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Old 06-12-2006, 06:33 PM   #1
Frank Menendez
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I got myself an ear irrigation syringe for my sinus.

Filled it up with a saline mix, leaned forward and tilted my head to the side. I tried and tried again and nothing came out through the other nostril :-( What am i doing wrong?!
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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TMI !!

Maybe responses better be offline . . .:happy:
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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Sometimes nothing is all you get. Blow your nose gently after.
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:30 PM   #4
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Sorry David! :-)

Thanks Adam, will give it a try...
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #5
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One of the most important things with nasal irrigation is that the vessel forms a tight seal with your nostril. This will ensure that the saline solution flows all the way through your sinuses.

I prefer the large stainless steel neti pots like the ones available at http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/clean/nasal.html, although you might also look for a product called SinuCleanse which you can find at some drug stores.

If you are so congested that you have difficulty, it might be a good idea to try it after taking a decongestant so that you will know what if feels like with a clear nose first. This can also help to alleviate the drying effects of some decongestants.

As always, make sure that you clear any water that might be left in the sinuses afterward by bending at the waist, moving your head around, and blowing your nose.
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Old 06-13-2006, 12:45 AM   #6
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Moving to Injuries (the land of the medical). There is another thread there (that you started) where this snotty topic could have continued.
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Old 06-13-2006, 05:13 AM   #7
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Frank, using a neti pot that forms a seal is MUCH easier. It's worth the $15-20.
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Old 06-13-2006, 05:37 AM   #8
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Frank,
A "modern" version of the Neti pot, that involves some pressure, may do the trick.
http://www.neilmed.com/

Then again, you could have one of the physical barriers that were discussed earlier (congenital, deviated septum, polyps, allergy-type inflammation/swelling, etc.). Be careful if you try the NeilMed, I don't believe it's enough pressure to damage anything.

Did you blow your nose before you tried irrigating it? That may help as well.
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Old 06-14-2006, 09:59 PM   #9
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Dude- use a .99 sports water bottle. Fill it up with H20 and salt on your own.

Easy, cheap and effective even if there are- ahem- blockages.
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