NeilMed Pharmaceuticals - Sinugator Cordless Pulsating Nasal Wash
NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Sinugator Cordless Pulsating Nasal Wash is used to treat post nasal drip, as well as nasal dryness from occupational and house dust, fumes, animal dander, grass, pollen, and smoke. NeilMed Sinu Gator is soothing, and works with no burning or stinging. SinuGator is a large volume and low pressure system for saline nasal irrigation, moisturization and daily nasal hygiene. Sinugator comes with 30 premixed packets of USP-Grade Sodium Chloride & Sodium Bicarbonate (with a purity level of 99% or higher). Sinugator is an excellent cleansing product that can be used prior to spraying nasal corticosteroids. One packet will leave water pH Balanced and Isotonic. The mixture becomes Hypertonic with two or more packets. Sinugator's pulsatile flow is suitable for use after sinus surgery and during pregnancy. The NeilMed Sinugator cordless Pulsating Nasal Wash is an easy to use system that allows you to deliver the saline solution with positive and pulsatile pressure to clean the nasal passages thoroughly.
Why do leading doctors insist on NeilMed's brand over other saline products?
- Physician researched, developed, patented & constantly perfected
- USA and Canada's #1 prescribed system for nasal and sinus irrigation
- No burning or stinging guaranteed
- Affordable and portable
- Semi transparent bottle, rather than solid or opaque, makes it easy to visually inspect for cleanliness
- USP (pharmaceutical grade) Sodium Chloride & Sodium Bicarbonate mixture for a moisturizing & soothing nasal rinse
- A Volume therapeutic saline nasal irrigation and moisturizing system, not an ordinary saline spray
- Large volume irrigation is a must for the best relief from allergies and sinus congestion
- Endorsed by allergists and ENT surgeons nationwide
Are nasal Spray Bottles or Pressurized Spray Cans considered a nasal wash, nasal rinse or nasal lavage system?
The answer is simply NO. One can compare the effectiveness of using a garden hose to clean sticky mud off a windshield to cleaning it with a small spray bottle. There are various spray products on the market, but they are just moisturizers and cannot be considered as nasal wash systems by any means. It is just not possible to get a sufficient volume lavage using a spray system. You can also check with your doctor. For a true nasal lavage, wash or douche, one needs volume. Also, when one instills the solution up in one nasal passage, the flow should continue upwards, go over the septum and start the down flow through the other nasal passage. If you do not achieve this then you will not have thorough cleansing job.
With a few seconds squeeze on NeilMed’s Sinus Rinse bottle, you get at least 30 ml (1 oz.) to 60 ml (2 oz.) or even a higher volume of rinse. With a few seconds spray from a pressurized can or a few sequential squeezes on spray bottles, you may get a minuscule volume of 0.5 mL to 5 mL at the most. Certainly, it will have a good moisturizing effect, but will not wash out the excessive mucus or allergens. They definitely have a place for applying moisture to the nasal passages, but will not do the required nasal hygiene or cleansing NeilMed’s Sinus Rince or any other manufacturer’s large volume irrigation system can provide. In our opinion, one needs 4 oz. (120 mL) to 16 oz. (480 mL) for proper irrigation. Please do not forget the cost difference. One regular packet of NeilMed’s Sinus Rinse makes 8 oz. of solution and box of 100 packets will make 800 oz.
Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice used for thousands of years in India. When Dr. Ketan C. Mehta moved to the United States in 1981 to further his medical training, he had no idea he'd find his future in this ancient tradition. Dr. Mehta is a practicing physician who specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine in Santa Rosa, California. In his practice, he has relied mostly on the constantly evolving Western medical technologies. However, after suffering from chronic sinus disease and trying a range of treatments to control his symptoms—including corrective surgery—he discovered that the most effective therapy was the ancient practice of nasal irrigation. In his practice, he began prescribing this simple treatment to patients. A large number of patients did improve after trying nasal irrigation. However, they returned with the same symptoms when they stopped doing nasal rinses on a daily basis.
In January 2000, Dr. Mehta formed NeilMed Pharmaceuticals and began marketing the Sinus Rinse kit. This effective and soothing volume nasal rinse system incorporates years of medical knowledge and the invaluable suggestions of medical colleagues and patients. Due to the product's effectiveness and widespread acceptance by doctors, Sinus Rinse is now the #1 physician prescribed nasal irrigation system in the United States and Canada. It is also widely available in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, NeilMed is the #1 brand in North America for large volume saline nasal irrigation devices. NeilMed's goal is to ensure the highest possible quality, effectiveness and safety for devices, at an affordable price. They are highly committed to meeting applicable regulatory, customer and quality standards and achieving increasing levels of customer satisfaction. Today they support medical research at several university medical centers. NeilMed Pharmaceuticals offers a full line of nasal irrigation and health products designed to help children and adults breathe more freely and comfortably through their nose.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I prefer a higher concentration of salt solution?
Some physicians do recommend Hypertonic (double or triple the concentration) solutions in certain cases. They believe that a higher concentrated solution will draw the fluid and mucus out of congested nasal and sinus openings.
If you prefer higher salinity or Hypertonic solution, you can use 2 to 3 of our blue mixture packets in 240 mL Packet. Each NeilMed™ Hypertonic packet will make 240 mL (8 fl oz) of Hypertonic solution or 480 mL (16 fl oz) of Isotonic solution.
What is the advantage of sinus rinsing?
Some amount of mucus production from the nasal and sinus lining is normal. Allergies and infections will cause excessive mucus production. This creates nasal and sinus symptoms such as a runny and stuffy nose and post-nasal drip. When you perform a nasal rinse, you wash away excess mucus and irritants such as pollen, dust particles, pollutants and bacteria, thus reducing inflammation of the mucus membrane. Normal mucosa will fight infections and allergies better, and symptoms may be reduced.
How is a Sinus Rinse performed?
For a true nasal rinse (also known as wash, douche or lavage), you need a large volume of saline—at least 60 mL to 120 mL (2to 4 fl oz) —in each nasal passage, delivered with low pressure or gravity method. You need a total of 120 mL (4 fl oz) to 240 mL (8 fl oz) to wash both sides of your nasal passages. When you squeeze the solution up into your nasal Passage, the flow should continue upwards, go over the septum and flow down through the other nasal passage. This ensures that all allergens, irritants, excess mucus and other materials in the path of the flow are removed from the nasal passage. Until this flow cycle occurs, you will not achieve a thorough cleansing job.
Why do you need low pressure?
A low pressure will ensure that no discomfort is experienced in ears or sinuses.
Why do you need such a large volume?
A large volume of saline solution creates a momentum that sweeps away all allergens, excess mucus, pollutants, dust and animal dander in the path of the flow.
How do I reduce the problem of dust mites?
Clean all the areas where dust may be collecting. Carpets and sofa upholstery should be vacuumed on a regular basis. Wash pillow cases, sheets and blankets in hot water. Enclose mattresses and pillows in special allergy proof encasements. You can also contact an allergy care product company for more details.
What is perennial allergic rhinitis?
This occurs when a person develops symptoms throughout the year whenever he or she is exposed to specific allergens, such as dust or cat dander.
What is mold?
Mold is a fungus. It can be present in any area where it is damp and warm, especially in basements, bathrooms, kitchens and water damaged areas, such as wood, carpets, water coolers and heater fans.
Does rhinitis or sinusitis affect asthma?
It has been established that there is a definite correlation between the symptoms of rhinitis, chronic sinusitis and asthma. Curing or reducing rhinitis or sinusitis may improve the symptoms of asthma significantly. Approximately 80% of the patients suffering from allergic asthma have coexisting allergic rhinitis.
Can you name a few allergens?
There are indoor allergens as well as outdoor allergens. Examples of indoor allergens include dust mites, molds, pet dander (from animals and birds) and pests. Examples of outdoor allergens are pollen, grass, wood dust and mold. Other substances such as cigarette smoke, perfumes and aerosol spray can be irritants and worsen allergy and sinus symptoms, or can act as allergens themselves.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucosa of various sinuses.
What is rhinitis?
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucosa (delicate lining of the inner body surfaces) of nasal passages.
What are the causes of rhinitis and sinusitis?
- Cold viruses
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Grass and smog
- Dust or environmental pollutants
- Nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum
- GERD or moderate to severe acid reflux
What are sinuses?
Sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones of the face. There are three pairs of sinuses: frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and one single sinus at the skull base that is called sphenoid. Each pair connects to the nose through small openings called ostia and acts to humidify and warm the air we breathe, add to our sense of smell and taste, and play a significant role in the quality of human sound. Additionally, these air-filled pockets help lighten our heavy skulls, making it easier to keep our heads upright.
Sinuses are lined with a mucous membrane called the mucosa. When your sinuses are healthy, they secrete a thin layer of mucus over the mucosa that drains into the nasal passages through the ostia. The mucosa acts as a filter to trap inhaled germs, dust, pollens, and environmental pollutants before they can reach your respiratory system. When the sinuses are inflamed or irritated, the ostia become blocked. Mucus accumulates inside the sinuses and becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
What is the estimated number of people suffering from allergic rhinitis and sinusitis?
The two most common illnesses that affect our sinuses are rhinitis and sinusitis. In the United States alone, it is estimated that from 30 to 50 million people suffer from one of these conditions. Our goal as a medical product company is to join forces with others in the health care field to help people suffering from these symptoms. Large volume nasal irrigation is considered by most ENT allergists, and also now supported with extensive medical literature, to be the first line of treatment for symptomatic relief of nasal and sinus symptoms due to all causes. We do not claim that our product Sinus Rinse will cure the problem, but we can certainly say that either alone or with other medical therapies, it will reduce symptoms and may eliminate the need for prescription medication. Recent study show that NeilMed Sinus Rinse with nasal corticosteroid sprays improve the quality of nasal sinus symptoms.
Can nasal rinses prevent or reduce a head cold or flu symptoms?
In the initial stages of a head cold and/or flu, saline rinses in large volume help reduce excess mucus and keep sinus passages clear.
Can I drink alcohol during acute or chronic symptoms of rhinitis and sinusitis?
Some individuals may get skin flushing and nasal congestion with the use of alcohol. Alcohol worsens these symptoms and it is recommended that you check first with your doctor or do not use alcohol during these symptoms.
What is FESS & ESS?
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is a commonly used term for endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and generally involves very little post-operative discomfort. Current technology including fiber optics, video cameras, high resolution video monitors and high resolution advanced CAT scanners allow excellent examination of all openings of the sinuses, nasal turbinates and nasal septum. When required, surgery will restore the anatomy to as normal as possible or more likely as functional as possible by removing obstructions and improving drainage. FESS or ESS can help improve or in a lot of cases cure the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.
What is a corticosteroid nasal spray?
Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory drugs. They are not anabolic steroids. Physicians prescribe corticosteroid nasal sprays to reduce chronic inflammation of the mucosa (mucus membrane) of nasal passages and sinuses.
What are antihistamines?
Antihistamines are the most common medications used to treat allergies. They work by blocking the effects of histamine, which is released during an allergic reaction. They help relieve the symptoms of sneezing, itchy nose and eyes and runny nose. They are not as helpful with nasal congestion. They could be prescription or over the counter at your local store.
Can I sterilize the bottle, cap and tube in boiling water?
No. This will destroy the plastic material.
Microwave Disinfection - Clean the device with soap and water and shake off the excess water. Now place the bottle, cap and tube in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This will disinfect the device. There are no independent research studies to suggest that this is necessary, however, it is recommended by NeilMed. There are research studies in progress and it will take 1-2 years to publish the results.
How do I clean the cap and tubing?
You can use a brush to clean the cap. If you feel that the system is contaminated, you could also use 70% isopropyl alcohol or white, distilled vinegar. After the use of vinegar or alcohol, make sure that you rinse the entire system with distilled or previously boiled water. Do not keep the cap or tubing in water with temperature above 1200 F. Make sure that you do not instill alcohol or vinegar into the nasal passages. To clean the tube, disconnect and rinse it.
Can I place the bottle in a dishwasher for cleaning purposes?
No. The mouth of the bottle is too narrow to clean it thoroughly in the dishwasher. It is recommended that it be cleaned by hand.
When do I need to replace the bottle, tube, and cap?
If the system is clean and functioning then there is no need to replace it. If the system is not working or has started leaking, use our order form and we will send it to you.
Can I share the bottle with another family member?
This is not recommended due to the possibility of transmitting infection to others.
Ketan C. Mehta, MD and Nina Mehta, founded NeilMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in January 2000 from Dr. Mehta's medical office and in a short span of 12 years, grew to 300 employees. NeilMed is the largest manufacturer and supplier of LVLP (Large Volume Low Pressure) saline nasal irrigation systems in the world. The NeilMed brand of products help alleviate common nasal and sinus symptoms in a simple, safe, effective and affordable way. The company supplies millions of products to end users through various trade channels. NeilMed’s headquarters & manufacturing facility is based in Santa Rosa, California, USA. In addition worldwide offices and warehouses are located in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Malaysia, Singapore and India. At present active expansions are taking place in Southeast Asia and South America. NeilMed supplies to dozens of distributors in multiple countries. The unique business model has been a very strict vertical integration for achieving precision and fast execution at all levels. NeilMed prides itself in being a part of the small community of Santa Rosa, located in the heart of Sonoma County's wine country of Northern California.
Flagship products are NeilMed Sinus Rinse and NeilMed NasaFlo Neti Pot which are available in most stores in USA, Canada and several other countries. NeilMed currently has over 22 different products for nasal and sinus care and all the products are OTC (over the counter). With a small team of extremely dedicated, loyal and hard working leadership group, NeilMed continues to formulate innovative ideas to market. In additions diversification plans include the introduction of surgical devices for hospital and emergency rooms. NeilMed supports medical research in several countries and believes in excellent 24 hour live customer service, helping local communities, donating for natural disasters and educating health care professionals and consumers.
The mission of the company is safety, affordability and effectiveness to sustain long-term growth and create drug free and effective nasal / sinus care for millions of consumers worldwide.