(Closed) neti pot!?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 33
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Helper bee

@sugarcube: I know I’m a bit late in the game here, but I work for a sinus surgeon and we get pretty much all of our patients to use the  squirt bottle. We prefer the Sinus Rinse because the cap is easy to get a good seal with. Like MissHoneyBun said, you get a better result from positive pressure irrigation than with the neti pot, because it can more effectively displace the mucus.

Also, if you use a squirt bottle it’s over faster!

I know it’s intimidating when you first start doing it, but once you get the hang of it, it really makes things feel better πŸ™‚ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezPwORqlMwo ehehehe

This has already been said, but breathing through your mouth, or even holding your breath, will stop the water from going down the back of your nose. The goal is to get most of the irrigated solution out the other nostril so make sure you keep your head tilted down in the sink!

If you use a decongestant spray for a few days in conjunction with irrigation (not sure if Drixine is sold in the US), it might help to open your nose back up.

 

PS>. not a doctor, not medical advice, if you’re dying go to hospital, yada yada. πŸ™‚

Post # 34
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Helper bee

Oh, and also, you might be able to get rid of the drowny sensation if you sort of do a big honk after the water washes out… kind of like what surfers do when they’re dumped by a wave. I know if I’m a bit blocking and do a wash, I need to do a pretty big blow to clear my head.

And one more thing, definitely keep using it once every couple of days after your cold clears up! The saline rinse can really help with the allergy stuff if you get itchy and runny nose.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MissHoneyBun: I second this. The teapot ones are lame… I’d say for maintenance or something. When I had a sinus infection, I had the squirt bottle one and my lord… what came out of my nose nearly made me gag.

I still find them kind of uncomfortable/awkward, but swear by them. If you do a big nose-blow after, be careful. When I blow mine hard after using, my ears pop really bad. Owch.

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@sugarcube: Sorry you didn’t have any luck with the neti pot. Hey, at least you tried! Hopefully, this squirt bottle will work. I just started using my neti pot again this morning. I have bad seasonal allergies and they are just starting to act up. I’ll use it 2x a day for the next few months. I hope you are feeling better!

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

i’ve heard great things, but i am terrified of using one… i just can’t do it. the drowning feeling would make me freak. out.

Post # 41
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Honey bee

LOVE THE  NETI POT!!!

Seriously. Love it. I just used it the first time this winter when I had a terrible cold and sinus infection. I used it twice a day for 3 or 4 days and it helped SO much. love love loe

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse system. It sounds really modern and crazy but it’s just a squirt bottle essentially. You mix in the packet of salt/baking soda and fill it with water to the line. You hold it up to one nostril and close the other and squeeze until you think you’ve used about half the bottle and then switch. I love mine, even when I’m super congested it clears it right out. I have to admit it’s nasty to see the stuff that comes out when I’m sick. It works wonders for me and there’s no awkward head tilting at a crazy angle or anything like that. I bought it right at the drug store, Walgreens or RiteAid or whatever and I love it. My mom’s doctor recommended it to her and she uses it every day twice a day, sick or not, and it cures her chronic sinus infections.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse system. It sounds really modern and crazy but it’s just a squirt bottle essentially. You mix in the packet of salt/baking soda and fill it with water to the line. You hold it up to one nostril and close the other and squeeze until you think you’ve used about half the bottle and then switch. I love mine, even when I’m super congested it clears it right out. I have to admit it’s nasty to see the stuff that comes out when I’m sick. It works wonders for me and there’s no awkward head tilting at a crazy angle or anything like that. I bought it right at the drug store, Walgreens or RiteAid or whatever and I love it. My mom’s doctor recommended it to her and she uses it every day twice a day, sick or not, and it cured her chronic sinus infections.

Post # 43
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Bostongrl25: I love mine too! It does wonders for my allergies. It works pretty much as well as any allergy medicine I’ve ever taken! Much cheaper and no side effects. LOVE it!

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There’s a sinus rinse that’s been recommended a few times (NeilMed, I think). The idea of it freaked me out but my sinuses were getting so bad, I finally did it. You can only use it when you can breathe out of both nostrils. Almost every time I use it, it really helps. There’s been a few times that it didn’t do too much but usually it works. What I do is do the sinus rinse right before I take a shower. The hot water/steam from the shower helps unstuff you as well. What you need to do is lean over the sink so your face is facing straight down. Then squirt 1/2 of it in 1 nostril & the other 1/2 in the other side. You need to take deep breaths & breathe thru your mouth, but the instructions tell you everything. Make sure you use distilled water & not just tap water!

The most recent thing I tried (I was sick practically the entire month of Feb with sinus issues & decongestants barely helped, the sinus rinse helped but it would get worse an hour later). Its some type of silver nose thing I got at a health mart. You pretty much squirt it up your nose & let it stay there. You have no idea how well it worked. I felt better a few hours later & its been a few days & I’m MUCH better. My sinuses bugged me all day for almost a month before the silver thing & it affected my breathing & now I have practically no issues. When I get home I’ll let you know what its called.

Post # 45
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Helper bee

@scissors: sometimes if you hold your breath while you do it, you can avoid the drowny feeling completely! Honestly, it’s over so fast with the squeeze bottle that if you just close your eyes and do it, you’ll only be over the sink for 15-20 seconds total. We have patients who do it 5+ times a day because it feels so good hahah

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