Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Neti Pot - You Want To Put What Up Where?

Dr. Oz, the Oprah and the Neti Pot.
I have terrible allergy and sinus problems. As far back as I can remember I went to an E.N.T. guy. I've had so many sinus x-rays that at a rave, I just need to bop my head around instead of carrying one of those pesky glow sticks. I even went so far to have surgery for a deviated septum, which on a side note, was the most horrifying surgery *ever* (at one point I had blood coming out of my eyes. MY EYES. *shudders*).

But still, my sinuses are clogged and uncooperative.

Lately, I've been at my wits end. I can't breathe, I go through an ungodly amount of Kleenex to no avail. So, on behalf of myself and everyone around me, I decided to try the neti pot.  Basically a neti pot is a little tea pot looking thing that you fill with warm salt water. Then, you pour water in one nostril and it comes out the other. Winner winner chicken dinner your sinuses are clear and you are happy. Housewives everywhere picked one up after it was on an Oprah show.

Umm, yeah.

Before you try anything like this, please for crying out loud, read the directions. If you do it wrong you can end up with water in your ears, lungs or at the very least swallow some really gross water.

 After the internet informed me that the neti pot would solve all of my troubles and after watching videos on it (yes, it was gross), I wandered down to the drug store and bought a neti pot.

Just like the pictures (and no, I'm not going to post one of me using it), it looked like a little tea pot. I cleaned it thoroughly, per the instructions. Then, I took some warm bottled water, filled the pot up and poured in the little packet of salt that was included. I shook it up and then stared.

And stared.

Looking at the pot, the room got hazy as I remembered elementary school and the class clown. He used to shove spaghetti up  one nostril and pull it out the other. He was a big hit. Of course, this was the same kid in 4th grade that shoved so many crayons up his nose I think they jabbed his brain.

I picked up the little plastic pot and stared at it some more, with the Thanksgiving Verizon commercial playing in the background of my head. You know the one, where the woman calls someone on the phone and is looking at a turkey, "You want me to put what in the what what?"

I leaned over the sink and tilted my head to the side and tipped the pot in my nostril. It was disgusting. I lasted a couple of seconds with water flowing out of my nose in dribbles. Then I tried the other. Same thing. I must have went through 10 paper towels, salt water flowing out of my nose. At one point, I thought it my eyes were going to shoot out salt water.

I'm not entirely sure what I expected. After all of those disgusting cleanse internet ads, I was under the impression really gross things were going to splatter everywhere.

Thankfully, that wasn't the case.  After a half hour or so, I realized that I could breathe. Oh my.

I think I'll give it a few more tries, but I'll go on record and say that the ick factor is overshadowed by me being able to breathe.

The choices you make as an adult.


  1. Thanks Dr OZ for sharing your experience of neti pots and After see your post, I realize that you was entered in so critical situation finally, you used netipot and solve your problem as well as i got so much information about sinus problem from your post.

  2. netty pots
    is the first choice of people because of its effective result.It gives relief from sinus contagious disease.I also used neti pot and i Love my neti pot.