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Allergies? Try the Neti Pot

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Neti Pot for nasal irrigation

Allergy season is in full bloom and if you haven’t used a nasal rinsing system such as the neti pot, you might be surprised at how much it can help. Nasal rinsing or irrigation with a salt and water solution helps to thin out mucus in the nasal passage so that it can be flushed out.

Nasal rinsing can help with congestion and sinus pressure, in the end helping to eliminate the need for antibiotics and nasal sprays. During allergic attacks, one could certainly use the neti pot or a nasal irrigation syringe several times daily to minimize symptoms. Once under control, two to three times per week can be beneficial.

The neti-pot is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. Mix about 16 ounces of lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Once you’ve filled the Neti pot, tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle. Place the spout into your nostril nearest the ceiling, and slowly pour the solution into that nostril.

The liquid will flow through your nasal cavity and into the other nostril. If some should go down your throat, just spit it out. Blow your nose to get rid of the remaining solution in your nose. Refill the Neti pot and repeat the process on the other side.

The Neti pot is safe to use and is recommended by many ENT docs. Few people experience side effects. Probably the biggest consideration is to clean it thoroughly after each use. If you would experience nose bleeds, I would suggest cutting back on the frequency and/or amount of salt.

If you still need allergy relief, there are a number of great natural products that work well for sufferers. One of our most popular products is Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular.