Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Neti Pot how-to

As you probably remember (from my incessant bitching here and on facebook) I recently had a cold and then subsequent sinus infection. The doc had me dosed up on antibiotics for the infection and also told me to use a saline mist in my nose a couple of times a day to help clear the sinuses of their mucusy gunk. Well, the saline sucked a big d*ck and didn't seem to do anything except make my eyes water. Meanwhile, everyone around me kept saying "you should get a neti pot", "get a neti pot", "a neti pot will get you cleaned out", "I enjoy having sex with farm animals" and since having sex with farm animals has never helped me before (no matter how hard I tried) I reluctantly ponied up the $14.95 to have the privilege to pour water in my nose.

For those of you who don't know, a Neti Pot is a plastic tea pot looking thing that you fill with water and a magic potion that you then dump into your nose to flush the sinuses. Good fun.

So, without further ado, here is a step by step guide to using the Neti Pot

Step one: fill pot with water and magic potion.

Step two: place pot on sink for photo op.Step three: position toilet paper in a convenient location. I chose the door handle immediately adjacent to the sink.
Step four: jamb pot up nose, tilt head slightly and commence pouring. Notice the water enters one nostril, goes through the sinuses and then exits the other nostril.

Step five: some of the magic potion will drain to the back of your throat. Try not to imagine what the salty brine water tastes like.

Step six: grasp for toilet paper as your schnoz drips water and snot everywhere.

Step seven: blow your nose two, three or four times.

Step eight: repeat with other nostril.

Step nine: rejoice in cleansed airways.

here is the after pic. notice the moist eyes? while this isn't an uncomfortable procedure it sure does make my eyes red and moist.

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the original big ring said...

So you liked it and it worked?! I've seen it in the phamacies and heard people using it and seemed to like it. I imgaine it'd be nice to use right after a dusty race too.

rick is! said...

I wouldn't say that I exactly enjoy it but it does seem to work really well. I'm breathing super easy these days. I wonder if it would help to clear out a stuffy nose.

Jason said...

The pic of the N/Pot in your shnozz HAS to be your new profile pic.

rick is! said...

good call. said...

using eucalyptus and peppermint oils works well too.put a drop of each into a boiling cup(or wicked hot) of steaming water, then cover your head with a towel over the cup (to help keep in the vapors), breath the vapors in, blow your nose a bunch and bam just like that you are done!