Apr. 25th, 2009

neti pot

Apr. 25th, 2009 07:29 pm
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Following the advice of friend and fellow allergy sufferer [livejournal.com profile] onceupon, and after consulting my mum, I decided to try this neti pot thing. I was hesitant to try neti because my deviated septum would make it difficult--ironically, the septum deviation is also the cause of a lot of my sinus problems in the first place. :P I have missed a fair amount of work this winter due to my worsening sinus headaches, and there are really no medications I can take that won't cause me to have nosebleeds.

Surprisingly, my local Shopper's Drug Mart had several in stock! For $20, I got the neti pot and 100 packets of the salt/baking soda mix that creates the solution.

My first experience with neti has been... well, fairly unpleasant. Attempt #1 had the water ending up in my ears; attempt #2 had it coming out of my eyes (I can now tell you that the claim of "no burning" stenciled on the solution powder packets really only applies to the nose).

I finally got it right on the third try, although a fair amount of the solution did end up going down my throat no matter which way I tried it. This was pretty much what I expected. The best way I can describe the sensation is that it is similar to what happens if I put my face in the water while swimming--which I guess explains why I was always able to breathe better after Aquacize. I have been inadvertently doing nasal irrigation for years. :P

I have to say that so far the effects have been not bad. I don't know if I could do it every day, as it has taken me a while to "recover" from the procedure. I still have a bit of pressure in my ears, and I feel a bit dehydrated (as I imagine is normal for having swallowed such a quantity of salt water!). But I am able to breathe a bit more easily.

If I can avoid taking antihistamines or anti-inflammatories, I'm willing to put up with a little discomfort.

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