Andrea (am_klutz) wrote,

Neti pot

The neti pot

Video demonstration

B.T's good friend has a bad case of snoring so his fiancee asked him to try out the Neti Pot procedure. He did and now he doesn't snore anymore. B.T asked me to try it out as it apparently helps clears sinus blockage and allergies. I was a bit reluctant till I read up more about it and decided to try it out.

I got our Neti-pot and saline salts from the U.S but I believe you can get it from any pharmacy here. This is how it works, the irrigation method clears out the mucous and nasal blockage and if you do it regularly (recommended once or twice daily), there will be no nasal blockage which means, no more runny noses or sneezing and snoring. Also, for those that get headaches often and recently, when I had a ear and nose infection after my D.C trip, I noticed a pain in my upper teeth which is a symptom of sinusitis.

My main concern was whether it would hurt because when water goes up your nose, it hurts. The trick is to use saline or salt water. So you boil water, use it only when it is lukewarm. We boiled it (important to kill any bacteria and sanitize the water) and allowed it to cool to room temperature. You can try lukewarm which is recommended but be careful not to burn your nose!

Mix in the saline pre-mix packet. You must use a saline or salt solution. I would recommend using the actual saline mixes though it is said that normal salt will do but the amount used might not be accurate and too much or too little salt can cause discomfort. Mix the solution properly, cap the neti pot and tilt your head and start pouring slowly into the upper nostril. For the first time, it will feel really weird. The water will fill up with very slight pressure but it doesn't hurt. Keep your mouth open and breathe through your mouth. Shortly after, the water will come out the other nostril. Stop, blow out your nose but don't plug your nose as it might cause pressure in your ears. Repeat on the other side,

Anyway, I just tried it and my nose feels a lot clearer. My left nose was definitely more clogged up as the water didn't stream out as smoothly as the right. When I wrote about my recent hives attack, I had a number of readers writing to me either giving me some solutions or asking me on how I deal with my allergies. I realized many have similar allergies issues too! So I am sharing this and hopefully it would help all of us!

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