If you suffer from allergies, sinus infections or other issues that irritate your sinuses and nasal cavity, you might consider using a Neti Pot. A cheap approach to managing your sinuses, a Neti Pot may reduce the different conditions that inflame the sinuses and improve your quality of life.
A Neti Pot irrigates the sinus cavity, removing the build up of mucus and irritants. You insert the spout of the pot into one nostril and, while bending over a bowl or sink, pour warmed, salted water into your nasal cavity. The idea is that the salt water runs through your nasal cavity, removing pollen, dust and mold spores or other irritants that may be irritating your mucous membranes, causing consistent rhinitis or sinus infection.
Daily use maximizes the benefits of the Neti Pot. More frequent use, such as once in the morning and once at night, might be appropriate if your condition is particularly difficult. Get a doctor's recommendation if you are considering using the pot more frequently, although bad infections and colds may merit using the pot up to 4 times a day.
To get the benefits of using nasal irrigation to clear your sinuses, you don't have to invest in an actual pot. While they are relatively inexpensive--at about $10 for a kit that includes the salt and pot--you can also use a funnel with a thin spout and cup. The key thing to remember is that if you are not buying a Neti Pot with supplies; make sure to use non-iodized salt.
A good Neti Pot makes the process easier and more efficient. Search for a kit that includes a long-spouted, small pot with an easy-to-hold handle as well as a salt solution. While you can purchase aromatherapy products, there's no need for these items and they may well irritate your sinuses further.
You may be tempted to use the pot only when you are suffering from a cold or allergy attack. However, regular use of Neti Pots can minimize colds and other bacterial infections. According to a study published in "The Laryngoscope," a study of 211 people found that 23 of 30 nasal symptoms were significantly improved by using a Neti Pot twice daily.