Posted by Nicole on February 17, 2014
all seen it; that strange little blue pot, sometimes made of plastic,
usually in a bathroom. We've seen the commercials. We may have even
seen someone use it, or try to tell us about how it can make such a
big difference. The real question is, does nasal irrigation actually
work, and can it help people who suffer from seasonal discomfort?
no getting around the fact that it looks, and even feels, ridiculous
to pour water through one nostril and have it exit through the other,
but those who have tried nasal irrigation and stuck with it have
nothing but good things to say about the benefits. For seasonal
discomfort sufferers, it may be one of the best ways to fight a runny or
irrigation typically uses a saline solution that is flushed through
the nasal cavity. The most common type would be the neti pot or the
bulb syringe, but there are also sprays and other devices that can be
used. The unifying factor is that they all pass saline through the
nasal cavity. The water and saline go into one nostril, and out the
that action occurs, the idea is that the saline solution will
effectively wash out any bad microscopic life that may have taken up
residence inside of your nose. That also includes pollen, spores, and
dander. An important thing to remember is that you should only use
sterilized water for this, and that distilled water is preferable.
Regular tap water can still have microbes inside of it, along with
minerals and other substances which you don't want sitting inside of
one of your more sensitive, and vulnerable, organs.
from the irritation that occurs whenever something unwanted shows up
inside of your nostril, another problem that seasonal discomfort sufferers
contend with is the thick mucus, which can cause stoppage inside of
your nose. When that happens, you end up with a runny nose, or a
completely stuffed up nose. It's actually very important for your
mucus to be able to move around freely, but to also be consistent in
its viscosity. The cilia inside of your nose work in coordination
with that mucus to trap harmful particles before they get any
irrigation not only washes that protective layer clean, but it also
helps to keep your mucus healthy and running smoothly.
you run off to go get your own neti pot, keep in mind that hygiene is
also extremely important. Washing any device that goes into or near
your nose is key to keeping any bad bacteria away. Some devices can
be run through the dishwasher, and others will need to be cleaned by
hand. Store them in a dry, cool place, and you'll be on your way to a
springtime you can actually enjoy.