So you have a stuffy nose. Maybe what you would call a sinus headache or sinus pressure. But no indication of an infection – no fevers, no truly gross green stuff. So, probably not full-blown sinusitis. You probably don’t need to see your doc about this. On the other hand, it’s annoying. Maybe even miserable. So what do you do about it? Nasal sprays? Oral, over-the-counter decongestants? That crazy, hippy Neti pot thing? What’s that all about, anyway?
Well, this brief article is for you.
I am here to tell you: try nasal saline rinses. Yes, that crazy Neti pot thang. Only, I don’t really like using a Neti pot myself. My preference is a small plastic squeeze bottle, one with a bend in the neck of the bottle so that I don’t need to put a bend in my own neck to use it (like I do with a Neti pot).
If YOU struggle with a chronically stuffy nose, sinus headache or sinus pressure, you owe it to yourself to give nasal saline rinses a try. I promise an improvement! Really. I promise that you will breathe better through your nose. I can’t make that sort of promise with most of medicine, but this (saline rinsing) is guaranteed to improve your stuffy nose! And you know that’s true. How? Because I don’t make any more or less whether you believe me or not.
Nasal decongestant sprays have some serious risks associated with them – don’t become hooked on oxymetazoline! That’s right, use nasal decongestant sprays for more than a few days and you risk Rhinitis Medicamentosa. So, use this easy, gentle, natural solution: nasal saline rinses. Take a look at the articles below to learn more. It works for me. It will work for you. Best success!
Here is a list of articles on Nasal Saline Rinses:
… what they are, when and why to do them, how to do them, how to make your own.
“Sinusitis? Stuffy Nose? Rinse It Out!” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2012/09/nasal-saline-rinses-to-treat-sinusitis/
“Sinus Rinses: If Once / Day is Good, Is 4x/Day Even Better?” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2010/06/pediatric-sinusitis-allergies-allergic-rhinitis-saline-rinses/
“Sinus Rinses: What Good Are They?”
Additives for tough cases:
A review of the naturally-occurring sugar, Xylitol, and how it can help you fight off infections (including sinusitis): “A Story About a Sugar: The X-Factor” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/06/a-story-about-a-sugar-the-x-factor/
A review of how honey helps to fight infections, including biofilm-forming bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis: “Honey: Nature’s Antibiotic” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2010/06/honey-natural-antibiotic-pediatric-sinusitis-asthma-biofilm/
When you over-use nasal decongestant sprays, severe stuffy nose results. That is, you simply cannot breathe through your nose. Here is a review of the problem, and how to handle it: “Rhinitis Medicamentosa” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/05/rhinitis-medicamentosa/
Concerns over brain-eating amoeba and nasal saline rinses have been raised in the popular press. Here is an interview with Infectious Disease Expert, Robert W. Tolan, to review the FACTS: “Brain Eating Amoeba and Nasal Rinses” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/12/brain-eating-amoeba-and-nasal-rinses/
The Special Case of Pregnancy Rhinitis:
A review of the physiological causes of Pregnancy Rhinitis and what to do about it:
“So WHY Do You Have Rhinitis of Pregnancy?” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2012/08/what-causes-pregnancy-rhinitis/
“Rhinitis of Pregnancy 3.0” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2012/02/rhinitis-of-pregnancy-3-0/
“Rhinitis of Pregnancy: Allergic Rhinitis, or Something Else?” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/12/rhinitis-of-pregnancy-allergic-rhinitis-or-something-else/
“Rhinitis of Pregnancy: What it is, and What to DO About it” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/03/rhinitis-of-pregnancy-what-it-is-what-to-do-about-it/
Special Case of Chronic Rhino-Sinusitis:
“5-Step Program to Eliminate Chronic Sinusitis” http://www.boogordoctor.com/2011/02/5-step-program-to-eliminate-chronic-sinusitis/
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