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« on: September 14, 2005 08:38:04 PM »

I hope this is ok to post here- I use this thing called a Neti Pot to clean out my sinuses everyday. Basically it  looks like a little gravy boat thing (link to picture below) that you use to pour warm saltwater up your nose- it goes in one nostril, cleans out your head, and comes out the other side. Its not nearly as weird or creepy as it seems, and cuts down on sinus problems, which is a total help to me. its good to avoid antibiotics when possible, and I always feel kinda crafty when I use mine....


Also, has anyone ever made their own?? Out of clay?

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2005 03:22:43 PM »

I am so into my neti pot!!!  With winter upon us, it will be back in regular use soon.  Bascially, last winter I decided to try it as my allergist was writing a script for my THIRD round of antibiotics.  He's actually the one who suggested it.  Yup, my sinsues were still pretty gloopy but regular use of the neti helped about as much as the antibiotics. 

For the-already-converted:  What kind of "potion" do you put in your pot?  I always use salt water made w/ kosher salt (because the iodine in table salt makes it sting a bit).  And I've also heard you can add baking soda.  But I don't know what that's supposed to do. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2005 07:54:25 PM »

I bought a neti pot because I have awful allergies and thought it would help.  I had no trouble using it, but I always managed to end up with very sore ears.  No matter how I held my head, water would get in my ears through my sinuses and the pressure was awful.  I emailed the people I bought it from for advice but they never wrote back.  Anyone else ever have this happen?

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2005 08:29:42 PM »

Yes, but only if I blow my nose right afterwards.  I always have to remind myself just to wipe off my face and not blow my nose...but it's so hard to resist that urge!
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2005 06:47:16 AM »

I've always done this since I was a kid, but I never used a netti pot. We just used a turkey baster type thing. But didn't really squirt, more like gently allowed it to flow sort of.

My sinuses get so full that for about 4 months out of a year I can't hear anything out of my ear. The saline helps alot though.

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2005 10:45:40 AM »

does this not sting at all?  because i may need to try it.

No, it doesn't sting, especially if you use a non-iodized salt and body temp water. 

The first time you do it, you just have to employ a little mind over matter to convince yourself that you're going to be able to breath a-ok as the water flows in one nostril and out the other. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2005 01:28:12 PM »

I just use the solution that came with mine.
My instructions (mine isn't netti, though, its sinucleanse) say that if you have ear discomfort that the openings of your Eustachian tubes may be particuarly wide.
I had to get my ears cleaned out when I was smaller, too. They used something like a waterpik for those, though.

I'm thinking if you had access to pottery supplies, you could make your own. Its kinda like a teapot, but its smaller and the end that goes into your nose is longer and more tapered. Also, the angle of the spout might make a bit of a difference. I don't know, though.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2005 03:09:42 PM »

I looked at the ingredients for that and it lists Sodium Bicarbonate, aka Baking Soda.  I guess it has something to do with the pH level.  I will continue to add it to my salt water mix...it evidently won't hurt.   

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2005 09:39:46 AM »

My first post on Crafster, and it's about sinuses...

Oh well, I know how miserable the sinus/allergy crud is. I love my neti pot, but I also used to have problems with ear pain and pressure after using it.

Two things seem to have helped a lot:

1. First, I started using more salt. I had been using a small pinch, but my dr gave me a recipe that called for much more salt. I still don't measure, but I now use about a teaspoon of salt each time, plus a pinch of baking soda if I remember. Recently, I used the pre-mixed SinuCleanse packets while traveling, and they worked fine. 

2. Tipping my head less- I used to tip it until it was almost parallel with the ground- now I just tip it about 45 degrees-ish.

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2005 11:54:50 AM »

(((((((((neti pots))))) i love mine.  it makes rob gag to watch me though.  he was trying to talk to me once while i did it, and when i went to answer him... neti pot still in nose... something of major size came slithering out my sinuses LOLOL sorry for the visual, but the already converted, i'm sure you know of what i speak.  i haven't used it all summer but was just thinking this week i needed to pull it out.  i buy the sea salt in bulk at the health food shop.  they sell some premade mixtures of salt and mints or st. johns wort or echinecea to help boost healing and what not.. i always laugh at the pictures they provide online of it

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