The Waterpik SinuSense Water Pulsator is a nasal irrigation system. It flushes mucus and allergens out of the sinuses using a saline solution and a battery-operated pump. This product has been discontinued and Waterpik does not have any similar products. Early models of the product leaked fluid into the battery compartment. For a similar nasal irrigator, see a review of the NeilMed Sinugator.
Nasal irrigation has been recommended as a drug-free way to help nasal congestion from allergies and sinus infections, which can occur more commonly in older people because of the changing physiology of their noses.
In fact, guidelines for physicians issued in 2012 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) suggest that nasal irrigation is a more effective treatment than antibiotics. More than 90 percent of these infections are caused by viruses, rather than bacteria, and antibiotics do not work against viruses.
The water pulsator is a battery-operated pump that screws onto a water reservoir. When you squeeze the trigger, a saline solution is pumped up from the reservoir through a nozzle, into one nostril. The solution rinses your nasal passages and runs out the other nostril.
Directions for Use:
According to the manufacturer, it can be used to relieve:
According to the package instructions, the device should not be used if:
Nasal irrigation can also be performed using the traditional Neti pot, but some people find that the passive rinse the Neti pot provides does not seem effective enough. In order to flush out the nasal passages and get rid of persistent congestion, some gentle water pressure may be required. One inexpensive option is the NeilMed Sinus Rinse squeeze bottle.
While Water Pik's SinuSense pulsator and similar devices are a little pricier, they do a great job of gently flushing out nasal congestion while giving you control over the pressure and speed with the battery-operated pump and trigger.
Some models manufactured between May 2010, and July 2011 leaked water into the device's battery compartment. After this, Water Pik launched a free exchange program to replace the device at no cost to consumers. The easiest way to tell which model you have is to check the reservoir: if it has a fill door, you have the newest model. If it doesn't, contact the manufacturer for details.