Nasal congestion/ Neti pot users

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  1. Cowboy

    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    So had visit with ENT yesterday and he recommended a xylitol saline solution. Does that sound familiar? Yep it's a sweetener that is used in Sugar free gum and apparently is a very good at killing bacteria. So used in nasal solution regularly it will kill out bacteria that grows and causes sinus infections. He said you can buy one called xlear in lots of different variations of spray and packets for nettie pots. You can also look out the formula if you want to make your own large solution. So I just wanted give you all a tip I paid $80.00 to get.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Makes me feel.like I'm drowning. Hate it.

    It seems to work for many. My wife says it works.

    YMMV...
     
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    I tried the Neil Med squeeze bottle type and while it definitely works, it’s quite uncomfortable.

    I also found that if my sinuses were too constricted and I just squeezed the saline solution up there, it made my sinus pressure worse.

    The YouTube videos of people using them are kind of funny.
     
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    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    I'm not a fan of neti pot either. But I do like the arm and hammer solution that you just spray.
     
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    I have the motorized one and it always makes me feel worse for 15-20 minutes. But I get relief once it drys up but I can't get everything out. Some people it just goes in and out. Not with me it goes in and I have to roll my head in about 100 different directions to get it drained.
    I am definitely interested in this solution though because it could keep a sinus infection from developing.
     
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    Use mine when allergues are bad. Works good for me. I just use the old teapot style and neil med packets....
     
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    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    rantingredneck ....glutton for punishment..... Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I'll have to get some of this. I've been a neil med squeeze bottle user for years. I don't have to use it daily or even really all that often anymore. But during spring pollen and winter cold season it is indispensable.

    I'll give the xclear stuff a go.
     
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    Using a nasal flush is a solution to a problem I try very hard to prevent.

    Thick mucus that has to be manually washed out means that I have not kept my sinuses hydrated. Use something like Mucinex and drink plenty of water to thin mucus so it flows out naturally.

    Clogged sinuses often result from irritation and swelling. This time of year, gas heating is particularly bad at producing dry, irritating air. As I type this, a humidifier is less than six feet from me. Tylenol helps for immediate reduction of irritation and swelling.
     
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    I'm the same way. I feel worse initially but moving my head all the different ways seems to eventually get it out. I find that if I turn my head upside down and hold, it tends to flow once I pick my head back up. I haven't had a sinus infection since I started using the squeeze bottle 12 years ago. Prior, I usually picked one up every March or sometime around there.

    I'll have to give some of this a try.
     
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    Cowboy Glances can deceive

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    Yeah I've had turbinate reduction surgery and then ablations to touch those up as well. Problem is when you have allergies on top it just doesn't last forever. He is also having me use nasqort and another generic spray together because they are the two active ingredients in a 300.00 a month spray. So far so good.
     
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    I use one, I resisted trying one for a very long time. But my allergy’s have gotten so bad I was desperate. I used it the first time and was embarrassed. I had made it out in my mind as something so horrible. Reality is if you do it right it’s not bad and give blessed relief.
     
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    I use the Navage power nasal flush unit. It is amazing what comes out when your head is congested.
     
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    Be extremely careful with the Xylatol, It is poisonous to animals.
     
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    So true!

    I once entertained my young neice and nephew this way... "hey kids, wanna see something cool?"
     
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    I’ve had several nasal surgeries and am a polyp factory. My dr prescribed a mometasone rinse to help me stay clear. It’s milder and cheaper than the nasal sprays. Went in last week for a 1yr checkup and everything’s great, the polyps haven’t reappeared. I mix the rinse with the salt solution, use the squeeze bottle to fill my sinuses while in the shower. Pinch my nose & move my head around to coat/rinse everything, then blow clear.
    Works wonders. My son tried it and declared it magic.
    Blue cross won’t cover moments one, so they sent this replacement.
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    I have one and it works when either I have a sinus infection or my allergies are bad. It is very uncomfortable at first but the worst part is listening to the wife talk about brain-eating amoebas for an hour afterwards :rolleyes:
     
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    My wife may have been chatting with your wife so I put the end of the brain-eating amoebas discussion by using distilled water ;)
     
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    I think the only 2 cases via netipot were in Florida. Rest were from swimming in lakes in Florida. Either way those amoebas die in boiling water, which is one of the netipot steps. It is inconvenient to wait for it to cool down so distilled water is much faster.
     
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    It has been about 30 years since my first sinus surgery. For a long time I used to treat the problem, but now I focus on preventing the problem.
     
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