Research briefs: Saline spray eases rhinosinusitis

Spraying saline into the nose can help in chronic rhinosinusitis, according to a Cochrane Review. Analysis of eight randomised trials and 16 other studies, involving 1,659 people in total, showed the treatment improved symptoms of pain and congestion. Saline nasal sprays may soften mucus, making it easier to remove and improving function of cilia, suggest the researchers. They said GPs should consider saline sprays as an adjunct therapy in chronic rhinosinusitis (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007 Online). 

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