Using a neti pot safely

No sooner was I on the road to recovery from the flu, then I came down with a cold, courtesy of a family member who stopped by for a visit and spread his germs around my house.

Please everyone! If you’re sick or think you’re getting sick, STAY HOME!

Anyway, as I said in my previous post about home treatments for the flu, there’s not a lot to do for a cold or flu virus other than treat the symptoms and wait it out.

I like to use my neti pot to help ease nasal congestion, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a consumer information update about using a neti pot safely.

They recommend using boiled or sterile water rather than tap water, and I concur. Although the risk of using tap water is extremely small, why take any risk at all when boiling water is so simple?

As I write this, I am sipping a cup of tea and waiting for the remaining water in the tea kettle to cool down enough so I can neti pot before bed.

Although it isn’t a miracle cure for a cold, and the virus will still take 7-10 days to run its course, rinsing with the neti pot keeps the mucus in my sinuses moist and easier to blow out.

Decongestants, on the other hand, dry out my nasal passages and can actually make it more difficult to clear my nose.

The FDA consumer information sheet has directions on how to use a neti pot, and tips for using it safely. Check it out if you are interested in giving one a try.

Sláinte,

Frugal Nurse

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