Ever had sinus pressure or pain? Pretty miserable.
As a former and frequent sufferer of sinus infections and sinus pain and pressure, I am happy to share with you one simple device that put a stop to all that misery for me (and avoid a life of Flonase usage).
The Neti Pot.
Have you heard of it? Looks like a magic genie lamp and comes in plastic, porcelain, ceramic, or metal. They typically range in price from $10 to $20 and are available at most drugstores or you can buy the one I use here.
I use it every day to ward off sinus infections and control post nasal drip. Some say that 3 times a week is enough.
Neti pots are used to rinse the nasal passages with a saline solution as a treatment for congested sinuses, colds and allergies, and for moistening nasal passages exposed to dry indoor air.
Many of the neti pots come as a kit with packets of powder included. Buy one of these so you can easily pack the little packets when you travel.
Here is how to use a Neti Pot
- Fill your neti pot with about 8 oz of distilled, sterile or previously boiled water. Room temperature water is best. Your nasal passages are sensitive so avoid using cold or hot water.
- Add one of the packets of saline solution to the water and stir to dissolve it completely.
- Tilt your head sideways over a sink at about a 45-degree angle or more.
- Put the spout of the pot in the upper nostril and pour half the solution slowly into your nose. It will come out the other nostril. It’s a little freaky at first, but you will get the hang of it.
- Then tilt your head the opposite direction and pour the rest in the other nostril. If some of the solution gets into your mouth, that’s okay. Just spit it out in the sink.
- Clean the neti pot and allow it to dry completely.
If you currently have an infection, you may find that the salt solution burns a little bit. Back off on the amount of salt you are using in your pot.
Spoiler alert: All that’s in the little saline packets is salt and baking soda. You can make your own by mixing up 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (for an 8 oz neti pot). I mix a large batch up and keep it in a container in my bathroom for easy access.
Two important usage rules from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) about proper neti pot use:
- It is CRITICAL to use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water.
- It is critical that that you clean your neti pot regularly and allow it to dry completely between uses to prevent bacteria.
Here’s how WebMD says that it works:
“A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.”
I should thank my chiropractor who introduced me to the neti pot years ago. That little tip saved me an incredible amount of misery. Hope it helps other sinus sufferers too.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Use a neti pot to prevent sinus pain and pressure.
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