08 January 2008

Riddle Me This

If you've used a neti pot, please let me know about your experience.

I regularly have sinus headaches and my mother-in-law has recommended (more than once) that I try it. Since "Jeannette E." and "neti" rhyme, I originally thought she had a new nickname in the works.

Turns out, she actually wants me to douche out my nose with this thing, but I've been too chicken.

I imagine it will feel like diving off a 20 foot cliff, into salt water, feet first, without pinching my nostrils closed.

No.

Thanks.

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Listening to: Erin Smith - The Mayor and the Bowling Alley
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12 comments:

  1. I can't deal with stuff up my nose. I'd never make in Hollywood.

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  2. Allergies are the bane of my existence half of the year. I hate taking the drugs all the time.

    Rinsing with the NetiPot helps.
    A lot.

    You have to get good at it, but once you are, there is no better feeling that flushing the Yuck outta your Head.

    Trust me.

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  3. I have not used one personally but my cousin uses one religiously because of her allergies and swears by it. She does believe though that when she's in her mom's house, that she believes to be moldy, because her nasal passages are so clear that it bothers her even more than before. I also saw a lady use one on Oprah and she said it DID NOT hurt. She just felt a warm sensation in her sinuses. Jake has the same belief as you though that it would hurt like a bitch.

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  4. I've never used the Neti pot, but I have used the Ocean spray (not to be confused with the cranberry juice) on myself and my kid. It does seem to help clear things up and dry things out. I imagine the Neti thing works along the same lines.

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  5. I use my almost daily. As long as the water is warm it doesn't hurt at all. I have horrible sinus issues, and since I have started using it, I am down to only 1 daily med for them.

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  6. Gramma Sue uses it and swears (F'n A) it works!!

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  7. I cannot go underwater without holding my nose to this day so I'm scared that the neti pot will drown me. It helps to read that others have luck with it.

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  8. Jeanette,
    The first time I used one (after seeing the EASE OF USE shown on the Oprah show), I used way too much salt and burned a whole new set of nostrils into my head. That said, the second and third times weren't so bad, but man, it does not flow with ease for me like it did for the Oprah chick. She talked during her venture...I just tried to breathe, convince I would drown at any moment. That's my Two cents. :)

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  9. My cousin, who is scared of everything, bought a neti pot during her fourth pregnancy, when she literally could not breathe well. She used it with ease and said it worked. . . but then stopped using it, I think because she prefers to be miserable and receive others' pity. But she said she could really tell a difference when she used it. So I say go for it. I'm all about alternative options (especially expensive ones like massage and accupuncture!).

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  10. I bought one at Walgreens over the weekend after seeing the article on Yahoo. When I asked the pharmacist where they were, he answered with eyes rolled, "Did Oprah have another show or somethin' lady? There they are."

    I wasn't convinced after his pessimism that they worked, but they do! Breathe very heavily through your mouth, use just a spoonful of the salt per side and make sure the water is lukewarm. I got a little down the back of my throat, which was really gross, but not much worse than swallowing a mouth of salt water. Oh-- and do it in the bathtub-- it makes a bit of a mess.

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  11. I regularly suffer from sinus problems too. Agh, I hate them. But like you, I'm kinda chicken about those rinses...

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