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What is a Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation?

Posted May 04 2010 11:24pm

Sinus and allergy symptoms can cause those who suffer them to feel as though they can never get a breath of air. Many have learned that neti pot nasal irrigation can allow them to once again breathe freely by flushing and opening nasal passages.

what is a neti pot nasal irrigation

Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation – Why it works

The sinuses are filled with cilia which trap airborne particles that enter the sinus tract, acting as a filter for the lungs.  When these particles are substances that you are allergic to the body reacts by secreting histamine which is a protein that triggers the symptoms of sneezing, coughing, itchy watery eyes, the symptoms of allergies.  This is the body’s attempt to forcibly rid the body of the allergen.  During this process the mucosa of the sinus tract becomes inflamed and swollen and the production of mucous is increased.

The practice of neti pot nasal irrigation or nasal lavage consists of using a neti pot to pour a small stream of warm water solution, usually containing saline or baking soda into one nostril and letting it either trickle out of the other nostril or back into the throat where it is then spit out.  This process rinses the allergens from the sinus tract and clears mucous.

The symptoms of allergies are triggered by allergens and the warm solution introduced through the nasal and sinus passage flushes out and rinses off the mucosa of the nasal and sinus passages removing the irritants that caused the allergy reaction.  Clogged sinuses are cleared physically as the solution rinses through clearing mucous and blockages from the nasal and sinus passages.

Pros of Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation

  • Irrigation helps thin and flush out mucous opening the sinus passage and improving your ability to breathe through your nose.
  • It helps to remove allergens from the nasal passage giving almost immediate relief from allergy symptoms.
  • Irrigation has no side effects such as the ones traditional antihistamines sometimes cause.
  • When used properly, cleaned and replaced routinely you can reduce or relieve your sinus and allergy symptoms effectively without medications.

Cons of Neti Pot Nasal Irrigation

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