
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    (Original post by matchu)
    You could just make it....
    Please dont make it yourself. Saline nosedrops are 0.9% and more importantly isotonic. This is essential as the mucous membranes in the nose are sensitive.
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    Saline solution is not table salt and tap water, by the way.
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    (Original post by 3232)
    Saline solution is not table salt and tap water, by the way.
    Yes it is.

    5 grams of salt (yes table salt)
    473.2ml water
    pinch baking soda

    = nasal saline lavage.

    oh actually Edit: Oh noes it's in a bottle, you can't POSSIBLY make that!!
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    (Original post by matchu)
    Yes it is.

    5 grams of salt (yes table salt)
    473.2ml water
    pinch baking soda

    = nasal saline lavage.

    oh actually Edit: Oh noes it's in a bottle, you can't POSSIBLY make that!!

    Saline solution is distilled water and sea salt, not tap water and table salt. There is a difference.
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    (Original post by matchu)
    Yes it is.

    5 grams of salt (yes table salt)
    473.2ml water
    pinch baking soda

    = nasal saline lavage.

    oh actually Edit: Oh noes it's in a bottle, you can't POSSIBLY make that!!
    Yeah, but, distilled water.
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    I can't be bothered because I'm going to bed, but no, it's not. It can be but it doesn't have to be. Especially not in this case.

    Edit It really is table salt. Good old sodium chloride
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    (Original post by matchu)
    I can't be bothered because I'm going to bed, but no, it's not. It can be but it doesn't have to be. Especially not in this case.

    Edit It really is table salt. Good old sodium chloride

    Table salt has additives, sea salt does not, which is why it is used in proper saline solution along with distilled water, rather than tap water (which also has additives). A solution can be created but you'd have thought the medical professional who advised them to use saline solution would have mentioned the home-made variant if it was applicable?
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    you can buy distilled water in boots aswell as some medicines need it to mix them up and sea salt is avaible everywhere
 
 
 
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