Monday, July 5, 2010


Today's post is kind of gross but what the heck. I've had pretty good luck with my sinuses until the past year or two, when at times I feel some pressure and get headaches from them. Or at least it seems that is what is causing the problem. Other than that, once in a while I'll get allergies, and about once or twice a year suffer through several hours in which I can't seem to stop sneezing.

Someone suggested a "neti pot" to clear out my sinuses. I looked into this, which involves pouring fluid in one nostril and draining the fluid and whatever mess is in your nose out the other one. The thought of that didn't sound very appealing.

I wound up buying something called "Sinus Buster" which is a nasal spray that contains capsicum (the oil that makes chili peppers hot) and some herbs. I tried it and indeed it makes your nostrils tingle like inhaling wasabi, but it really didn't work for me.

Then I also decided to see what sort of solutions were sold by my favorite store, Costco. I was surprised by how many products there are that deal with unclogging sinus passages - apparently this is something that plagues a lot of people. Well, since my sinuses really weren't bothering me too much I never did buy anything. The other day, however, I thought I should get something to have on hand just in case these sinus attacks make another appearance.

I ended up buying something called "Neil Med" after reading about it on Amazon. It's similar to a neti pot except you squeeze the solution into your nostril using a plastic bottle, and then the gunk comes pouring out the other side. Again, gross, but the reviews said it really is not as unpleasant as it seems.

It's $26.67 on Amazon but $15.99 at Costco for the same thing. Here's a couple of pictures:

My sinuses weren't bothering me but I decided to try it out just to see what it was like. I figured maybe some of you out there had wondered the same thing I did - how uncomfortable is it to use this stuff?

Well, I have to say if you follow the directions, it is not at all uncomfortable. Gross, yes, but it is more pleasant than putting capsicum up your nostril and a lot more effective.

The directions tell you to put 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled or drinking water in the plastic bottle they supply, along with a small packet of saline solution mix. Just shake it up, then put the bottle up to one nostril, squeeze gently, keep breathing and keep your mouth open, and use 1/2 the bottle for one side then switch and use the other 1/2 on the other nostril.

Works like a charm.

Some of the reviewers said that they felt like they were drowning, or they got water in their ear or it gave them a burning sensation, etc. I think those are the same people who too literally follow directions on a GPS and turn at the exact moment it tells you to turn so instead of using common sense and knowing the instructions mean to turn at the end of the block, they claim the device told them to turn into a brick wall, which they did.

If you squeeze hard on the bottle, the liquid comes shooting out which of course is not going to be pleasant. If you don't breathe, your nasal passage shuts and the liquid can't flow. So you have to follow the directions.

Like I said, my sinuses weren't in real bad shape when I used it so I am not sure how effective it is, but the process itself is not bad at all. But it is indeed pretty gross, haha.. Just make sure you do it over the sink like the directions tell you, and keep some kleenex handy.

Okay, that's it for the unpleasantries.


donna said...

Gross, but I heard was very effective for allergy sufferers.

Anonymous said...

I saw that same package over at my parents place last weekend. I know my psycho sister made them buy it. Personally I live better with chemistry and do either the Zyrtec its generic or Zyrtec D. When the stuff first entered the market OTC I was all over it and had a constant therapeutic level going at all times during the season. Now I only take it when I need it. Its packed in single dose packs and both chewable and the pill form hit very quickly and last a full day. The molecule is too large to enter the brain barrier so there is no drowsiness. If anything, I might be suffering, just want to go to bed and take one and and up going out for dinner and having a great time. Costco sells it.