Steam fails snot test for sinusitis

Steam inhalation is ineffective for chronic sinusitis whereas nasal irrigation produces long-term symptomatic and other benefits, a real-world study in primary care shows.

A prospective study of 871 patients recruited by 72 GP clinics in the UK found that offering brief advice on nasal irrigation resulted in significant improvements in chronic or recurrent sinus symptoms over a six-month period.

Patients who irrigated their nose with 150mL saline daily showed improvements in