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Neti with a blocked nose

I've recently started becoming quite proficient with my neti pot - it's great when I have morning sniffles or a drippy nose.

At the moment I have a fully clogged up nose/sinuses. It feels like someone has poured epoxy resin or something up my nose and it's hardened solid. When I try to do the neti thing most of not all of the water just flows back out of the nostril I'm pouring into, I'm assuming because there is a heap of crud in the way of it. If I could get some water flowing through I guess it would help dislodge more and more of the... snot.

Any tips for clearing a clogged up nose? It's awfully unpleasant to have to breathe completely with my mouth and it makes my throat irritated.



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Nov. 7th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Keep at it! The warm salt water will slowly but surely break up the blockage, so use it, wait an hour, use it again and keep using it regularly throughout the day. It will break up with some persistence!
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I have the same issue, and that's what I did. It works eventually and you feel SOOO much better after!
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I just took a hot shower and almost burst a blood vessel blowing my nose on the flannel - but the combo of that and the steaminess meant my nose was a bit clear - so I quickly did the neti thing (what IS the verb for "using the neti pot"?) and then blew my nose. Ewww, a huge gob of snot came out, but it feels loads better now. Yay for ventilation!
Nov. 7th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
You can keep at it, but you may want to try it in a hot shower or some such. Sometimes, when I can't get the water to flow, it's not because of snot, but because of swelling in the upper nostril. At that point, I have to take an antihistamine to calm it down and then I can use the neti pot. Not so natural, but necessary at the worst of times.
Nov. 7th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
When I get like that, I've had good luck first using a cool pack on my nose/cheeks for a while to get the swelling down. It also seemed to help me to try the neti pot with COOL water, rather than warm. I know all the directions say to use warm salt water, but when everything is swelled up and clogged, cooler water seems to calm things down.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I use mine with cool water most of the time, for that reason.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
When I try to do the neti thing most of not all of the water just flows back out of the nostril I'm pouring into, I'm assuming because there is a heap of crud in the way of it

Position your head so the water does not flow back out the first nostril. You want that warm salty water to sit inside your nose and passages so it slowly breaks down whatever gunk is in there or soothes your inflamed passages.

Do both sides, too. Even if only a tiny bit of water can get into the clogged side. I've had better luck when I attacked the blockage from both sides.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
While it's not particularly natural, if you are really clogged up try adding some guaifenesin (brand name Mucinex). It will thin out the mucus and when used in conjuction with the neti pot may help to unclog things.
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
I thought Mucinex was for lung congestion, not nasal/sinus congestion?
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
It thins out the mucus whether it is in the lungs or in the sinuses. My daughter has had chronic sinusitus and 2 sinsus surgeries related to that. She is on guaifenesin every day just to keep the nasal mucus thinned out. This was one thing her ENT Doc insisted upon.
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Your poor daughter! I had chronic sinusitis when I was a kid. I wish mucinex was around back then! :(
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
when my congestion is so bad it hinders my ability to neti, i steam first with a bowl of boiled water and congestion/infection relieving stuff. i usually use a bit of eucalyptus oil, a clove of garlic (cut into two or three pieces) and a teeny bit of tea tree oil. i just hang out with my face and the bowl of steamy goodness under a towel for 10 or so minutes (and my eyes closed!). then blow my nose, then use the neti pot. it usually makes a pretty big difference.
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
OMG. Reading this makes me want to use a neti pot so bad. And my passages are clear, but still!
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