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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 6:48 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I've never used one... it kinda scares me.

Anyone here use one and have success and tips?

ETA: I was gonna put "Attention Pot Users" in the post topic field... but I thought better of it.

[This message edited by jrc1963 at 6:49 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 6:55 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

my DD loves it. Me? Not so much. I've got a nose thing (mental) and try not to put anything other than my elbow up there. The one time I tried it, it felt like I was drowning.

Mr Unfound tried it once, but it only seemed to make his sinus issue worse. I think he had a sinus infection though.

I was gonna put "Attention Pot Users" in the post topic field... but I thought better of it.

now that's a whole another thread


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 6:58 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I was gonna put "Attention Pot Users" in the post topic field... but I thought better of it.

now that's a whole another thread

I thought it might be a good attention getter!

I don't know what's going on with my sinuses... It could be an infection (no fever)... could be just congestion... could be a migraine...

All I know is I've been downing sudefed, ibuprofen and antihistamines with no relief...

It hurts straight across my eyes... including my cheeks...


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Default  Posted: 7:01 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Yes! Have used one for years if I get a cold.

Honestly, it takes some practice to get the angle of your head correct so the liquid does not go down your throat.

I started off with sea salt (??, I think that is what was recommended) but then eventually just went to regular low sodium salt as that is what I had on hand.

Again, some practice with the temp and strength as too strong can cause discomfort.

The blowing of the liquid can get messy, but in the end I get relief from it.

It also seems to me that I either have really small nostrils, or the spout is rather large, but again...practice.

My sister uses one of the blue baby booger bulbs (say that 3 times!!) that she had laying around from years ago. Works just fine for her!

Good Luck.


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Default  Posted: 7:02 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

This weird weather has brought havoc on everyone's sinuses here at Casa De Unfound.

I'd check with a dr before you use it, just in case.


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 7:06 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Unfound... I was considering the Dr as this is lather, rinse, repeat of last week...

It went away and came back.

Annie... thanks for the input.


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Default  Posted: 7:09 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I use the Neti squeeze bottle. I'd drown myself with the pot.

This is what I tell my patients:

1) use only distilled water (no amoebas!)
2) mix in saline packet
3) lean over bathroom sink
4) breathe through your mouth
5) gently squeeze the bottle in one nostril; you should feel a slight fullness in your face
6) continue squeezing until the water starts to run out your other nostril
7) hold your breath and then blow out your nose (both sides)
8) switch sides and repeat; continuing alternating until you run out of saline water

Caveats:
Do NOT heat the water in the microwave; I tried that once wow that hurt
If you squeeze too hard your sinus will hurt like when you were a kid and jumped into the pool without holding your nose... Do you remember that?!?
Use a towel to blow into; or you'll go throw 30 kleenexs

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Default  Posted: 7:12 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

The doctors around here (high pollen twice a year, fall and spring) LOVE the Neti pot and are very vocal in the recommending. Also, the steroid nasal spray (prescription.)

I have used it. It is weird? you don't drown, but if I think too much about it, I panic like I might drown?

It is kinda gross, but soothing and it seems to help.

Hope you feel better!!!

Btw, if you buy a pot, they usually come with premixed packets to get you started. Lukewarm water is best.


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Default  Posted: 7:14 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

cross posted with dr pj.

A TOWEL??? um, (tmi, and gross) I just blow into the sink. rinse, drain and bleach after.

but definitely NOT tissues.


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Default  Posted: 7:20 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I was gonna put "Attention Pot Users" in the post topic field
Where's the love????


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Default  Posted: 7:23 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Will all this work relieve the congestion/pressure I'm feeling?

If it does... I'll do it! Because I'd do just about anything to make this pain go away... (short of cutting off my head)


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Default  Posted: 7:30 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I love it!!! Since I was brave and sick enough to try it (other than sedation I was miserable lol). I have not had a sinus infection. When I feel a cold coming on I start using it and I haven't been seriously sick since.

I admit I was frightened to try it but it was well worth it. Now I think it feels good and is a go to when I get sick.


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Default  Posted: 7:31 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I think you guys are convincing me!


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Default  Posted: 7:31 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

LISTEN TO Dr. PJ's "Use only distilled water" instruction. In certain parts, amoebas etc. can cause really REALLY bad havoc.


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Default  Posted: 7:34 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I have used it and my doctor recommends it. It does eventually relieves the congestion some because it gets the pollen or whatever is irritating your sinuses out.

I was told to use it twice a day until I got better. I mostly use it in the shower.


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Default  Posted: 7:40 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

If I catch it in the early stages it really helps. If I wait until I am already fully congested it makes the pressure worse.

I mostly use it during allergy season as prevention. I usually don't catch the colds early enough.


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Default  Posted: 7:48 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I had never heard the "use only distilled water" warning, though now that you all have said it, it makes perfect sense to me. I haven't had any problems, but in the future, I will definitely use.. well, probably not distilled, but WebMD says previously boiled works as well.

I don't use the neti pot on a regular basis - only when I'm having issues with my sinuses that nothing else has helped. When I do use it, though, I find the easiest thing to do is to just use it while I'm getting my shower. (Just noticed that courageous said that too!)


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Default  Posted: 8:01 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Ha! I have a septic tank and am always afraid of anything going down a drain. Hence, the towel.


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Default  Posted: 8:08 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I have bad sinus issues and love mine. However, I don't use the pot, I use the squeeze bottle to make sure that it gets all of the way up there! It's super gross, but it gives me great relief when my sinuses are killing me.
Make sure that you used distilled water or use their pre-mixed packets (or make your own). There have been a few cases (very few) of people getting bacterial infections from using untreated tap water.


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Default  Posted: 8:21 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I have distilled water in the house because FWSO uses it in his CPAP machine.... so that's not an issue.

I like the "use in the shower" suggestion because I know I'd get it all over the sink and me.

I am assuming the sell the squeeze bottles in the same spot as the pots...

I've taken a bunch of OTC's and my nose is finally running (I know that sounds like a bad thing... but it's not)


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Default  Posted: 8:34 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Yep jrc, squeeze bottle is same brand and everything. It just uses force. It actually feels really good for me (when my sinuses are really bad). Even if it doesn't alleviate the problem, it can provide some temporary relief.
What's nice about it is that you have zero side effects (well, maybe a runny nose for a bit), can use as needed, and it is effective whether you're clogged up with mucus or your sinus tissue is just swollen and painful.


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Default  Posted: 8:50 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

hurtbs said
Make sure that you used distilled water or use their pre-mixed packets (or make your own). There have been a few cases (very few) of people getting bacterial infections from using untreated tap water.

Just to clarify: You can use distilled water. Or you can use water you boiled yourself.

You can use the premixed packets of salt, or you can use your own salt.

Please don't use tap water you haven't boiled.

If you google "netti pot amoeba" you get a news story with this title: Tap water in neti pots behind two brain-eating amoeba deaths in 2011, investigation finds

This is not an argument against them, just a caution to do it right. I use the squeeze bottle version and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.


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Default  Posted: 9:05 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

Heps with post nasal drip symptoms. I use the squeeze bottle, also...


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Default  Posted: 9:20 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I just started using a Neti pot and I''m really liking it. Since I started, I''ve only had to use one sinus pill and that''s waaay down for me!

I bought a kit and it came with a canister of salt (and measuring spoon) and Neti-Wash+. I''m one of those gotta have a routine in the morning ladies, so I put a blank filter in my K-Kup coffee maker, and get my boiled hot tap water that way run 2 C of hot water through that into a 2C glass measuring cup and wait for it to cool a bit before I use the pot. Just started experimenting with running some of the mixture from my nose to the back of my throat to clear those passages as well. Guess I''m a bit of a freak, because I only use about 3 tissues to blow out my nose afterwards. Darned good blows, though.

I''m a-hoping that you doctor types are going to tell me that using the Krup is good enough because I was a total failure at boiling water! Damned near scalded me and the cat trying to get that to work!


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Default  Posted: 9:29 PM, January 23rd (Thursday)

I've used a neti, before, but don't do it consistently. I would probably get more of a benefit, if I did it regularly (I have asthma).


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Default  Posted: 7:30 AM, January 24th (Friday)

I saw an ENT 9 years ago after suffering a number of sinus infections in a short time. I got the recommended squeeze bottle type from his office that came with a few packets to use with it.

His written instructions were to make my own after they were gone by mixing 1/8 tsp each of baking soda and salt. (Unspecified as to any particular kind, so I just use table salt.)

He also prescribed some nasal sprays and Nexium. He said many, if not most, sinus infections come from acid reflux.

Once I got rid of the sinus drainage, I haven't had a sinus infection since. I use the nasal rinses as needed and that keeps me clear. No more sprays needed after the one prescription, but I still take Nexium, only as needed.


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Default  Posted: 7:39 AM, January 24th (Friday)

I am a pot user

I mean versus the squeeze bottle, of course!

I am not a daily user just when my sinuses are acting up. I definitely see a difference.

I use over the bathroom sink but never had any issues with mega mess, I just have some tissue there and I am good to go.

My pot came with those individual powder packs to use each time - never had any issues with burning, etc.

Despite warnings - I am probably at risk for brain-eating germs since I have never used distilled or boiled water (and I have well water). Pause....for all to cringe.

Ok - ok....maybe I will start using distilled! I actually have it in the house anyway for my floor steam cleaner.


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Default  Posted: 7:48 AM, January 24th (Friday)

Even if it doesn't alleviate the problem, it can provide some temporary relief.

I love mine when I'm super congested. Best time to use it is the moment you wake up and all that nasty gunk has been laying dormant on a horizontal plain...cause the second you go vertical.....it will try fleeing south to your lungs....best thing to do is use it immediately and it will flush as much out as possible! I have had great results!!!

And, I admit it...I use luke warm tap water....::double cringe for all:: but its more laziness and cheapness that I don't buy the bottled kind often. But, I've been doing it for years and I'm still alive....so might not be SO bad!

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Default  Posted: 8:33 AM, January 24th (Friday)

The first time I used a neti pot I watched a Youtube video, which actually helped me figure out the angle I needed to hold my head, etc.

It definitely makes a difference for me. Every cold I get goes straight to my sinuses, an when I use the neti pot it doesn't last as long.

As for water - I just boil the kettle in the morning and fill a big mason jar of water to use throughout the day. I think the reason some experts advise against using table salt is that it is usually iodized and the iodine can burn a bit.

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Default  Posted: 8:43 AM, January 24th (Friday)

I haven't used one in a while, but was an avid user when I suffered from sinus infections. It really helped when I thought I was going to lose my mind from the pain and inability to breath through my nose.

I like the actual pots compared to the squeeze bottles. The bottles are easier, but the water would get into my ear tubes, making it really uncomfortable.

Also, make sure to boil first if you use tap water. It's safer to used distilled though.


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Default  Posted: 3:45 PM, January 24th (Friday)

Thank you everyone... I forgot to stop on the way home today, so I'll probably go get one after dinner.


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Default  Posted: 9:52 PM, January 25th (Saturday)

My family all use neti's.

Sinus. Allergy. Cold. Congestion.

Another benefit not mentioned: better smelling and tasting breath.

We even have plastic travel ones. Go neti!


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Default  Posted: 11:00 PM, January 25th (Saturday)

Yes, the amoebas are very bad. So, always distilled water.

I haven't had the guts for the Neti Pot, yet, but I love what saline spray does for me.


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Default  Posted: 8:59 AM, January 27th (Monday)

In most locales, tap water is probably harmless because it's been treated enough that stuff doesn't live in it and the amount of salt you use will take care of the rest. Using well water in other areas can make the neti pot pretty dangerous unless the water is boiled for 10 minutes.


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