[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.205.19.31. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
May 2, 1914

A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE METHOD OF NASAL AND NASOPHARYNGEAL DOUCHING

Author Affiliations

Chicago Assistant Professor in the Department of Nose, Throat and Ear, Rush Medical College

JAMA. 1914;LXII(18):1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.25610430001015
Abstract

The danger inherent in the commercially advertised douches is so evident as to warrant their general condemnation. The objection to them lies in the turned-back position of the head required in their use, since that position encourages entrance of infective fluids not only into the eustachian tubes but also into the sphenoidal, and to a lesser extent, into the anterior ethmoidal, frontal and antral sinuses. Not only that, but the flooding of the nasal cavity and the nasopharyngeal space by the sudden pouring in of a large amount of fluid makes the flow of some of this liquid into these sinuses almost inevitable. And even more, the influx of a large amount of fluid into the nasopharynx almost inevitably sets up a coughing and hawking and swallowing which is likely to throw the eustachian tube open just at the dangerous moment. Nasal douches requiring the tipping back of the head,

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×