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Living Well: Do You Use the Neti Pot for Allergy Issues?

White ceramic neti pot on a blue cloth

Do You Use the Neti Pot for Allergy Issues?

If Not, Then You Should Be Using It

by J.M. Troppello

Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am not a medical expert.

I simply wanted to share how neti pots can be useful if you have allergy or sinus issues or are congested from a cold. I have suffered from severe allergy issues for years. Once I started using the neti pot, I found immense relief. I use it every day and it’s been very helpful in relieving my sinus and allergy issues.

According to FDA physician Eric A. Mann, M.D., Ph.D., “Nasal irrigation devices — which include neti pots, bulb syringes, squeeze bottles, and battery-operated pulsed water devices — are usually safe and effective products when used and cleaned properly.”

A neti pot is made from ceramic, glass, metal or plastic. It is used to clean out the nasal cavities. A saline solution or sodium chloride (salt) mixed with water is used as a flushing aid to clean the nasal cavities. As the head is tilted to one side, gravity draws the saline solution through the cavities and out during the nasal irrigation process.

Decreasing Risk of Infection

It's important to note that if not cleaned properly, bacteria can form inside the neti pot. If you don’t use the right type of water, you risk infection from bacteria.

Remember the following guidelines when using a neti pot.

  • Don’t use tap water unless it is boiled and then cooled down to room temperature before use, so you won’t burn your nasal cavities. You don’t want to get infected from “bacteria and protozoa, including amoebas—that may be safe to swallow because stomach acid kills them. Yet, in the nose, the bacteria can stay alive in the nasal passages and potentially cause serious infections.” (Source: FDA)

  • You can buy distilled or sterile water in the store to use in the neti pot.

  • Filtered water can be used. Check this listing from the FDA to find more information about the proper filters to purchase that are safe when using a neti pot.

According to Dr. James T.C. Li from the Mayo Clinic, “Be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open air to dry.”

I use previously boiled and cooled water to rinse my neti pot to make sure it stays clean and bacteria-free. I used a ceramic neti pot for years. I accidentally dropped it and the pot broke. I decided to use a plastic one instead. I purchased a plastic antimicrobial net pot, so it won’t break and to prevent bacteria from forming.

Acclimating to the Neti Pot

Using a neti pot can seem intimidating at first.

No one wants to pour water into their nose. It goes against your instincts because getting water in the nose, as for example during swimming, is not good.

However, when you’re using the neti pot, you are not pouring water down your nose and into your throat. There is a specific way in which you use the neti pot. Once you get the method down, it becomes relatively easy to use each day.

Basically, you are leaning your head over a sink and bending your head slightly downward. You will do one nostril at a time. Start with one side first and as your head is bent down, then tilt it to the side. Then you put the spout of the neti pot slightly into your nostril—and keeping to this posture—you start to pour the water into your nostril.

If you are positioned correctly, the water will flow through your nasal cavities and come out the other nostril into the sink. It will not flow back into your throat, and you will be able to breathe through your mouth. You will need to let the water drip all out of your nostril and then repeat with the other nostril.

Getting Started with the Neti Pot

Millions of Americans suffer from sinus and allergy issues. Many people take sinus and allergy medicine to find relief from these symptoms of clogged nasal passages, facial pain, and headaches.

According to Melinda Ratini, DO, MS, “Although nasal irrigation using the neti pot has been around for centuries, its use is on the rise in the U.S. The neti pot originally comes from the Ayurvedic/yoga medical tradition.”

You can review this listing of the Top 5 Neti Pots from Best Reviews for more details on the pros and cons of high-quality neti pots, as well as links to compare prices.

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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