(Closed) I just tried a neti pot for the first time…

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i use something called neilmed sinus rinse.  still pretty weird and takes some getting used to.  if it stings, it means the ph is off.  either increase or decrease the salt/baking soda ration.  in order to avoid it going down your throat, you have to learn to relax and breathe normally.  good luck.

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@malisa0607: I use the neil med too, and I do it in the shower.

@Tunacupcakes: are you keeping your mouth open when you do it??

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Tunacupcakes: hmm that’s weird. I use the saline solution packets and mix with room temperature water. The packets might be better than just using plain water.

I can’t say its exactly comfortable to do, but it definitely works. Try getting the neil med, its a bottle with a tube in it so you don’t have to turn your head, and the pressure from the spray bottle will push all the stuff out your other nostril. I couldn’t get the neti pot to work

Post # 8
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273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i had to work up to a whole saline solution packet.  i started at half a packet for each nostril and it didn’t really burn for me.  is your nose already stuffed?  whenever my nostrils are already stuffy it’s hard for the solution to get through and ends up going down my throat instead.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I use the packets too.  The whole kit I bough was a plastic neti pot WITH the packets and I just followed the directions from that.  What about distilled water?

It should come out the other nostril.  It felt very very weird to me but never hurt.

And helps a TON.

Post # 10
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257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Tunacupcakes:  if you just used warm shower water, then it means the ph was not correct.  you need a little salt and baking soda to get the ph closer to your body’s ph. 

they sell the salt/baking soda mix in packets but i think it’s a waste of money so i premix my salt and baking soda and use 1/8 teaspoon per bottle of water.  any more or any less and it starts stinging.

i’ve been using the neilmed bottle for years. it was my lifesaver after sinus surgery two months ago.

Post # 11
Hostess
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I like the sinus rinse too.  You need to use a saline solution in order to keep it from hurting your nose.  Neilmed makes one.  I use the squeeze bottle and just sit there and breath through my mouth.  It doesn’t go down my throat at all.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes, plain water will burn.  You can either buy the packeets to mix with slightly warm tap water, or you can add regular salt to the water.  If it still burns, add more or less salt.  It takes a while to get the correct proportions, but when you get it right, it’s comfortable and you will feel better!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have to laugh- FI’s allergies have been so awful, he has been told by his doc the only other thing that would help is a neti pot.  I literally can’t know when he does it, because it seems so painful!  I use a saline nasal spray and I am happy with that.  Feel better though!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

keep trying, it gets easy.  

you have to bend forward at the right angle.  I find it easiest to do in the shower. 

Post # 16
Hostess
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you have your mouth open to breath? That helps me to not get it down my throat.  If not, I would start using the spray bottle instead of the neti-pot.

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