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Neti or Not?
Created on 4/9/2013

You may have heard about neti pots - they look like small open bottles that a genie might pop out of in a children's cartoon. But they are not toys.

Neti pots have been in use in some cultures for centuries, specifically to help clean out nasal passages during allergy season, and as a way to help manage colds and sinus problems.

The neti pot is used to hold sterile saline solution which is then directed into your nostrils in a specific manner. It's pretty easy even though it might sound pretty messy - it's also very effective.

It makes sense when you think about it - gently irrigate your nasal passages with sterile saline, and out your nose and mouth (again, a little yucky but very effective) comes not only the saline but also small particles of pollen, mucous (like I said, yucky...) and other material that could worsen symptoms.

Using the neti pot properly can be a game changer for people with allergies - but there is at least one word of caution - DO NOT USE TAP WATER!

There have been a few cases where people have irrgated their nasal passages using tap ater only to contract a very serious infectious disease. You must use sterile saline. 

To learn more about how to manage your allergies watch this VIDEO - http://www.harristeeter.com/other/videos/yourwellness-Video-Collection/Allergy-Season.aspx

Enjoy a beautiful spring, and be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **


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