Salin ® – Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Salin device work? How many square feet will it cover? Should the Salin filter be cleaned or replaced? Does Salin need special care? Is it quiet? What is its size? Does it do negative ionization? Will Salin device interact with other medication? Is Salin contraindicated in low-salt diet? Will the other air cleaners remove the salt that Salin puts into the air? How does the device help in sleeping better? Is the device recommended for healthy people also? Are there any disorders that it is not recommended for? (e.g Down syndrome, Lennox Gastaut syndrome (severe form of epilepsy), etc? Can the Salt Pipe inhaler be used in place of the Salin device or would I need both? How does the device help with snoring? Is the device safe for infants and small children? How does it help for ear infections? How long does it take to notice a difference? Will the salt sting my eyes? My eyes burn and itch from allergies. Are there any special specifications? Can pets benefit from this therapy?
Q: How does the Salin device work? A: Salin device is an air salinizer – puts micro crystals of salt, under 5 microns with a majority of micro particles under 1 micron, into the indoor air for long time inhalation. The salt micro particles are able to penetrate deep into your lung and cleans, humidifies, absorbs inflammation and widens all the airways based on the fact that the natural salt has mucokinetic (fluidizes the mucus), anti inflammatory (absorbs edema from the mucosa lining the airways), anti bactericide(kills bacteria) and hydrophilic properties (absorbs edema and humidifies the airways).
Q: Does Salin need special care? A: The device should not be stored or used in a damp environment and it should not be sprayed with water. It is not recommended to use the device in spaces with high humidity or steam, in dusty spaces or with oily aerosols (kitchen), because the filter can get damaged. It is recommended to maintain a normal humidity level in your living space.
Q: Is it quiet? A: The device produces a noise that is very comparable with the noise of a running computer. However, there is a voltage divider and this will reduce the noise but will reduce also the quantity of the air that passes the filter and the manufacturer doesn’t recommend.
Q: Does it do negative ionization? A: The dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol has a considerable level of negative charge of the particles and this is leading to a negative ionization of the air surrounding the salt ions. Also, the inner surfaces of airways have a slight positive charge. Negatively charged particles of dry sodium chloride aerosol move in the lumen of respiratory tract and settle more intensively compared to neutral particles. In addition, the negative charge increases aerosol stability.
Q: Is Salin contraindicated in low-salt diet? A: No! The salt micro particles are so small that won’t be able to affect negatively a low-salt diet. When you breathe the salty air, the total amount of the inhaled salt is extremely small (under 0,2g/day in the first 10 days of usage and under 0,1g/day in the first month). These quantities of salt reach the epithelium surface and there are eliminated with the mucus. Considering this, it is estimated that the persons with salt restrictions, would have nothing to worry about.
Q: Will the other air cleaners take the salt out of the air that the Salin puts in the air? A: Even if the majority of salt micro particles are under 1 micron, some filters as HEPA can remove the salt micro particles from air. However, it is recommended that the device should be used at least 8 hours a day, and preferable during the night and to be ~25-30 inches from the patient, preferable at the same level (e.g. using a night table), and the air flows towards him. Using these directions you’ll be able to benefit of the salty air even if you use other air cleaners.
Q: How does the device help in sleeping better? A: Many people have noticed that they sleep better with Salin. This is because it helps in cleaning and widening all the airways, leading instead to an easier breathing and proper amount of oxygen in your blood, so better blood oxygenation. When you wake-up in the morning you’ll feel a fresh air and a clear mind.
Q: Is the device recommended for healthy people also? A: Yes! Because of its general healthy and hygiene effects, the Salin device is recommended not only for people suffering from respiratory problems, but also for healthy people to increase the immunity of the respiratory system. The device affects the flow of secretions of the respiratory passages and strengthens the vibrations of cilia, allowing the secretions to be removed quickly and respiratory passages to be cleared, bringing an easier and comfortable breathing pattern. Salin device frequently helps in clearing the nasal passages, diminishes the snoring and obtain a more relaxed and therapeutic sleep.
Q: Are there any disorders that it is not recommended for? (e.g Down syndrome, Lennox Gastaut syndrome (severe form of epilepsy), etc? A: No! This therapy is very safe, no side-effects and no interaction with other treatments. Unless the noise could disturb a very sensitive person, the salt therapy itself is very safe.
Q: Can the Salt Pipe inhaler be used in place of the Salin device or would I need both? A: Depending on your condition, you can use one or both of them. However it is recommended to get as much exposure of the salt therapy as you can. Salin Plus has to be plug-in and can be used during the night and have a long time exposure as you sleep, and the Salt Pipe is handy and small and could be used when you travel and are outside of your home. They are complementary products and should obtain great results if used as indicated.
Q: How does the device help with snoring? A: For many snorers has been noticed that they don’t snore as loud as before or they stop snoring. The sodium ion reduces the oro-pharyngeal and soft palate edema, often met with snoring, resulting in improvement and diminishing of snoring.
Q: Is the device safe for infants and small children? A: Yes! It is very safe! Fighting with flu and colds in infants and small children could give you a hard time. The SalinPlus device is a real help in opening and clearing the airways and get ride of stuffy nose and wake-ups during the night. A regular use of the device will increase the resistance to flu and cold and a faster recover after an episode.
Q: How does it help for ear infections? A: In infants and small children, ear infection could appear very often. To help them to get better sooner and reduce the rate of recurrence, you should place their bed under an angle (the head should stay upper then feet) and place the device close to the bed with the air stream towards them. In the auditory tube, edema of the Eustachian tube mucosa, causing obstruction and otitis media, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum). The fact the inhaled saline has bactericide and bacteriostatic properties also help.
Q: How long does it take to notice a difference? A: This is depending on your condition but you should notice soon the fresh and easy breathing air. At the same time, it is likely that there will be other noticeable and beneficial effects such as a reduction or cessation in the use of asthma inhalers. Any current medical problems, however must be given special attention. You should notice a difference in 2-3 weeks of intensive use. Soon, for many snorers it was noticed that they don’t snore as loud as before or stop snoring. All natural therapies takes some time and perseverance but with Salin therapy many people got impressive results. Is not something that you should use it once and be cured. You should use it intensive at least in the first month, day by day, and as long as you can. The more exposure, the more benefits you get. You should consider it in your daily activity as long as you have asthma/allergy symptoms and change the saline filter every 4-6 months, depending on your condition. The clinical studies and the people that have used it have noticed a decrease in the daily intake of the synthetic drugs, a decrease in asthma attacks and annual hospitalization and a good general state.
Q: Will the salt sting my eyes? My eyes burn and itch from allergies. A: The salty air will not harm your eyes because the salt micro particles are very, very small, under 5 microns with a majority under 1 micron; you cannot feel the salt into air or taste salty. Also, in speleotherapy (salt cave therapy) has been noticed the allergen free micro environment due to bactericide and bacteriostatic properties of the salt.
Q: Are there any special specifications? A: Sometimes, in the first period of utilization, it is possible an accentuation of the coughing phenomenon. The fluidization of the secretion in the respiratory system leads to the elimination of these secretions. Coughing has an important part in this mechanism. If the coughing strokes give you too much trouble you can set the voltage of the device to 6V or you can reduce the usage. REMEMBER that coughing, in this case, is not something to alarm for, unless it is too intense. You should then increase the usage step by step, from 1-2 hours to 6-8 hours daily and in less than 3 weeks the phenomenon mentioned above will disappear. We recommend the same method in any other case of changes in your health state. In the first days of use, the amount of salt into the air is increasing so it is possible that the effects on your respiratory system are too intense.
Q: Can pets benefit from this therapy? A: YES! Thinking now about pets, they are part of our life, day and night, including their problems. A dog / cat snoring or asthma-allergy pattern is very much the same as ours and looking for a solution is not a problem anymore, as the salinized air will work great also for them.