How to Use a Neti Pot

It is important to learn exactly how the neti pot is used, as proper technique can minimize side effects and discomfort. Using the pot, a saline solution is poured into one nostril and comes out the other. Using an inappropriate irrigation liquid can cause discomfort and irritation; isotonic saline (0.9%) is probably the least irritating and is most similar to the body's natural fluids.

General Neti Pot Instructions

Using a neti pot can take a little practice in order to get it "just right," and having poor technique (or using an inappropriate irrigation liquid) can increase the risk of discomfort. While it is a good idea to follow the instructions for your particular neti pot, this article will attempt to address some of the most commonly encountered issues when using a neti pot.
 

Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Neti Pot

There are few general steps that most people agree upon for how the neti pot is used. These steps include:
 
  • Obtain a neti pot and an appropriate saline solution (your neti pot will come with packets or instruction on how to make your own).
  • Be sure to stand over a sink or bathtub.
  • Relax -- this is a very important step.
  • Keep your mouth open and breathe through your mouth; this helps keep the solution from going down your throat and reduces the drowning sensation.
  • Tip your head slightly to the side and gently pour the solution into one nostril.
  • Let the solution flow through your nasal and sinus passages and out the other nostril.
  • Repeat with the other side.
  • Remove any remaining solution by blowing the nose and/or performing various "exercises" to help dry out the nose.
  • Make sure to clean the neti pot on a regular basis.
     
It may take practice to find just the right angle and head tilt.
 
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