Sinus cleansing--Squeeze bottles?

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bookworm21
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   Posted 2/19/2012 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
How does a squeeze bottle work for sinus cleaning (versus a neti pot)? Do you just squeeze water up one nostril and stuff comes out of the other?

The neti pot stings the inside of my nostrils and it's really uncomfortable.
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/20/2012 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you talking about the saline nose sprays? If so, no it doesn't normally go thru one side and out the other. It just rinses out the side you spray on, goes into your sinuses and moisturizes the sinus cavity.
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Alcie
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   Posted 2/20/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
If you mean the bottle you fill with your own saline, I like it a LOT better than the Pot. The pot just pours. The bottle can squeeze enough pressure to actually get into the sinuses. I've had the surgery and have to use it every day.

The ordinary squeeze bottle that you buy filled and just gives a little spray just moisturizes the nostrils a little, fo me doesn't get into the sinuses.

One annoying thing about the refillable bottle is your maxillary sinuses will drain again a couple of times when you tip your head forward. That's because the opening to them is on the top, not the bottom like the other sinuses. It can be embarassing if you're not expecting it. Carry a tissue!

My allergist says you can buy the salt packets if you want, but she has us just using a half tsp salt and a pinch of baking soda. The packages are nice for travelling.
 
PS: if you are using just water, that is why your nose stings.

bookworm21
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   Posted 2/21/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I want something that cleans out the sinuses. Alcie, what brand do you use/where did you buy it?

I have been using the salt packets but just realized that they're expired...
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Silas1066
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   Posted 2/21/2012 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The best method is to use a sinus irrigation machine with "pulsating" action. That really gets in deep and clears allergens, bacteria, and fungus out of your sinuses.

I have managed to clear sinus infections with just this method, and no antibiotics.

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   Posted 2/21/2012 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My allergist gave me a NeilMed bottle. I've seen them at all the pharmacies and even grocery stores around here. My ENT has them too. You might ask your doc if he has samples.

I was using my tiny teapot before that. I wasn't about to buy a plastic teapot!

I bleach my containers every few days, just rinse it and the straw thingy with a little straight bleach and rinse again with clear water, turn upside down to drain and dry. I did that with my little teapot too.

I rinse twice since the container seems to hold about half what I need.

I just started using Mucinex 12 hour again. It thins the mucus, seems to have stopped my most recent infection. It's just generic guaifenesin, but the key is it's in a time-release formula. The plain generic doesn't work more that a very short time.

Silas, welcome to the forum. Where did you find your pulsating machine?
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