Setting Up Your Nose Cleaner Is Super Easy!
Except for the Nasal Dock, the Nose Cleaner comes completely assembled, and the two AA batteries are pre-installed. All you have to do is attach the Nasal Dock by pressing it into the Mechanical Module (Fig 1).
1. Fill the Upper Tank to the Fill Line with warm water (Fig. 2). See page 6 of the Owner's Manual for important information about water.
2. Place a new, unused SaltPod capsule in the crushing chamber, foil-side down (Fig. 3). Please note, the device will only work with a new, unused SaltPod capsule in the crushing chamber.
3. Close the Lid firmly until you hear it click shut, and do not reopen it (Fig. 4). No peeking!
4. Gently shake the device for a second or two to mix the SaltPod capsule contents with the water in the Upper Tank.
5. Run a little water over the Nose Pillows to make them easier to slip into your nostrils.
6. Arrows on the Nasal Dock indicate the direction of flow (Fig. 5). Note that the rinse goes into the nose through one Nose Pillow, and out of the nose through the other.
7. Locate the Power Button, and firmly push the button all the way in. The pump will start and the Drain Valve will open, causing saline to flow from the Upper Tank into one nostril, around the back of the nose, and out the other nostril into the Lower Tank. The first few times, do this in front of a mirror and over a sink. Don’t worry, you’ll be a pro in no time!
8. Observing the 3 P's guarantees your success with Naväge:
POSITIONING: Insert the Nose Pillows into your nostrils and center them. Do not block the pillow tips against the nasal walls. The pillows should be in snug, but not too snug. The flexible pillow stems can be bent to obtain a centered, comfortable fit (Fig. 6). It’s essential to keep the Nose Pillow tips centered and unblocked.
PRESSURE: Press the pillows into your nose firmly enough to create a seal. Once the cycle starts, back off a little. This will increase the flow. If you are pressing too hard and one of the pillow tips gets blocked against the nasal wall, then the suction will decrease or stop, and you may get water down your throat, slow flow, or no flow at all. That’s why you should try backing off a little. Wiggling the nose pillows around in your nostrils can also help improve the seal.
POSTURE: Keep your head level, look forward, stand up straight, and don’t bend over (Fig. 7). Breathe normally through your mouth.
9. Nasal irrigation is safe and effective, and because it is all-natural and drug-free, you can do it as often as you wish. To quickly get the hang of it, we recommend using your Naväge several times in a row when you’re first learning.
10. Standard Nose Pillows fit the vast majority of Naväge users. However, if you are among those for whom the Standard Pillows aren’t quite right, Small and Extra-Large Nose Pillows are available at navage.ca.
11. A Naväge cycle can last from 10 to 60 seconds depending on how congested you are, and on your personal anatomy. Most cycles last from 15 to 30 seconds. When the Upper Tank is empty, the cycle is complete.
12. 100% sinus blockage is rare, and nasal irrigation can help relieve even the most stuffed up sinus condition. If you are completely congested and can’t breathe through your nose at all, see Troubleshooting Tip #5 on the Troubleshooting page.
13. When you’re finished, release the Power Button and remove the Nose Pillows from your nostrils. Most users will have a little saline left in their nose. Tilt your head forward and gently blow your nose.
14. Twist off the Lower Tank and empty it. Clean your device according to the instructions on our Video Support page.
- If you experience pain during use, stop immediately. If the pain continues, consult a health care professional.
- About water. The US FDA advises using filtered, distilled, or previously boiled water for nasal irrigation. The US Centers for Disease Control provides detailed information about boiling, filtering, and disinfecting water for nasal irrigation at www.cdc.gov. The University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine advises that in North America, luke warm tap water from municipal water systems or intact wells deeper than 40 feet is safe for saline solution preparation. If these criteria are not met or if water safety is in doubt, distilled water or tap water boiled and then cooled to room temperature is recommended.
- Most users prefer to warm their water prior to use. Do not overheat the water, it should be lukewarm to the touch and not hotter than about 85°-90°F (29°- 32°C).
- Rinsing your nasal passages with plain, unsalted water will cause stinging and considerable discomfort.
- Consult your physician before use if you recently had ear or nose surgery.
- Nose bleeds are a rare but known side effect of saline nasal irrigation. Consult your physician if you experience a nose bleed after use.
- Do not use if your nasal passages are 100% blocked and you cannot breathe through either nostril. 100% blockage is rare, and nasal irrigation can help relieve even the most stuffed up sinus condition. See Troubleshooting Tip #5 on the Troubleshooting page for more details.
- Do not use if you have an ear infection or if your ears are blocked.
- Ear popping and ear fullness are rare but known side effects of nasal irrigation that typically resolve on their own in a short time. Discontinue use and consult your physician if the condition persists.
- Consult a health care practitioner if you are using the Naväge Nose Cleaner to relieve congestion due to a nasal illness and there is no improvement after use; or if your symptoms persist or worsen; or if you have a persistently thick and yellow or green discharge; or if skin at the base of the nostrils becomes raw or crusted.
- Terminate use if no saline appears in the lower tank after 60 seconds.
- Do not use continuously for longer than three minutes.
- To prevent cross infection between users, the Naväge Nose Cleaner should not be shared.
- Not for use by children eleven years of age and younger.
- Clean the nose pillows and device after each use according to the cleaning instructions.
- Using the product with illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs except when prescribed by a physician is prohibited, may damage the device, voids the warranty, and may cause serious injury.
- Use only as indicated in the Owner's Manual instructions or as directed by your physician.
The US FDA advises using filtered, distilled, or previously boiled water for nasal irrigation, and that water “passed through a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller” is safe for nasal irrigation. See this link to the FDA website: www.fda.gov/.
Nasal irrigation is safe and effective, and doctors advise that it can be practiced as often as you wish. Once you get the hang of it, we recommend using your Naväge several times in a row to help quickly master the art of nasal cleansing. Please also see the Naväge Owner’s Manual for additional information, including Cleaning Instructions and Troubleshooting Tips:
Owner’s Manual (English)
Owner’s Manual (French)
If you need assistance, please call Customer Service at 800 203-6400. Our reps are daily Naväge users themselves, and they are eager to help!