Neti Pot advice

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Peety
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   Posted 6/5/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's time to try out my neti pot.
 
My sinuses continue to feel congested, maybe it's from the Remicade because they asked if I had been experiencing cold symptoms.  I had had a bad cold, but it cleared up pretty quick except for now this lingering sinus stuff. I don't want it to turn into an infection.
 
So, any advice from anyone who has tried a neti pot? I expect it's a pretty messy process, but I also hear they do a good job of clearing things out. 
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/5/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, what exactly do you want to know? I use mine when I have a cold or allergy issues, and it really does work wonders. It's neat and gross how much stuff comes out sometimes! And even if it doesn't seem like a lot comes out, it just feels good afterwards. It's really not all that messy. I've found that it helps to sniff (lightly) after I'm done pouring on one side. It seems to help loosen the gunk up before I give my nose a good blow. I also warm the water a bit. Mine came with little packets of solution, but you can make your own out of a mix of baking soda and salt. I'm not sure of the ratios, but I'm sure a quick google search will find it.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Peety
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   Posted 6/5/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got the solution, since I haven't used it yet and some came with it. Do you do it over a tub? Does it run all over your face?
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Nope, just over the sink. And it pretty much just runs straight out of the nostril that's pointing down (ie not the one I'm pouring the stuff in).
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


rdm
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I just use non iodized salt with mine. It came with a little scoop maybe 1/2 a thimble in quantity. After running a warm water/salt solution through one nosrtril force air through both nostrils at the same time to clear out water and crud, repeat on the other side. Neti pot is great for sinus, colds and allergy relief. For sinus in particular the key after using the neti is to not blow your nose in the traditional manner, that is do not plug one nostril and blow out the other. After doing the two nostril blow just let the remaining water drip out and dab it up with a tissue. It may take a while to get the hang of using it but it is worth the effort.

Peety
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Great, thanks. I am hopeful!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


princesa
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   Posted 6/5/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I got one when I had a bad upper respiratory infection last winter. You get the hang of it after a couple of tries. Just hold your head down low over the sink, tilt your head and pour. The water runs straight out the other nostril as fruitgirl said. I was amazed at how well it loosened up the mucous and allowed me to get rid of it when I blew my nose. It was quite a relief.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


suse
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I purchased a NEIL SINUS kit , which is very simular to a neti pot but in my opinion much easier to use . It is a plastic refillable bottle with prepackage saline that you mix with distilled water , and hold straight and it squirts directly up one nostrils and out the other with acward position ,. Can be found at any pharmacy in Canada and probably the US . This was recommended iby specialist nitally after nasal surgery, but I have continued to use with great results.

Supa
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have one similar to Suse-it is called the Nasaline and it is a syringe. It does the same job, but you just lean over the sink and plunge (gently) up one nostril and out the other. I am lazy and use the prepackaged salt.

It works wonders for me. I am very prine to sinus infections, and with the use of this plus grapefruit seed extract nasal spray, I haven't had one this entire year. Last year I only used the spray, and while it helped, I ended up on anitbiotics for a sinus infection once. I highly recommend it!!!
Laura
 
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages almost 4 and 2.5
 
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on:
Asacol 6pills/day
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Off of canasa because of severe joint pain (side effect)

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