For all of you allergy sufferers…





            You absolutely should get yourself a neti pot!  It is a small container with a long spout used to rinse the nasal cavities with a saline solution as a therapy for upper respiratory ailments.  It is extremely effective and very inexpensive!  ”Neti” is actually Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing” and has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine.  Okay, I am not going to lie, it is weird and takes a little getting used to.  But nothing, I mean NOTHING will clear your sinuses like this can.  It will flush out irritants, like dust and pollen, and thins out mucus. Nasal irrigation with a saline solution will bring relief without having to use medication.

            From WEBMD, “A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities. These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out. Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.  Nasal irrigation is an effective way to relieve sinus pain, pressure and other symptoms, whether it is in addition to antibiotics or instead of antibiotics.”

            A neti pot is filled with distilled water and salt or baking soda.  The more congested you are the more salt and/or baking soda you should use.  The neti pot is completely safe for use during pregnancy and is recommended by the American Pregnancy Association and the Mayo Clinic.  They claim it is not just for allergies but for sinus infections as well.

            The neti pot is very effective at breaking up mucus encountered when you have a cold.  It can relieve sinus headache and facial pain.  Dr. Richard J. Harvey, a professor of rhinology at Macquarie University, also points out that higher volume neti pots definitely trump nasal sprays. This is because the neti pot actually accomplishes true nasal irrigation removing irritants as well as excess mucus.” (1)

            Seasonal allergy symptoms commonly include nasal congestion and post-nasal drip. According to Melissa Pynnonen, M.D., co-director of the Michigan Sinus Center, “One of the best methods for relieving the symptoms is nasal irrigation. It’s like a power washer for your nose.” Nasal irrigation with a neti pot is even said to work better than medications for common sinus issues. Many doctors, like Dr. Pynnonen, consider it “a first-line treatment for common nasal and sinus symptoms.” (2)  A 2010 scientific review published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy also confirms that nasal irrigation with a saline solution is not only a safe and inexpensive way to improve a stuffy nose caused by allergies. It also improves overall quality of life for the allergy sufferer and leads to less of a need for allergy medications.




            After years of advocating the neti pot to my father, he FINALLY tried it and was so impressed that he is a regular user.  But it took years, of trying to convince him!  Do not wait years for relief!  I told you it is weird, and all I can say is, “Get the sensation!!!”

          
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3.     Hermelingmeier et al, Nasal Irrigation as an adjunctive treatment in allergic rhinitis: A systematic review and meta- analysis, Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2012 Sep-Oct; 26(5): e119–e125.

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