We have put together some commonly asked questions and concerns about using a neti pot for sinus/nasal cleansing.
"The Salt is uncomfortable in my nose, shall I use less?"
AS LONG AS YOU ARE USING CORRECT SALT, it is NOT the salt that is uncomfortable. You shouldn't feel any discomfort at all while washing your nose. It is important to use at least 1/4tsp salt per 250ml water, at most 3/4tsp salt per 250ml water. Using no salt at all will burn and sting! This is because our bodies have a natural level of salt in them so the salt strength of the water needs to be at least the same as that found in our bodies.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING SALT ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR JALANETI USE AS SALT CONTAINING ADDITIVES SUCH AS FREE-FLOWING AGENTS WILL STING AND BURN AND CAN CAUSE LONG TERM DAMAGE!
"The water keeps going down my throat!"
If this happens, you need to adjust your positioning. When you first start you may need to tip you forehead down into the basin while twisting to look up at the ceiling. If the solution still enters your throat, dip your forehead more. You will soon get the hang of it and be able to raise your head to a more comfortable position!
"How often should I wash my nose?"
There is no answer to this as it depends on you and your conditions. Some poeple wash their nose 3 times a day especially if they have Hay Fever, others only when they have a blockage. We always recommend that you form a habit of washing your nose once a day, adding it to your daily routine as this provides optimum health and efficiency of your pollution filter!
"My ears popped while Nasal Washing!"
This sometimes (but rarely) happens due to the involuntary opening and closing of the Eustachian Tubes and is nothing to worry about. Body heat will dry any moisture and any discomfort will soon pass.
"I feel light-headed after Nasal Washing"
This is usually only a temporary feeling which will pass once your boy is accustomed to it. There are a number of possible causes:
-As the Eustachian Tubes leading to your ears are cleansed, it may temporarily effect your balance.
-Some people tend to automatically breath deeply after nasal washing (maybe enjoying the benefits of freer breathing, or simply testing the effectiveness). This can lead to a sudden rush of oxygen to the brain.
-You may have raised your head to quickly!
This advice is not intended to replace that of a medical professional, and we recommend you seek advice from your GP if you are at all worried.