I bet you're looking at this going, "Ugh, no thanks - that's nothing I actually want to try."
That's pretty much how I felt about nasal rinsing before I did it. It's definitely a little weird getting used to the feeling of shoving a bunch of water up your nose, but there's absolutely no pain involved at all. It's mildly uncomfortable when you're getting used to it, but it's no big deal.
When I went back to the allergist after a couple of years, she noticed how I'm always SO stuffed up. Personally, I was so used to it that it never bothered me - I didn't know any different. Well, now I do! She told me to use the NeilMed Rinse twice a day. If you rinse with it once or twice a day, you will feel a LOT better. It loosens up all that stuff you can't blow out of your nose in a normal fashion. Doing it just one time won't completely sell you, but after a few days, it's a complete game changer.
So, this is what you do:
- Boil filtered water (they say filtered is fine, but I like to take that extra step of precaution and boil it as well) and set it out to cool
- When the water is just a tad warmer than room temperature, pour it into the squeeze bottle
- Open one of the packets, pour it into the bottle and put the top on. Place your finger over the open hole on top and shake to mix the contents. This is what is in the packets: Preservative Free Sodium Chloride and Sodium Bicarbonate mixture (pH balanced & isotonic for maximum comfort)
- Blow your nose thoroughly
- Lean over the sink and put the bottle up to your right nostril and lean your head forward and to the left. You can do it through your left nostril too - just tilt your head toward the right instead
- Gently squeeze the bottle steadily, leaving your mouth open so you can breathe and so the water can flow through your nostrils correctly
- Make sure to have some soft paper towels on hand so you can blow your nose thoroughly after each flush. You're going to need more than one tissue because of all the water
- Do this 2 or 3 times until the bottle is empty and you're done!
So, overall I love this thing! I just need to figure out a way to work it into my morning routine every day. I've managed to do it on a handful of days, but it's hard when I'm running a few minutes behind schedule. It DOES take about an hour for the slight pressure to go away after you flush, but it's totally worth it. There are no harsh chemicals involved, so this is a great way to go.
Have you used this sinus flusher or a neti pot before?