Can the Neti Pot be used by More than a Single Person?

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Q & A) by rashmi on 15-07-2012

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Have you ever gone through the neti therapy and experienced the result of nasal irrigation? In today’s polluted condition, Neti Pot should be in every individual’s medicine cabinet in order to steer and clear all their respiratory irritations.

Neti Irrigation

Usage Of Neti PotNethi or Nasal irrigation is a natural flush out therapy of nasal cavities to maintain the sinus hygiene. Habitual practice of neti treatment will help you to overcome allergies, sinus problems, common cold and respiratory infections. To be frank, regular usage of neti pot is essential in order to reduce or permanently avoid the problems like Sleep Apnea, sino-nasal issues, nasal allergic reactions, sinus symptoms, Nasal dryness and headache.


Choosing the Neti Device

Using a Neti Pot is considered to be the best and easiest way to get rid of all your nasal irritation. So where will you get your Neti Pot from? You can get it from a local mall where you have lot of options to select one that is best suitable or else you can order online where you can get the device reached to your home by spot delivery.
You may also be able to prepare your own Neti Pot by using squeeze bottle of honey or soap detergent container by which you can save upto $20, but remember to clean and dry the bottle before use. Compared to Ceramic or metallic pots these squeezable bottle are better since it add-on the flush out force to your sinuses very easily.

Once you have your device ready for nethi irrigation you will only need two additional ingredients for the flushing process. All it requires is the canning or pickling salt for saline solution since it is considered as the pure forms of salt and the water either distilled or boiled which is lukewarm water, generally the temperature suggested should be of 98.6 degrees. The best ingredients to use are purest forms of salt and water which should not contain any harmful additives or bacteria.


Separate Netti Device for Each User

Different Neti Pots

The sinus rinse neti pot is pretty easy to use that can relieve you from symptoms of nasal congestions. Generally any neti pot you choose to buy from market will contain the individual packets of salt to add and the saline solution for therapy.

While using Neti Pot instrument for the nasal irrigation make sure that you do not share your device with others since treating with Neti Pot will have direct contact with germs, virus and bacteria in your body. If you share your device with others or if you use other’s device then chances of spreading of infection from one person to another is more. Hence it is always better to purchase a separate nethi pot for every family member in your house.

Neti pots are easily available at affordable prices in many drug stores, health food stores and online retail stores. These may cost you $10 to $20.

Finally a small investment over a huge benefit would not be an issue for sure, as health is always considered wealth.

Effects of Overusing of Neti Pots

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Neti Pot Therapy) by madhu on 22-06-2012

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It is a known fact that the use of neti pots is one easy, natural way to help overcome the sinus problems. But one should remember that anything including nasal irrigation should not be overdone.

Neti Pot

Dr.Talal M.Nsouli, of Watergate Allergy and Asthma Centre, and his colleagues have conducted a research on the effect of the overuse of a neti pot. The explanation they put forth for overusing neti is follows:

Mucous consists of antimicrobial agents that are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral in nature. One such agent is known as lactoferrin that stimulates our immune system. It is very effective against various types of viruses that cause infections including the ones that cause cold, such as rhinovirus. It is also effective against the HIV virus. When one performs nasal saline irrigation, the mucuous and the defense mechanism get washed away. So the participants in the study were asked to stop the nasal irrigation for a while and it was surprising to see how much better they felt quickly for the restoration time for the nasal passage to come back to its natural state is about two to six weeks.

There was a 62 percent decrease in the frequency of acute rhinosinusitis after they stopped using the neti pot regularly. He said that the nasal irrigation is good when it is done three to four times a week. But when done regularly, he and his colleagues observed that it interfered with the immunological biochemistry of the nose. This could result in reduction of immune elements thus leading to returning sinus infections. Their team felt that this could become a vicious cycle with more nasal irrigation, more infection and hence more nasal irrigation. They emphasized on cutting this cycle.

But at the same time, the research team does not advise against the neti pots. From their research, they derive that nasal irrigation might not be very useful if it is done day to day on regular basis. According to them, the good mucous, that contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents, might be depleted by the overuse of neti pots.

There have been opinions that the over usage of a neti pot can sometimes cause inflammation that could cause more and more production of mucous.

Steps to avoid danger of Neti Pot Treatment

  1. Ensure to clean your hands and arm with soap before cleaning the pot.Nasal Rinse
  2. Rinse the neti pot with hot water and flush out the spout.
  3. Cleaning with soapy water once a month or every three months
  4. Completely dry air the pot.
  5. In case of any cracks in the neti pot dispose it immediately.
  6. Do not share your neti pot with anyone.
  7. Ensure to use always distilled water or boiled water for the solution.
  8. Saline solution should be of about 3 to 5 month supply
  9. Discard any unused saline solution in the neti pot. Remember leftover solution is great space for amoeba, bacterial and viral growth.


Finally always remember to follow the directions stated, boil your tap water or use the distilled water for solution and forever keep the neti device clean.

So it is advised to use neti pots two to three times a week. Of course, finally it is always better to consult your physician if the infection persists.

Is Tap Water Safe For Neti Pot?

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Q & A) by rashmi on 07-06-2012

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In the recent days Netti pots have cured lot of people’s respiratory disorders. Many neti newbies have shown interest in learning the right process of nasal saline irrigation. The basic query that comes up during the learning process is that if they can use the ordinary tap water for Netti Irrigation, since type of water to use for the therapy is still a conflicting and confusing concept to new users of nethi pot.

Some people believe that boiled water is safe and others state that boiling is still a waste of time. Some yells distilled water is good for nethi therapy while others tell that buying distilled water for therapy is waste of money. Still others consider that water from direct tap is comparably cheap while others says that water from direct tap is risky and can cause nasal trouble or worsen the respiratory infection. Hence let us assess and know the fact on using cheapest means of tap water for sinus irrigation.

Benefits of using Direct Tap Water for Netti Therapy

No doubt, for nasal therapy the quality of water is very important. You can use lukewarm water for therapy. In a way using direct tap water for the treatment can help you to set and know the right temperature of the water.

Direct tap water for Nethi Treatment doesn’t cost you much but just wants you to invest over a pot, saline sachets and water if necessary, if not you can make your own neti pot, prepare the saline solution just by adding salt that would taste like the tears of your eyes and water directly from tap that should be boiled.

Drawbacks of using Tap Water for Nethi Irrigation

Tapwater for Neti Pot

Generally tap water will be chlorinated that can irritate your sensitive nasal cavities. Another dangerous drawback is that the direct water might also contain amoebas, chemicals or other nasty solution in the water that might disturb or worsen your health.

Think about the tap water in your house. How does it smell and taste? Look for clues to its chlorine content. In case if you are not very sure about the quality of the tap water in your area then it is better to boil and cool the water before using for the therapy.

Though you feel that tap water would be safe for drinking, it is not necessary to be safe for nethi therapy as it may cause the risk of fatal brain infection also. Two deaths were also reported from Naegleria fowleri infection by using untreated water for neti pot. Since Naegleria fowleri would be present in unboiled, unsterilized water which will cause the fatal brain infection. After using you should clean the neti pot.

The Bottom Line

Water straight from the tap is supposed to be pure and if it is not free from germs, then it is not suitable to irrigate your sinus.

Though city engineers and officials of water department announced that a city’s tap water is “safe for use,” they generally mean safe for drinking and bathing, but not necessarily for irrigating your sinuses.

The cheap and best alternative source of water for the sinus therapy, where you don’t require to invest much is readily available germ free distilled water. You can choose the best and economical means for neti therapy like using the tap water which can be boiled and made germs free, as a better choice for the neti pot solution.

How to Treat Neti Pot Problems?

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot, Neti Pot Guides, Neti Pot Therapy) by rashmi on 30-04-2012

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In spite of Neti therapy’s benefits, a handful of neti pot users have experienced some minor issues and difficulties while using the neti pots for treatment. Let us discuss the problems and shoot out the solutions to help you deal with the therapy.

Itching or Stinging in the nose

Stinging or itchy sensation in the nose can be caused because of the below mentioned reasons:

  • Temperature of the water and concentration of salt adds on to the irritation and sting in the nose. Temperature of water should be lukewarm and salt concentration should be mild which should taste like tears. Taste and spit it out after verifying for the balanced concentration.
  • Contamination in the water may cause the sting in the nasal cavities. Hence it is a must to use boil the water before adding it into neti pot.
  • Left over in the pot or unclean pot may also be favorable to insect breeding which may turn the solution as toxic and create irritation in the nostrils.

Nose bleed

If your nose bleeds during neti therapy, there is nothing to consider as dangerous and serious. Nose bleeds because of dryness in the nostrils. It is most likely to happen because of saline solution fot neti pot reacting on the mucus membrane.

Saline solution can be added with few drops of pure butter, ghee or olive oil in the neti pot. Don’t hang upside down and avoid blowing the nose hard when changing sides or drying. Avoid using neti therapy for more than once in a day without advice.

Popping of Ears

In rare cases, ears may pop while doing neti treatment. Nothing to get frightened about the squeaky sound in the ears, as such sounds are caused due to the change in pressure in Eustachian tubes which clears the block of mucus. Once the water droplets in the ear are dried up nothing to worry about.


Headache may occur after using neti therapy for various reasons like fear, tension. Ache may also cause because of not drying the nasal cavity and if salt solution is still left in the sinus passages. Sometimes blowing very hardly may also cause dryness in the nose and create the symptoms of headache. Hence, practice the therapy properly.

Water running onto the face

Water solution may run over the face because of rushing process of neti process or can be caused by bad designed neti pots. Be slow in the therapy process by following step by step movement and find the right and appropriate position to place for the pot and the head.

Remember that our nasal cavities are very sensitive and are prone to infections very easily. Though Neti Treatment is considered as an ancient therapy to treat the nostril cavities, it is very essential to educate oneself under a trained preacher for safe and proper use of neti pots.

How Often Should You Clean Neti Pot?

Filed Under (How to Use Neti Pot) by rashmi on 20-04-2012

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Using of Neti Pots has been considered as a natural home remedy since centuries, in some parts of the world. A Neti Pot is a simple vessel which resembles a small teapot with a spout, specially designed to fit the user’s nasal cavity for the process of neti irrigation. There are many benefits of using neti pots including but not limited to better nasal health

The whole conception of Neti Treatment works on the theory of gravity, the idea behind it is to allow you to pour a warm solution through one nostril and exit out from the other. Thus without pressure in the sinus cavity, it cleanses the sinuses with the solution of the warm saline water. This process assists in flushing out the unwanted blockages entrapped in the mucus lane of sinus.

So, if the process of nasal irrigation is assisting in such a beneficial way it is always important to concentrate on the cleaning and sanitizing of the device.

Let us look in detail how we can maintain a hygienic and sterile neti pots.

How to Clean a Neti Pot and How Often Should You Do it?

Since your neti pot is used to maintain healthy sinuses and clear blocked mucous, it is a good idea to clean your pot. It is recommended to clean the pot used for the neti treatment after every use and you can use your hands to clean inner and outer surface of the pot. Thus, clean your hands before you take up the task.

After each and every use of the neti pot, remember to clean it with good antibacterial dish washing liquid using hot water. Never use a sponge or any similar things to clean since they can be favorable for bacterial growth. For the best cleaning you can use nylon brush. Choose brush with small bristle that can reach every part of the pot and also ensure to clean the pot’s nostril. Keep this brush for cleaning only the pot and not for anything else.

You can thoroughly scrub the spout outside and inside of the pot whenever cleaning. It is always important to rinse thoroughly and clean the neti pot after every use. Remember to dry the pot prior to storage and after usage as water left in the pot can allow bacterial growth.

Once in a week, you should sterilize the pot. Simply put the pot in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes.

If you have not used the neti pot for the irrigation since long then it is always better to clean the pot properly before using. After cleaning you need to keep the neti pot to dry. It is suggested to pack it in a zip-lock plastic cover which is easy to maintain.

It is advised to never and ever share the neti pot with any other users. Lot of good quality and best priced plastic pots are available in the market today you can separately use each one for you. You can also write your names on the nostril pots with the permanent marker for easy identification.