Benefits of Kuraflo® Nebulising + Rinsing Solution
- Infections of lower airways (laryngitis, tracheitis, croup, bronchitis, bronchiolitis)
- Thick, sticky phlegm
- Before chest physiotherapy to improve expectoration
- Swelling and oedema of airways
- Airway irritation (inhaled dust, pollutants, smoke or pollen)
- Has equally beneficial effects on upper airway when nebulised.
- Nasal allergies
- Dry, crusty nasal membranes
- Sinusitis, rhinitis
- Post nasal drip
- Sinus pressure headaches
- Nasal congestion
- Flu and cold symptoms
- Nasal irritants (occupational or environmental)
What is Kuraflo® Nebulising + Rinsing Solution
The Kuraflo® nasal rinse bottle allows for comfortable moderate pressure and high flow douching. Lukewarm solution should be used as extreme temperatures not only cause discomfort but negatively affect ciliary function.
A Happy Kuraflo® Mum
My two-year old son contracted the RS virus* a couple of weeks ago and ended up hospitalised. He is now sick again. Same problem. So, I went to buy Kuraflo and nebulised him as soon as we got home. When I picked him up from crèche, his chest was wheezing bad. After nebulising with Kuraflo only once, the wheezing stopped! It didn’t even stop when I used the prescribed medication for the nebuliser. I am so impressed!— Riëtte
*Respitory Syncytial Virus
Respiratory Mucous Membranes
Beside gas exchange, the respiratory tract fulfils an important protective and immunological role through its mucous membranes.
Mucosa lines the entire inside of upper (nose, sinuses, middle ear, pharynx and larynx) and lower (trachea, bronchi, bronchioli and alveoli) airways. It is covered by two distinct layers of mucus: a thinner or sol layer covering the immediate membrane and a more viscous or gel layer spread over the sol layer.
The uppermost or viscous layer traps impurities (dust, pollen, bacteria, viruses etc.) whereas the thinner mucus below this bathes the cilia, facilitating their beating movements and thereby the transport of mucus. Both layers participate in the humidification of the inspired air.
Mucus and its load of foreign material are transported toward the pharynx where they are either swallowed or expectorated.
Even slight disturbances to the equilibrium of airway mucosa, such as temperature or humidity changes, can increase the susceptibility to respiratory diseases. More severe interference with the integrity of the mucociliary clearance such as crusting, pus, large amounts of dust or pollen etc. can lead to debilitating conditions with serious effects on the quality of life.
Maintenance of mucosal health is therefore of importance in prevention of respiratory ailments. Restitution of mucosal health supports the fight against a variety of sinonasal conditions.
Effects of Nasal Douching
Nasal irrigation with hypertonic bicarbonate-buffered saline is a safe, simple and inexpensive way of improving and maintaining mucosal health in the upper respiratory tract. The saline jet through the nose mechanically removes large crusts, clots, dust or particle.
The osmotic effect of the hypertonic solution leads to shrinking of mucous membranes improving nasal airflow and drainage from sinuses or middle ear towards the nose.
Hypertonicity results in prolonged production of thinner mucus through osmotic effects on the mucosa giving a more sustained cleansing effect after irrigation has been completed.
Hypertonic saline has an antimicrobial and immunomodulatory effect. Bicarbonate has a mucolytic effect resulting in thinner, more easily transportable secretions and reduces inflammation by reducing the amount of inflammatory mediators present in infective nasal secretions. It improves mucociliary clearance and increased ciliary beat frequencies through the use of buffered hypertonic solutions.
Rinsing of nasal and paranasal spaces can be used as a first-line or adjunctive treatment for:
- Allergic Rhinitis — to reduce allergen load, inflammatory mediators and associated swelling.
- Common Cold — to decongest, to thin and remove secretions, to remove viral particles.
- Acute and Chronic Sinusitis — to wash out purulent secretions and crusts, to decongest and liquify mucus, to unblock passages between nasal and paranasal cavities.
- Workplace Air Pollutants — to reduce particle load in the nose and minimize the effect on mucociliary function.
- Postoperatively after nasal surgery — to wash out clots, crusts and mucus, to reduce postoperative swelling and to help restart normal mucous membrane function.
- — to reduce incidence of viral URTIs in patients subjected to high viral loads such as health care workers, children and employees at day care centres and schools.
- — to moisten membranes subjected to air-conditioning or extremely dry or hot conditions (e.g. air-travellers, farm, road and construction workers)
- Rhinitis Gravidarum or Pregnancy Rhinitis — to reduce swelling, improve nasal airflow and reduce possible secondary infections.
- Special Conditions affecting the mucociliary clearance such as cystic fibrosis or primary ciliary dyskinesia.
In all these cases nasal douching helps to reduce the use of unnecessary or even counter-productive medication in the treatment of various sinonasal conditions.
- Posttraumatic or postsurgical defects between nasal or paranasal cavities and surrounding tissues may cause spread of infected material into these tissues.
- Certain laryngeal, neurological or neuromuscular conditions can lead to an enhanced risk of aspiration.
- Burning or stinging from the solution especially at the beginning of treatment.
- Anxiousness, choking or swallowing of some of the rinse solution is sometimes experienced when nasal irrigation is first used.
Nebulise with 4 to 5 ml regularly as directed by your physician. Frequency of use should be adjusted to severity of the symptoms and can range from hourly to twice daily nebulisations.
Fill the nebulising chamber to the desired level by pouring directly from the spout. The remaining fluid in the container will remain sterile. Clean the chamber of your nebuliser after each use. This solution can also be used directly for rinsing or spraying the nose.