MADISON, Wis., Nov. 10 In response to the study, "Long-term use of nasal saline irrigation: Harmful or helpful?", presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting on November 8th, Diane G. Heatley, M.D., Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI, and the developer of the SinuCleanse® nasal wash system, issued the following statement:
"A recent research study on nasal washing presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting reported that extended use of daily nasal washing might increase the number of sinus infections rather than reducing them. It is important to understand this information has been released only as an abstract summary and presented at a meeting. The research methodology used needs to be examined further by Dr. Nsouli's peers to determine the validity of the conclusions that were drawn.
"The lead investigators, however, asserted that the study was undertaken because the efficacy of nasal irrigation with a saline solution had not yet been assessed. In fact, nasal irrigation has previously been proven safe and effective for treatment of sinus symptoms in both adults and children in a number of studies already published in peer-reviewed journals. Two in particular are:
A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics medical journal, AAP Grand Rounds ("Isotonic Nasal Saline Is Beneficial in the Management of Rhinitis in Children"; 20:17-18, 2008), found that nasal saline( )wash hastens the resolution of rhinitis symptoms during uncomplicated( )acute cold or flu and prevents reappearance of rhinitis in children aged 6 to 10 years old.
Additionally, a study published in the Archives of Otolaryngology (Efficacy of Isotonic Nasal Wash (Seawater) in the Treatment and Prevention of Rhinitis in Children, 2008;134(1):67-74.) found that nasal isotonic( )saline application can prevent reappearance of cold and flu in( )children."
Dr. Diane Heatley is a recognized authority on nasal irrigation. She is the author of numerous studies relating to otolaryngology, including "Nasal Irrigation for the Alleviation of SinoNasal Symptoms" (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Jul;125(1):44-8). As part of her post with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, she maintains an active clinical practice in pediatric otolaryngology in Madison, WI.
Dr. Heatley is the developer of the SinuCleanse® nasal wash system, which includes neti pots, squeeze bottles and Kids Mist(TM), an easy to aim spray bottle that emits a pre-measured dose of a fine saline mist.