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Do Neti Pots Work?

Updated on January 8, 2012

Natural Sinus Relief

Do you suffer from severe sinus and allergies? If you answered yes you most likely can testify to how painful and annoying the lingering headaches, face pain and clogged nasal passages can be. You are also most likely familiar with nasal saline’s, which is the use of salt water to help flush out the nasal cavity. There are several methods of nasal saline irrigation, but the Neti Pot has been in the spot light lately, and the big questions are, do they work, and how do they work?

Do these Neti Pots really work? They certainly do! Many who suffer from severe sinus and allergy symptoms highly recommend this product. In fact throat, nose and ears surgeons recommend the Neti Pot to their patients recovering from surgery. They say the Neti Pot helps to clear any crusting in the nasal passages, and agree that they are very effective for sinus relief as well. Your Nasal and sinus cavities are lined with cilia, which are tiny hair-like structures that wave back and forth. The cilia pushes mucus forward to be blown out of the nose, or back toward the throat to be swallowed. Saline solution increases the speed of this process and removes bacteria, allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems more effectively.

Every Thing Your Need To Know About Neti-Pots

Using a Neti Pot is simple to use and step by step instructions are provided with every new Neti Pot. If you have questions on how to use a Neti Pot, or are unsure that the Neti Pot is for you, consulting your nose and throat doctor to get you more familiar with the process is highly recommended. The Neti Pot is shaped much like a tiny tea pot. When the Neti Pot is filled with lukewarm water with the right amount of salt solution, you simply tilt your head over the sink at a 45 degree angle and pour the fluid into the one nostril until it goes through the nasal cavity and pours out the other nostril. At times you may experience some of this going down your throat which is fine, just spit it out and make sure to blow your nose to get rid of any remaining fluid in the nasal cavity.

Are Neti Pots safe? Yes they are generally safe, however everyone is different and some are more sensitive to salt than others. If you have any concerns it is highly recommended to consult with your doctor to see if the Neti Pot is right for you. For those who are regular users of the Neti Pot, only 10% have experienced any side effects, including nasal irritation, stinging, and nose bleeds which are extremely rare. Irritations can be prevented by reducing the amount of salt in the solution and changing the temperature of the water.

How often should I be using my Neti Pot. For thosewho suffer from severe sinus and allergy symptoms could benefit from using the Neti Pot once a day, or at least three times a week until symptoms reside is plenty.  Most folks will only use the neti pot on a need to basis.

If you haven't already tried a Neti Pot and suffer from severe sinus and allergy symptoms don't wait any longer, for less than a night out to the movies, you could get natural sinus relief.  No over the counter prescription medications that make you drowsy, no addicting nasal sprays, just a saline solution with some lukewarm water, that's it!


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    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Yellowstar2000, Thanks for commenting and so glad we found Neti Pots!

      Cheapsk8chick, You can totatly use a Net Pot, no worries, and when you do we want to know if it helped or if you drowned yourself, keep us posted, thanks for stopping by.

    • cheapsk8chick profile image


      7 years ago

      great hub! I have one of these neti pots, but have been scared to death that I'm going to somehow drown myself! I'm feeling more confident now, so maybe this Spring... If Sami Brady can do it, surely I can!

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      Candice Collins 

      7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      great hub! I love neti pots! they have been a lifesaver for me many times over. whenever I wake up feeling a bit stuffy or have a dry nose and throat, I use the neti pot with warm water (and the salt packets it came with) and I feel 100pct. better every time. I think I've prevented many colds from even coming on by using this. and yes, I have noticed that one side of my nose takes longer than the other to drain ..? who knows why? but in any case, the neti pot is something I will use always!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Katie so glad you enjoyed this hub, and thank you for the hub idea, I am looking forward to this month on being a very productive one and plan to write many hubs on natural remedies, because I agree natural is 1,000 times better!

    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I'm a big fan of the neti pot as I'm in the group of those suffering from allergies and sinus problems. Sounds like you may too the way you described the pain from it.

      Thanks for the great tips. I'd love to read a hub from you on essential oils sinus health like the q Q Tip method. Every little bit helps and like we all know natural is always 1,000 times better!

      Thanks this is very well done! Katie :)

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      MartieCoetser thanks for sharing, I hope your daughter and son-law find this helpful.

      Lady Guinerver, So glad to hear that the neti-pot worked for you. I had broken my nose many years ago and as a result have a deviated septum, not sure if I spelled that correctly, anyhow I noticed that my one nostril does take longer that the other. Hopefully some day I will get the nostril thing fixed and write a hub about that as well, lol. Thanks for commenting take care.

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      Debra Allen 

      7 years ago from West By God

      Yes it does work!!! It does take a while for the first time for it to drain to the other side. A while is like 30 minutes or more and several times a day the first day or two. Though I have nasal polyps and this could be the reason why it took so long. I also had a sinus infection come to life (more like I uncoverend it with th nasal cleanse) I was sick for a week, BUT, I don't need any nasal sprays and I can breathe and that is a good thing.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank God I don’t have sinus problems, but my daughter, son-in-law and their children suffers badly from this. I’m sending this straight to her via e-mail. Thanks.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      First off I am so happy you found Pamela, she started with us on ehow, and now we are all together again. I love this hub, I am allergic to any king of antihistomin, (spelling) and I am allergic to many meds and other things. To know there is a natural products makes me happy. Rate ths hub up it is awesome just like you. Merry Christmas my dear friend, I wish you and yours everything for you and yours, however let's all pray for peace on Earth. peace & love darski

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from NY

      Thank you Pamela99 Merry Christmas!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for this good information as my husband and I both have allergies at certain times of the year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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