By VentMaskTeam member: Guy Rawson
I have a natural curiosity about things that sometimes induce me to try stuff... just to know first hand what its like, especially if I am told I may not like it.
Example…. I was told that netipots cleaned out you nasal passages and made you feel great, but you probably won’t like it the first few times you do it. Did that make my curiosity go “ok I can take your experienced word for it”…or did it say “TRY IT!”?
A netipot looks deceivingly harmless and simple to use.
First you must use sterile water DO NOT USE TAP WATER in your Neti. Tap water contains trace amounts of bacteria and protozoa, which is usually not a problem when you drink the water because your stomach acid does its job. But, when you are mainlining those organisms into your nasal passages, exceptionally bad outcomes can result…from sinus infections to death. Yeah DEATH via infections from netipots are documented...but if you follow directions they are perfectly safe.
I boiled my water….remember LET IT COOL DOWN enough before you try and pour that through your nose. Visualize molten lava flowing thru your nasal cavity. If you can comfortably leave your finger in the water for a bit then it should be comfortable to pour thru your nose.
Alrighty then sterile salt water cooled to a comfortable temperature...CHECK!
Clean NetiPot…Check! Fill’er up and lets do this!
I bend over my sink, I place the netipot in my left nostril and tilt my head to what I thought was the recommended degree to start the water flowing. Flow it did! It did not flow how they tell you it will. I ended up gagging and in reflex jerked my head up spewing netipot salt water like a small fountain. The salt water ended up down my throat and kind of felt like I swallowed a bit of the Pacific Ocean for a little while after.
Since I am not a quitter and I do not give up after one failed try, I wiped myself off… stuck that netipot right back up my nose…tilted my head and proceeded to repeat the afore mentioned exercise.
Third time was not a charm either. I even tried using the other nostril…unsuccessfully.
So I Googled "how not to drown while using a netipot" and found instructions that I could follow. That’s when my A-HA moment kicked in…HOLD YOUR BREATH & USE YOUR TONGUE TO BLOCK THE THRAOT… also do not try and pour the entire contents of netipot at one time! SUCCESS!!!
The total time spent doing this exercise? About 40 minutes…I think now that I know how I can do it in WAY less.
Will I continue to use my netipot on a consistent basis? Maybe.
Do I feel different? I do feel a bit clearer.
My conclusion…yeah I think a netipot could help your sinuses and allergies. My research told me most recommend using the netipot twice a day. I know I won't do that whole thing twice a day, maybe once a week for me.
Also be careful because overuse can cause loss of the mucous that protects you from getting sick. Mucous consists of antimicrobial agents that are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral in nature. One such agent is known as lactoferrin that stimulates our immune system. It is very effective against various types of viruses that cause infections including the ones that cause cold, such as rhinovirus… so you don’t want to damage that stuff.
Of course eliminating more of the allergens in your home with a VentMask filter means you breathe in less dust and pollen thus giving the netipot less to clean outta there…but for what you do have in there a netipot can flush it out like a schnozzle nozzle!
Wishing you the best health & IAQ(IndoorAirQuality)..…TheVentMaskTeam.