How Do The Therapies Work?
Takashima explains that baby shampoo irrigation concept is aiming to clean up the nasal cavity with surfactant. The shampoo will break the oily layers which prevent the bad bacteria from being wiped away. This is a barrier that cannot be penetrate by a regular saline irrigation. Surprisingly baby shampoo can do it.
Takashima said that it actually work the same way as how the children wash their hand with soap to clean bacteria from their hands. So actually the concept can also be applied in sinuses.
To get the most effective result, every 8 ounces of saline must contain a half teaspoon of shampoo. You can make your own saline by mixing 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda with 3 heaping teaspoon of salt and store it in a small Ziplock bag. You can then add half teaspoon of baby shampoo and 1 teaspoon of the mixture you made before to 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled or boiled water.
You can use infant nasal bulb or a rubber earbud syringe to draw the solution, then flush your nostril with it gently.
Add a probiotic rinse to prevent recurrence and replenish the healthy bacteria. You can use the same instruction to create a saline solvent. The difference is, you will be adding a probiotic capsule’s content into the solution instead of baby shampoo.
Takashima said that he realized that something happened that cause a change in patient’s ability to fight sinus infection after hearing the patients told him that they were having trouble to shake the sinus even after a multiple course of antibiotic.
He said probiotic can be really helpful to replenish the good bacteria. It also useful to prevent the bad bacteria from coming again and infected the sinuses.
Since there are many different cause of sinus infection, Takashima advice to consult to the doctor before trying the irrigation at home. That way, you can make sure that you are treating the right cause.