Getting relief from allergies or the common cold can sometimes feel impossible. But have no fear; we have found a great solution for you to try – and it doesn’t require medications. It’s called a neti pot, and truth be told, it’s been around for ages. But guess what? It works.
How Does a Neti Pot Work?
Simply put, a neti pot flushes mucus out of your nose and combats irritation with a combination of saline solution and water. If you’re feeling congested from common allergies or a cold, this could end up being your go-to starter solution.
What Do You Have to Do?
To use the neti pot properly, be sure you are not completely congested, then follow these steps:
- First, lean over the sink and tilt your head sideways. Your forehead and chin should be level so that the solution doesn’t flow into your mouth.
- Open your mouth, so you’re not breathing through your nose during flushing. Insert the neti pot spout into your upper nostril and slowly tilt, allowing the liquid to go into one nostril, through your nasal passageways, and out the other. This sensation may feel weird at the back of your throat, but that’s normal.
- Once you’ve done one nostril, remove the neti pot spout and clear your nostrils by slowly and evenly blowing your nose. Repeat the procedure for the opposite side.
Note: Warm water will feel better, but it must be safe to flow through your nasal passageways. This means you should stick with distilled or sterile water, which you can buy at your local drugstore. You can also use boiled water; just allow time for it to cool before pouring it into the neti pot.
How Often Should You Use a Neti Pot?
The general guidelines say you can use a neti pot daily to relieve sinus symptoms. As soon as symptoms start to subside, you can cut back and use the neti pot three times a week until you experience full relief.
Is the Neti Pot Safe?
Yes, neti pots are generally safe. Some users may experience mild side effects such as nasal irritation and stinging. In rare cases, nosebleeds are possible. To reduce side effects, reduce the amount of salt you add to the solution, limit neti pot usage, and alter the temperature of the water. Stop use and speak with your doctor if symptoms persist.
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