Never Get Sick: Nasal Washing Sounds Gross, but It Works!
After suffering through 10 years of sinus infections (and their accompanying face pain, clogged passages, and two to three rounds of antibiotics per infection), I was ready to try anythingeven the all-natural neti pot that my doctor recommended. Instructions: Fill with warm water and add a smidgen of salt, then tilt head with left nostril over sink and pour mixture into right nostril; water mixture and a lot of snot will exit through the left side.
I soon started watering my nose like it was a geraniumand coughing like an old man. But after a few days, I was clearing out congestion before it had a chance to set up camp in my sinuses.
Docs are on board with nasal irrigation: University of Michigan researchers have found that it’s much more effective than saline sprays for limiting the severity and frequency of sinus problems.
Since I got my neti, I haven’t had a single sinus infection or even a bad cold. Downsides? A little after-use drainage (i.e., nose rain). But blowing your nose after each treatment limits sudden downpours.
Last Updated: August 20, 2008
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