Some people don’t think neti pots are a viable solution to their nasal problems. Some even find it disgusting putting a pitcher into a nose and letting salty water flow through their sinus. Yet, these devices have been successfully washing people’s noses for many centuries. It seems Western doctors finally start prescribing them as an effective nasal remedy, too.
Salty water can’t shift your septum back to its natural position, but it surely can help you breathe easier. Deviated septum is a condition when one of the nostrils is partially blocked which in turn obstructs proper breathing. In that case a naris gets much narrower than usually and is very easily clogged by mucus and debris.
These simple devices do great job washing the unwanted bacteria and dirt from your nose. As the water streams through your nostrils, it wipes out all mucus and debris leaving a partially blocked nostril clean (or at least cleaner). This is not easily achieved with other remedies, including popular medications (e.g. sprays). What’s even better news – the whole procedure is practically free of charge.
How to Use Neti Pot if You’ve Got Deviated Septum?
- You add some salt to warm water to make a solution (exact proportions vary depending on the size of the pot).
- Then you pour the solution into a pot.
- Finally, you put the end of the pot into one nostril and tilt your head letting the water stream through your nasal cavities and exit from another nostril.
- You repeat the same procedure all the way round switching nostrils.
Nasal irrigation washes away bacteria and debris. It is recommended as a daily routine for any person, but patients with deviated septum are among its top beneficiaries. They perform exactly the same procedure as described above – no special adjustments are required for this condition.
The only real difference is they might not be able to perform proper nasal irrigation from the first attempt. Some patients reported they were not able to run the water all the way from one nostril to another. The water left the same nostril it entered. Others said it worked, but only in one direction.
Yet, this doesn’t mean the remedy is completely ineffective in such cases. Quite on the contrary, salty water still washes a great deal of bacteria and debris from the nose, making its way further down the cavities day after day. Until after a few days of nasal irrigation the water cleans the cavities completely and runs freely into one nostril and out another one and vice versa.
Don’t forget to blow your nose gently each time after you finish the procedure. This way you will speed up the cleaning process. Usually patients with deviated septum, who use neti pots, notice improvement from the first day of their treatment.