This post is about snot. Read at your own will...but I think it's funny if you can stomach it.
I have a cold.
I have been using my NetiPot to help relieve my symptoms.
I think the NetiPot has caused me to have Nasal Incontinence. I will explain.
I felt good last night, just a little stuffy so I used the NetiPot and went out with my husband and our friends to dinner and a comedy show. We had a blast but on the way home my sinuses started to feel "full" again. I tried to ignore the feeling because I didn't have any tissues in the car and I'd just have to wait until we got home to blow my nose.
So I turned the car onto our street and started to pull into our parking spot when out of no where I let out a giant sneeze. I just couldn't hold the contents of my sinuses in anymore. With out being too gross, I'll just tell you that the result was an excessive amount of nose goo running down my face. I think Carl is permanently grossed out by me now. He tried his best to find any type of clothe/ napkin/ tissue for me to wipe my face with but for once my car was clean and free of any of those things. So instead, he reaches into the back seat and grabs my big floppy straw hat and hands it to me and says, "Use this, you never wear it anyway". I couldn't even laugh because the nose goo was streaming down my lips and I did not want it in my mouth.
After cleaning my face I proceeded to go inside the house and use the NetiPot again before I headed to bed. I think the benefits of the NetiPot out weigh the occasional nose diarrhea side effect.
Now, if you are not familiar with the NetiPot I'll explain it. It looks like a mini tea pot, mine is blue. You simply fill it with a salt water solution, put the spout in one nostril, tilt your head a bit, and let gravity do it's thing. The solution will pour out of your other nostril helping clean out any debris that may be irritating your sinuses. There are a few important things to remember when using the NetiPot:
#1 Do it in the bathroom, preferably with the door shut so your spouse can't take pictures or video tape you doing it.
#2 Use lukewarm water. The heat helps loosen any gunk but if it's too hot it'll probably sting and irritate your sinuses.
#3 Gently stir/shake/swirl the salt water solution so that it is evenly distributed. If you don't mix it well enough, the last bit of water will be full of salt and it won't be pleasant.
#4 Tilt your head slightly to the side and forward. This prevents the solution from draining into your throat.
#5 Keep your mouth open so you can breathe!! Oh and don't try and talk or laugh while doing it.
And to demonstrate just how NOT to use the NetiPot, here is a little video I found on YouTube. Like the title of the video says, this girl is an idiot. I'm not sure why she is talking like a chipmunk...maybe she put crack in her NetiPot.
Hope you enjoyed!