Do Neti pots really work?

Neti pots can be a great, drug-free way to get rid of nasal congestion. And, they're covered by a flexible spending account! If you've ever come down with the common cold or suffer from seasonal allergies, you know just how frustrating nasal congestion can be. The annoyance of having to blow your nose constantly, dealing with sinus pressure and inflammation in the nasal passages is an uncomfortable experience that can persist for weeks without proper treatment.

What is a Neti pot?

Neti pots are devices designed for nasal irrigation. Millions of Americans rely on Neti pots to treat sinus problems and provide nasal congestion relief. Neti pots rely on a nasal saline solution that mixes salt and warm water to flush out passages.

Neti pots have roots in the yoga/Ayurvedic medical traditions. They have become increasingly popular in recent years, despite being extremely effective in Western medicine for decades earlier. Neti pots can help relieve congestion, facial pain and pressure. They help sinus cavities to drain freely by thinning secretions, eliminating allergens/bacteria/irritants, and improving one's nasal and sinus health.

How do I use a Neti pot?

Before you use the neti pot, you'll need to create a saline solution of salt and sanitized water to help drain nasal passages. You'll need to combine a 1/4 teaspoon of finely ground, non-iodized salt with 8 ounces of distilled, boiled or filtered water to create this salt mixture. The salt needs to get completely dissolved in the liquid. Lukewarm water is the most comfortable temperature for draining nasal passages.

To start,tilt your head over a sink at an angle. Begin pouring the Neti pot into the first nostril, and it will actually first drain out of the opposite one. Remember to breathe through your mouth to keep your throat sealed as you empty half of the pot per nostril. Blow your nose after emptying out the Neti pot.

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