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Neti Pot: A New Drug?

Nope the neti pot is not a new drug, but it does feel amazing. Trust me. It's great for allergies. I think of it like brushing my teeth. It's something to do everyday to clean out your nasal passages.

Basically you fill the neti pot with warm salt water. Place the spout in one nostril, lean over the sink, tilt your head, and let the liquid flow out the other nostril. Gently blow your nose to get any leftover salt water out and do the other side. Afterwards - you can actually breathe. My pick is the Rhino Horn.

It may look weird, but don't knock it til you try it. It's great for colds too.
They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you want to see them

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baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
Warm saline cleansing works better than saline spray because it floods the sinuses- but saline spray is better than nothing. BaltimoreGal
missyp missyp 10 years
i got so excited after reading this, that i ordered one immediately. i've been an allergy sufferer for YEARS and have been committed to my saline spray for i don't know how long...but i think this sounds like such a healthier way to get those nasal passages cleared out!
juliet juliet 10 years
OMG that women has a CRAZY look in her eyes! That video is soooo funny! Cool that it works, though -
slopsuga slopsuga 10 years
My mom said after the fourth allergist told her to use saline spray -two sprays to each nostril at night and two sprays to each nostril in the morning, she finally decided to do it. She says her face is not nearly as swollen as before. I also use for dark circles that knock off from Strivectin. I think it is called Dermactin. It is great for dark circles.
sashak sashak 10 years
whoa that video is crazy! I'm always stuffed up so I'll have to check out Earthfare & Whole Foods for this!
slopsuga slopsuga 10 years
I use saline spray every night.
melchiah melchiah 10 years
Does anyone know what store sells these? I've been asking all the local drug stores, and they all think I'm crazy when I ask about them.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Good question about the salt. No - you don't have to use the Neti Pot salt they sell. I use the fine sea salt they sell in bulk at health food stores. If you buy salt from the grocery store, make sure it's NOT iodized. That'll irrate your schnoz.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
I have one of these! It's especially great when you're congested.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Check out GiggleSugar's take on the neti pot - it features Reese Witherspoon!!! You'll love it.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
They sell Neti Pot salt. Do I have to use this?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Let me assure you that in NO WAY is this at all painful. Seriously. It feels good. You just have to make sure you're keeping your head tilted down, so the water goes out your other nostril, and not down the back of your throat. The water should feel nice and warm, not too cold or hot. You'll love it.
Neural Neural 10 years
Yeah, I know a couple people who use these things. I should probably try it because I'm ALWAYS congested... but I can only envision that painful feeling you get when you get water up your nose when swimming!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I have a plastic one and I bring it with me when I visit my brother because I'm allergic to his dogs. It's so easy to do and really makes a difference.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i'm dying laughing at that video!
kevindineen kevindineen 10 years
Often it just seems like one of my nostrils is clogged... I don't have allergies (at least I don't think I do)... & yes this seems reeeeealy wierd, but it just works. Really helps clear out my congestion. My girlfriend is allergic to lots of stuff, has athsma, & it helps her out a ton too.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
fitsugar, thanks! :) I get horrible allergies so, this sounds like a good idea. I'm glad you gave us more information. :)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Just make sure you keep your mouth open and breathe through your MOUTH and not your nose. I only had to make that mistake once.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
If you're doing it correctly, the only long term effect is that you'll be breathing easy. If you use too much salt, or the water is too hot or cold, you could irritate the sensitive skin inside your nasal passages. If you're doing it wrong, you'll know right away because it'll burn slightly or feel uncomfortable. If you're doing it right, it'll feel warm and wonderful.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
For some reason, I can see this going horribly wrong for me. I would probably end up inhaling the water.
peepshow peepshow 10 years
A co-worker tried one these things year last... she always had allergies, was sick, congested, etc. I didn't follow up to see if it had long term effects, or was just like a saline nose spray that was more temporary.
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