Whatever nasal problem you have, it sure does make you feel weak and ill. What makes it even worse is the discomfort it brings right on the manifestation of its signs and symptoms. One irritating nasal problem that you want to prevent or get rid of is sinus infection. Like any other nasal problems, it can cause severe headache, clogged nasal passages, and even facial pain. Even so, traditional therapies, like nasal irrigation with the use of Neti Pot, have been effective as utilized by the infamous yogis. This practice has been adapted over the years and still popular these days. If you just heard of this sinus treatment, read on to know how to treat sinus infection symptoms with a Neti Pot.
- Prepare the things you need namely Neti Pot and saline solution. A neti pot is a small pot with a spout at one side, and a handle at the other. It resembles a small teapot and is often made up of ceramic, plastic, clay or glass.
- Make the saline solution in a container. Pour 8 ounces of warm water into the container and add ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt. You can change the measurements according to the preference that suits you. Just make sure not to put too much salt as if you were putting it into a box of popcorn. Although salt primarily functions as an aid in the cleaning out of bacteria causing the sinus problem, only sufficient amount must be added to the solution. Take note that excessive salt can cause irritation to your nose.
- Mix the solution well, with the use of a stirrer, until salt is completely dissolved. Stinging of the nose may result if the solution isn't mixed well. This solution will serve as your nasal irrigation solution. You may use prepared solutions that can be bought in stores.
- Pour the solution into the Neti Pot. Make sure that the solution is not too hot or too cold. You can use your finger to test the water for its temperature. Do not forget testing or adjusting the water temperature so that you won't tamper the delicate lining of your nose.
- Move into a sink with your face fronting the sink. Doing the treatment on a sink would prevent messy cleanup.
- Position the Neti Pot as you carefully insert the spout into one of your nostrils.
- Tilt your head at a 45-degree angle but with head positioned slightly higher than the chin. Your empty nostril must be angled to the sink.
- Elevate the Neti Pot until the solution enters the nostril where you have inserted the spout. While pressure is felt as the saline solution enters your nasal cavities, breath comfortably through your mouth. The solution will then come out through the other nostril. Let it flow freely to the sink.
- Face the sink after a few seconds to cease the entrance of the saline solution into your nostril. You may also do the same if the pressure seems unbearable or you've done emptying the Neti Pot.
- Remove the Neti Pot. Before you proceed with the other nostril, blow your nose gently to remove guck that causes the sinus infection. Remaining water should also be expelled out. Hold a tissue outside the nose as you give a gentle blow.
- Do the same process for the other nostril. Once done, try breathing normally.
You may be one of those people who own a Neti Pot but do not know how to use it. But with the guide above, you now have the knowledge in using Neti Pot especially in treating sinus infection symptom, hence, making this simple teapot-like thing into a powerful sinus reliever.