(Closed) Anyone ever used a netti pot?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Did you use saline? You’re supposed to use saline because it helps “dry” the sinuses i think…

My friend swears by the neti pot, but my sis has only had mixed results. I kind of find it gross (no offense of course!) so I can’t speak personally.


Post # 4
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I LOVE my netti pot! You need to make sure that your head is tilted to the side enough. If it doesn’t work through one nostral, try the other one. If you’re REALLY filled up, you may need to do it more than once. It takes a bit to get used to the feeling. Also, when you’re all finished and you have the gross feeling of water triping from your nose to your mouth, sniff that water back up into your nose because the saline will help break things down in your sinuses.

Post # 6
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

my aunt (a doctor) told me that you can’t just use it once a day, it takes multiple rounds a day to actually do anything. then you have to follow it up with a spray like afrin.

sometimes i like the way it feels because it’s nice and warm. i hate the way it tastes when i accidentally get some in my mouth/throat. yuck.

i have the pot and the spray bottle. the spray bottle is way more intense because you control the pressure!

Post # 7
1313 posts
Bumble bee

I have never used one but my mom LOVES LOVES hers.

I’m sorry it didn’t work for you ๐Ÿ™

Maybe it just works for some and not others?

Post # 8
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have one and I used it like a year ago and I felt like I was drowning so I hadn’t used it until like a week ago and I have been using it every day and I dont have any allergies anymore right now. I dont know if it all has to do with the neti pot but i have to say I am now officially a neti-pot head lol

Post # 9
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mom uses one. She tried to get me to use it the last time I was sick. I told her I was too scared of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh yeah, you do have to do it like three times a day or so. I forgot about that.

Post # 12
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The first time I used one when I was REALLY congested, I couldn’t get the water to run through either.  Try to do it in the shower with a lot of steam when you are all loosened up.  Its really more of a preventative thing than a help solve a cold thing.  It helps with my allergies so they don’t turn into a sinus infection.

Post # 13
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah they feel disgusting. They say that if you are completely congested up, you shouldn’t use one. If you’re that congested you basically can’t get much up there anyways! I’ve used Afrin when I’m seriously desperate. Nettis are gross but effective (my dr said they’ve proven to be more effective than anything at staving off sinus infections, which i get like nobody’s business) so thanks for reminding me i need to use it to clean out the germs in my nose cuz i’ve been on sudafed for 4 days and starting to feel “it”. I don’t know that it does much for you once you ARE sick but i know it helps stave it off

Post # 14
1566 posts
Bumble bee

My Dr. just recommended it a few weeks ago. I really liked it and didn’t think it was gross at all. Then again, in the motherland we basically do the same thing but with regular water and our hands, so the Netipot was actually an improvement ๐Ÿ™‚

@KMSull: good luck figuring it out ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

The netti pot is the at home version of a nasal lavage at the doctor’s office.  For some types of nasal congestion, it won’t work.  Some types of nasal congestion are caused by swelling of the sinus, and irrigation won’t fix it.  You need to take an NSAID like ibuprofen instead.  But the netti pot is awesome for sinus infections and after a bloody nose!

Post # 16
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There are mixed results with them- if you have severe congestion most Drs will tell you to try ibuprofen and an antihistamine before trying the netti pot. The Netti Pot is more preventive from what I understand. Maybe that’s why it didn’t work? My two cents.

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