Nasal Irrigation with a Neti Pot

Filed Under (Neti Pot Guides, Sinus Problems) by potter34 on 11-05-2010

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Nasal irrigation has been advised for sinus infections since ages. It is the most simplest and effective solution to cure Sinusitis.

What is nasal irrigation? It is a therapy of cleaning the nasal and sinus passage with the lukewarm saline solution and flushing out all the dirt and the impurities from the passage.

So how exactly does the nasal irrigation help? The cilia, the small hair at the entrance of the nasal passage, are the primary defense against any dirt or impurity. Usually they block the foreign particles. They are cleaned regularly by breathing or sometimes by blowing your nose. The second defense mechanism in your nasal passage is mucous. This is used to trap the foreign particles. Now because of pollution and other external factors, these defence mechanisms tend to become weak, thus leading to sinus infections. The nasal irrigation tends to flush away all the dirt, thereby giving way to effective working of cilia and mucous.

Nasal irrigation with a neti pot has been recommended as the best method by health experts.

How to use Neti Pot for Nasal Irrigation

You need to take care of the following points while you use the neti pot:

  • Ensure that the water that you use for the saline solution is not very hot.
  • Check the concentration of the salt in the solution. It should be same as that of your tears.
  • Ensure that you know the steps of nasal irrigation well before you go ahead with it.

After filling the neti pot with the saline solution, tilt your head in an angle at which you can comfortably pour water into your nostril. The water will flow through the nasal passage and then will rush outside the other nostril.

Initially you might find this process messy with most of the water running out without cleaning the nasal passage. The water might rush to your throat some times. If so, then spit it out. But with practice, you will soon master this cleansing process. Inculcate this habit into your daily schedule like any other daily task like brushing your teeth. At the end, blow your nose to throw out any water left inside and repeat the process for the other nostril.

Curing Sinus Problems with Neti Pots

Regular use of these neti pots has been found effective in reducing the nasal congestion and pain. In fact, many claim that due to the nasal irrigation through neti pots, their dependency on medicines and inhalers have actually reduced. The nasal irrigation through neti pots has been found to have alleviated symptoms of asthma, hay fever.

So if you have the running nose, heaviness in the head and face and have been irritated a lot by your sinus infection, then you should definitely try nasal irrigation by using neti pot. You will definitely notice some positive changes in you soon.