This year has been a tough one for my sinuses. In February, I was onto my fourth (you read that right…4th!) sinus infection of the season. Every time I thought it was clearing up, it would just come back – with a vengeance! I went to the doctor with the first one. When the first two antibiotics didn’t work, they put me on a steroid. When that didn’t work, they tried a different antibiotic. Eventually, it cleared up, but I’m convinced that was a coincidence. Later, when the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th infections came, I didn’t even go to the doctor.
Several years ago, at the insistence of my mom, I bought a neti pot. I should note I’m not a swimmer. Why? I don’t like the feeling of water going up my noise, and I can’t seem to stop it from happening. So even though this neti pot was sitting in its box in the bathroom closet, I had only tried it twice. Both times, I had been pretty sure I was going to drown. When my fourth infection came on, my mom asked me again to use the neti pot. I had reached my breaking point. I was ready to try anything – and that included that crazy little pot that I was certain would drown me in the bathroom. I got it out, re-read the instructions, and gave it a go.
Within seconds, I felt like I was drowning again. Then, a light bulb went on in my head. The instructions specifically said to keep your mouth open. I remembered reading it, but I honestly didn’t think about it. I tried again, this time with my mouth open, and voila! It still felt crazy and weird, but at least I didn’t feel like I was drowning. The next few times, I had to consciously remind myself to open my mouth.
After just one use, I woke up the next morning able to breathe! When you’re sick, they recommend using it two to three times a day, so I did just that for the next week. For ongoing maintenance (especially if you have allergies like I do), they recommend using it once a day. I’ll admit – it stills feels funny every time I do it, but I survive. And let’s be honest – if I can do it, ANYONE can! Oh, and the best part? It’s natural, and it clears up allergies, infections, and other sinus issues with no antibiotics or steroids!