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Hi Nanaz,

Im in Melbourne, Australia, and use a product called Flo which is a sinus and nasal douche - see: http://www.enttech.com.au/products/flo-sinus-care - which has eliminated my problems with crusty/bleeding nostrils, hay fever and post-nasal drip that I suffered with for years. I continue to use it once a day in the mornings.

The problem is that it is expensive to buy the refill sachets (am on a pension) and Im looking to make up my own solution at home which would be a safe, long-term equivalent to the ingredients the manufacturer shows on the packaging. It states: Sodium Chloride (0.75mg/ml when reconstituted), Potassium Chloride and Xylitol.

I have found on the internet that I could use equal parts (1/4-1/2 tspn) of non-iodized salt, baking/bi-carb soda & xylitol but, after trying that recipe, I have an extremely unpleasant chemical smell/taste in my nose for the rest of the day. I have a very strong sense of smell whereas my cousin, following that recipe, has no problem with it. (She can hardly smell anything at anytime, though.) Is it the bi-carb soda thats doing it?

Can you suggest anything else I could substitute the Flo ingredients with and still result in the same fabulous result?
Many thanks,
Lyn

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Hi,

The xylitol or bi carb may have caused the unpleasant smell/taste.  

You can try saline nasal spray or netti pot to clear crustiness and hay fever.  Throat lozenges can be used for post nasal drip.  I know these are not homemade recipes, but they are worth trying.

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Nanaz Khosrowshahi

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

Experience

I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

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American Pharmacists Association 2007

Education/Credentials
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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