Have you guys heard of neti pots, affectionately referred to as “snot pots”? They’re supposed to be good for clearing your sinuses and are often used by people who suffer from severe seasonal allergies (ie – yours truly). I had never even heard of these things until recently… when about 4 or 5 people recommended that I try one to help with my allergies.
The way they described it sounded weird, so I looked around online to find a demonstration… check this out. I was completely mezmerized. As an aside, I can’t even imagine what this woman had to do in order to audition for the video… and seriously, how would you like that to be your claim to fame?
Anyhoo, after several days of having my head packed in snot, I decided to give this thing a whirl… They’re sold at most pharmacies and cost about $12 for a generic kit that also includes the saline solution stuff. I know I’m a first-timer, but my experience was nothing like the tranquil experience on the video. My eyes were watering like mad, I swallowed some of the solution and choked (I was leaning my head too far back, apparently), and the stream of solution was pretty much dribbling all over my face. My nasal passage was definitely clear afterwards, but it also burned like I had snorted a couple lines of coke… seriously, owww. I’m not sure there will be a repeat performance with the neti-pot.
I had attempted this so that I wouldn’t be snotting and sneezing at the pole-dancing class yesterday, but instead… my left eye was burning for hours afterwards from the stinging salt, so I kept winking at everyone during the class. Nice.
I also just read in this month’s Shape magazine that it’s not healthy to use these things regularly because they wash away the mucus that your nose produces to protect against bacteria and irritants… so you end up with more sinus infections. I mentioned this to an experienced snot-potter and she nixed that theory because she does use it regularly and has no issues. Silly research scientists.