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This week Shmelly and I are going to attempt to clean our nasal passages and clear our sinus with the wonderful neti pot.  Even though the Big O has spoken about this, it’s my kleenex toting bff Colleen that suggested Shmelly and try it out (and for doing so will get some awesome swag!).

(According Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-9/neti-pots)

Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend nasal irrigation with a Neti pot or other method for their patients who’ve undergone sinus surgery, to clear away crusting in the nasal passages.   Many patients with chronic sinus symptoms from bacterial infections, allergies, and environmental irritants also have begun to regularly use the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, facial pain and pressure, and reduce the need for antibiotics and nasal sprays. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments.

The basic explanation of how the Neti pot works is that it thins mucus to help flush it out of the nasal passages, according to David Rabago, MD, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a leading researcher on nasal irrigation.

A more biological explanation for how the Neti pot works has to do with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia that line the inside of the nasal and sinus cavities.  These cilia wave back and forth to push mucus either to the back of the throat where it can be swallowed, or to the nose to be blown out.  “Chronic sinus problems cause the cilia to beat in a slow and uncoordinated way,” Rabago explains.  Saline solution can help increase the speed and improve coordination of the cilia so that they may more effectively remove the bacteria, allergens, and other irritants that cause sinus problems, he says.

Very curious to see if this helps out my sinus situation.  So bottom’s up or through the nose!


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