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Old 04-11-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Here's a vid I found in case you have never heard of a neti pot before:


YouTube - How To Irrigate Your Nasal Passages

And a site with some usage info:

How to use a neti pot

The first time I tried it I felt like I was drinking salt water. Did I do it wrong? Some of the water was coming out of my mouth as well as my nose.

And I really don't think I would try it with coffee like the dude in the video did.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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The squeeze bottle works a whole lot better than the pot


YouTube - NeilMed Sinus Rinse
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:45 PM
 
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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Use the squeeze bottle instead.....
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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Same principal - I use a baby bulb syringe over the sink, with warm home-made saline solution. When you can taste it in your throat, you're done!
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:48 AM
 
Location: FL to GA back to FL
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Alkalol - a nasal wash made of herbal extracts

best nasal wash and cup ever!
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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The squeeze bottle works a whole lot better than the pot
I bought the squeeze bottle back in December when I had an awful head cold. Ewwww...you should have seen the gunk this thing cleaned out of my nose! Easy to use, though.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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Where do you buy the squeeze bottle? Walmart? Target?

I have never used a neti pot (I could never find one) so I used...something similar. But it worked ok. Gunk never came out, and I still felt a little congested a few minutes later.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Funny I should see this since I just finished using mine, like 5 minutes ago. I gave mine a new twist though--I used oil of oregano in mine. I've had a cold for several days and yesterday my left sinus was throbbing really bad and even my teeth hurt so I figured I was getting a sinus infection. I went over to Whole Foods and got a little bottle of OoO, which was $20, but I reasoned that it would cost at least that much for antibiotics and a Dr. visit. I put several drops of it in the neti pot and realized later that one would have been enough! I used it and it tore a new pathway thru my sinuses but man it worked--I was so much better almost immediately and much, much better today. It's pretty hardcore stuff though so use judiciously--I'd only used the cheap capsules before but the expensive stuff is like medicine.

For those of you who don't know though--OoO is like an antibiotic, but one the bacteria can't figure out the code to, so they can't get immune. Hospitals have been experimenting with using it b/c it kills even MRSA bacteria. I haven't had a lot of luck with antibiotics treating sinus infections in the past, so this stuff really is amazing.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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I get head colds, at least one (usually more) a year. My father got them, too. It starts with what seems like simple nasal congestion, which leads to mouth breathing esp. during sleep, which I think leads to the bacterial/virus infection and sore throat. This winter, as soon as the congestion started I used the neti pot - water with a little salt. I used it perhaps twice a day until there was some water coming out of the opposing nostril.

This is the first winter that I can ever remember in which I did not become ill. I consider this a minor miracle for the pain and suffering it has spared me. I would recommend the neti pot to anyone. The squeeze bottle may be as good, but I think the idea is that you clean out the sinuses by making sure it goes in one nostril and out the other.
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