Ask the doctor: Do nasal saline washes prevent sinusitis flare-ups?

Q. I have chronic sinusitis that flares up into an infection a couple of times each year. Do nasal saline washes really help prevent flares?

A. There is no "cure" for chronic sinusitis, a long-term inflammatory condition that may cause nasal congestion, mucus, facial pain, or a diminished sense of smell. Many people with the condition wind up with flares (acute sinusitis) that require antibiotics and steroid sprays or pills.

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