/ June 26, 2010/ Scuba Diving/ 10 comments

NeilMed Sinus Rinse can be very beneficial for scuba divers before diving for clearing their sinuses. According to the Divers Alert Network, the most commonly reported injuries during diving include pressure related injuries to diver’s ears and sinuses.  Although common, some of these injuries can be prevented.

Since Divers usually go to substantial depths below sea level, their bodies experience pressure exerted by the water column above them. This pressure is enough to cause injuries to human body which are called barotraumas. “Ear Squeeze” also known as middle ear barotraumas is a common problem encountered by divers due to changes in pressure during diving. Sinus barotraumas is also experienced by divers.

Detailed information about symptoms of barotraumas and pressure equalizing techniques can be found on the Divers Alert Network’s website.

Divers with existing sinus conditions associated with allergies, cold, flu or nasal congestion with mucus are strongly advised against diving. Divers have to equalize and clear their sinuses before and during diving to release the pressure exerted by the water.  Others with history of childhood ear infections, broken nose or deviated septum, hay fever, nasal polyps or any condition that may partially or completely occlude the sinus cavity or airway, may encounter problems in equalizing.

One safe and effective way to help keep your sinuses clear is natural saline nasal rinse. A high volume low pressure saline nasal rinse can flush out all the mucus or allergens present in the sinuses, which in turn, may help the diver equalize during ascent or descent.

NeilMed Sinus Rinse is a widely know and #1 physician recommended and research saline nasal irrigation system. NeilMed Sinus Rinse is very effective, easy to use and travel ready squeeze bottle system that can be used with Sinus Rinse Mixture packets for through nasal rinsing. It is also available with a premixed solution in the form of SinuFlo Ready Rinse, which is ideally suitable for divers as their activities may be located at places where boiled water or previously distilled water may not be available.

For further information on NeilMed Sinus Rinse or NeilMed SinuFlo Ready Rinse, please visit www.neilmed.com.

Disclaimer: Divers should always use discretion before descending into the water with any congestion issues. Divers are strongly encouraged to take professional advice before diving or performing any activity associated with diving.


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Neilmed Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the maker of original and patented SINUS RINSE ™ kit and #1 recommended and studied nasal irrigation system in the world with distribution mainly in the US and Canada. SINUS RINSE provides natural relief from sinusitis symptoms, allergies, common cold or flu, and other chronic sinus and nasal problems and obviates the need for surgeries and prescription medications in more than 50 % cases. Neilmed’s other products include SinuFlo Ready Rinse, NasaFlo Neti Pot, NasaMist Saline Spray, NasoGel Moisturizer for Dry Noses, NasaDrops Saline, NasaDock Plus Drying Stand. Neilmed’s products are also available in, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.


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