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Do you wash your nose out?
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:38:59 am »
Last week I had to visit a doctor in France, for an ear infection caused by a cold and blocked sinus, and they talked about washing my nose out as if it was a normal thing. Anyhow, I thought it was worth a go, even though I wasn't sure how to do it. I mixed up saline in a pint glass (roughly teaspoon salt:pint, which I think is normal saline proportion) using lukewarm water, and snorted and blew out my nose until clear, nostril at a time if needed. To my surprise, without going into description of the emissions, it really seems to help and ends up feeling good. The mild discomfort of sucking down some saline is easily outweighed by the benefit.

Anyone else wash their nose out? Care to share techniques? I would deffo recommend to anyone with a cold and blocked nose.

Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 12:48:32 pm »
Add a pinch of sodium bicarbonate for extra zing!
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 12:57:35 pm »
I understand that there are special squeezy bottles available for This Sort Of Thing.

*googles*

Ah, that's the thing: a "neti pot".

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YTEPKJ4/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?pd_rd_i=B00YTEPKJ4&pd_rd_wg=uvUL8&pd_rd_r=PF3T9X7T8X6G0JGG8BSZ&pd_rd_w=uXops&th=1

I have never used one.

I must admit I haven't "washed my nose out" for many years. It was something my mother used to suggest when I was quite small. Or maybe she was trying to drown me.
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 12:58:31 pm »
Neti pot.
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 01:05:02 pm »
Never done it and not seen it done nor recommended at my Medical Skule.

Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 01:37:11 pm »
Does this process improve one's pronunciation of French?
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 02:06:34 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 02:12:24 pm »
Why? when the inbuilt system malfunctions, you end up a blocked nose and potentially (in my case) an ear infection. I wouldn't suggest it is something you would want to do normally, but it appears to be an effective method of decongestant without medication.

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 02:17:37 pm »
My wife is a keen advocate of the neti pot. I tried it once and found it such an unpleasant experience that I won't be doing it again.

I'm not convinced of the supposed merits of the procedure anyway - it may seem like a superficially effective means of clearing your nostrils, but so is good old fashioned blowing your nose.

Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2017, 02:41:12 pm »
I always thought it was aimed more at congested sinuses than actual nostrils. Not sure quite how a neti pot is meant to work in detail – is it any different in effect from the French doc approved snorting method?
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2017, 02:54:49 pm »
- it may seem like a superficially effective means of clearing your nostrils, but so is good old fashioned blowing your nose.

Though it may be worse for your sinuses when you've got a cold:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16422073-100-dont-blow-it/


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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2017, 02:55:20 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

Wasn’t it Colonel Irrigation who did it in the billiard room with the lead piping?
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2017, 03:17:29 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

It's one of those things that people are fairly good at convincing you you need based on what comes out but that you actually don't need. But I suspect Madonna probably does it so it must be healthy.

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2017, 03:33:17 pm »
Here you go, Ham - a Canadian study found neti pots can relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, so it seems your French doc wasn't just selling you a Madonna treatment...
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/21/health/neti-pot-sinusitis-saline/index.html

- it may seem like a superficially effective means of clearing your nostrils, but so is good old fashioned blowing your nose.

Though it may be worse for your sinuses when you've got a cold:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16422073-100-dont-blow-it/

Interesting. You learn something new every day!

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2017, 04:11:44 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

Wasn’t it Colonel Irrigation who did it in the billiard room with the lead piping?

I think he got the lead out of the piping.
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2017, 04:13:11 pm »
My wife is a keen advocate of the neti pot. I tried it once and found it such an unpleasant experience that I won't be doing it again.

I'm not convinced of the supposed merits of the procedure anyway - it may seem like a superficially effective means of clearing your nostrils, but so is good old fashioned blowing your nose.

There's the thing. Sometimes, your nose is blocked, innit? Speaking personally there are times when I blow but still can't breathe through my somewhat substantial conk. By snuffling in my glass I found that (after about 30 seconds) I had  pleasantly clear airways, which actually lasted a while. Plus I was at that state where my poor old schnozz was getting sore, and it helped that.

I always thought it was aimed more at congested sinuses than actual nostrils. Not sure quite how a neti pot is meant to work in detail – is it any different in effect from the French doc approved snorting method?

I've no idea, and to be clear the French doc did no more than tell me I needed to clean it with saline, the snorting snuffling method is (c) Ham (quite appropriate really).

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2017, 06:03:38 pm »
A patient once described a Netipot to me, I though they were unhinged but google shows its a real thing.  A proper French Dr would have given you something for your Liver and a suppository.

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2017, 06:10:50 pm »
Use boiled water, really use boiled water. 

I use it regularly as I got one from the hospital after my nose op.  I like the idea and does help.

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2017, 07:58:22 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2017, 08:00:45 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

Wasn’t it Colonel Irrigation who did it in the billiard room with the lead piping?
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2017, 08:41:26 pm »
Why would you do it?  your nose has the most amazing mechanism for cleaning itself.  If we were designed to wash our noses out we would have balloons built in to do it with. I suspect it is a bit like colonel irrigation and vaginal steaming.  Quite useless but probably not too dangerous

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The problem might be that the system can no longer cope and needs help.

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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2017, 09:01:14 pm »
I use a neti pot now and again. It helps.
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Re: Do you wash your nose out?
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2018, 10:19:46 am »
we've been doing it with my son to treat chronic rhinitis, along with nasal drops, seems to be having a beneficial effect. 

it's a well established practice in yoga, as is a waxed string fed up the nostril, back out through the mouth and "flossed".  I've not tried either yet.
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