How nasal irrigation can alleviate congestion

Over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays can treat nasal congestion, but an effective, drug-free way to treat congestion is nasal irrigation. There's a good chance you may come down with a cold or the flu this season, so now is a good time to pick up FSA-eligible cold & flu remedies to prepare for the coming months.

Can can an FSA apply to nasal irrigation?

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), you can use it to start your nasal irrigation regimen with FSA-eligible products! Visit to explore Neti pots, bulb syringes, saline mists, nasal sprays and more to tackle your worst cold & flu symptoms.

What is nasal irrigation?

Nasal irrigation (or nasal washing) involves flushing out nasal passages with saline solution. This washing results in expelling excess mucous and irritants. Sometimes people will try snorting water through cupped hands, but devices such as a Neti pot work well to treat congestion. The devices allow salt water to flow easily through the nasal passages. Pre-filled bottles of saline solution are available or you can make your own saline solution as home.

Physicians encourage nasal irrigation for sinus problems, nasal allergies, and cold & flu symptoms. Regular nasal irrigation can thin nasal secretions to alleviate congestion and relieves nasal dryness. Nasal irrigation can reduce dependency on medications like antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants and asthma medications. Nasal irrigation can reduce snoring, reduce the frequency of nose bleeds and prevent upper respiratory infections.

Is nasal irrigation right for me?

Nasal irrigation is often recommended as a cost-effective solution for treating nasal congestion. People using nasal irrigation should see some results after 1-2 sessions. Over the long run, people should see a major improvement in chronic sinus symptoms.

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