Thursday, October 27, 2011


I was going to show what I am buying and doing for a Christmas gift, but I did not get the next step done.  (Fighting with sinus infection/headache all week.) 

So, I decided to show what I buy for my sinus problems.  I have had them all my life.  Thru the years I have found things that help.

The first is a NETI POT.  A Neti Pot is a small ceramic(or plastic) teapot used as a sinus rinse.  I paid about $12.00 for mine on sale.
The Neti pot is filled with warm water and a small packet of a saline nasal rinse.   I use it by leaning over the bathroom sink and tilting my head to one side.  I put thespout in my top nostril and "pour" about 1/2 the water in.  It will drain out the bottom nostril.  Then you sniff, and blow.  And repeat with your head turned the other direction.
(Confused?  There are videos on line that demonstrate.)
After my Dr. suggested I do this (about 6 years ago) I had less problems.  (I would have even less if I did it everyday - problems or not.)

Another option (that a daughter uses) is Sinus Wash SQUEEZE BOTTLE.  It works on the same principle as a neti pot, but you just lean forward over the sink.  It is plastic and costs about $10.00 and includes saline packets.

Next is a muscus relief product.  Musinex is a brand name one.  I buy Walgreen's brand when they are "Buy One, Get One Free".  It is an over the counter version of a prescription that I used to use.
This taken with a full glass of water, which helps to thin the mucus, and is taken about every 4-6 hours.  (I have no medical experience.  AT ALL.  These are just some things that I have learned.  I do have my honorary Law and Order law degree, however ;)

Lots of water, a humidifier, chicken noodle soup, warm (I use hot) showers or baths with steam.  You know the drill.  Everything our moms said.  (Sleep helps, too:-)    

I know.  Boring "What I Buy Wednesday.  But, I really recommend the Neti Pot.  Friends have called to borrow it from me.  Mine is ceramic and was bought at Walgreens.  I have read reviews of plastic ones, and it seems they tend to leak.  Mine does not.  If you have any questions, I am happy to try and answer them.


Emily said...

I was so hecka miserable last week and the sinus rise helped SO much! Easier than the neti pot cuz no coordination is required:)

Leslie said...

I get the behind the eye headaches and go in and us the neti pot. The difference is immediate. I love it and would recommend it to anyone.

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