Overuse of neti pots might also be detrimental to overall health. Long-term users may be more prone to attacks of rhinosinusitis, an infection in the lining of the sinuses. This is thought to be because the salt gradually depletes the mucus that acts as a protective covering on the membranes of the nose.
Use the neti pot once a day if you have sinus congestion. If you find it to be effective, you may want to try it twice a day while you still have symptoms. You may find the use of a neti pot so effective that you choose to use it regularly. Ready to try one?
“If you use a Neti Pot, once daily is usually enough, but it can be used three to four times for more severe symptoms, as long as you’re not experiencing any discomfort with use. If you have allergies or chronic issues, you can use it three times per week to help prevent symptoms,” Dr. Alatorre says.
Nov. 11, 2009— — MIAMI — Contrary to popular belief, irrigating the nose every day with the help of a Neti pot may actually make patients more susceptible to sinus infections, researchers said here.
Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad nose irritation.
You can repeat the irrigation up to three times per day if you feel that it is helping your symptoms. Some people continue to use it to prevent sinus issues even when they don’t have symptoms. However, some doctors warn that regular use of nasal irrigation may actually increase the risk of sinus infection.
Although use of a neti pot for nasal saline irrigation may temporarily improve sinus infection symptoms, they say “its daily long-term use may result in an increased frequency of acute [sinusitis] by potentially depleting the nose of its immune blanket of mucus,” write researcher Talal M.
Research has found that the Neti pot is generally safe. A small number of regular users experience mild side effects, such as nasal irritation and stinging. Nosebleeds can also occur, but they are rare.
If using tap or filtered water, boil for several minutes and let cool until lukewarm. Tilt your head sideways over the sink and place the spout of the neti pot in the upper nostril.
Symptoms of bacterial sinusitis include: Pressure or pain around the nose, in the forehead, in the cheeks or around the eyes. The pain often gets worse if the affected person bends forward. Discolored, thick nasal discharge.
Treatment Nasal corticosteroids. These nasal sprays help prevent and treat inflammation. Saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, reduces drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies. Oral or injected corticosteroids. Aspirin desensitization treatment, if you have reactions to aspirin that cause sinusitis.
Use distilled, filtered, bottled or boiled water at room temperature — never tap water. Tap water may not have been filtered or treated like distilled or bottled has and may cause infections. “There are potential side effects to nasal irrigation,” says Dr.
With chronic sinusitis and decreased sense of smell, inflammation interferes with the ability of your sinuses to drain and is why you experience a loss of your sense of taste and smell.