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    I use "Neilmed" which is a squeezy bottle version. Just using warm tap water is enough, I don't have to microwave it.

    One tip I was told at the start was to breathe through an open mouth, "kind of like Darth Vader," and that will counteract the instictive panic that strikes when you feel water at the back of your nose.

    It totally does the trick, and I'd recommend this to anyone!
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    I haven't used a Netipot or Neilmed but I have used Hydrasense which is a spray bottle with saline solution in it.

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    I also use the Neilmed squeezy bottle version and think it works well. The only downside is that the relief is temporary so you pretty much have to do the rinse every day if you have frequent sinus problems. I am rather forgetful and especially bad about doing those kind of things when I travel, so I don't get as much out of it as I can. On days I do remember to do it, I feel a significant improvement in my sinuses and reduction in sinus headaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi View Post
    I was instructed to use the squeezy bottle version by an ENT person I was referred to. I have been enthusing to everyone about it ever since, it's amazing what a difference it makes. I did find it really, really horrible to do at first, it's like when you jump in a swimming pool and water goes up your nose, and things like that have a tendency to give me a panic attack, so I really had to concentrate very very hard on shutting off my brain and not letting myself think about what it felt like at all. But it only took a few days to get used to it and after that it's been entirely unproblematic. My breathing feels much clearer, my post-nasal drip massively reduced. If I do wake up with a runny nose the rinse sorts it all out.

    I agree with oleada about the pain when I tried to use it when my nose was too blocked though And the leaflet that came with it did warn against that. I don't use it at the really bad stages of a cold for that reason, but when things subside to clearer drippiness it is once again magic at cleaning things out.
    Bumping up an old thread, but my bf has been suffering from a terrible hacking cough for a few weeks. He hasn't been able to sleep for the past couple of days. (Neither have I, for that matter.)

    He finally went to a doctor today and apparently it's allergies. (In fact, the guy sitting next to him in the waiting room had the exact same cough. ) Great that it's not contagious, but boo that it won't get better until the pollen season is over. Would a neti pot help with this cough? His nose isn't blocked but I think it's all draining into the back which is why he's been coughing.

    I think he's a little weirded out by me pushing the neti pot on him since I don't use one myself, but I know two people who it's helped A LOT and it isn't a medication (which weirds him out even more) so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try.

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    My husband uses Neil Med the squeeze bottle version.
    It helps him a lot. But he says it is absolutely horrible to do.

    He boils water at dinner (to sterilize) and it is cool enough to use before bed. I don't think I'd use tap water...

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    I've used a neti pot for years. It's really not that bad. And I've always used tap water and I've never had a problem.*shrug*
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    I just started using it yesterday, also because of horrible allergies and this pesky cough that I can't seem to shake. I'm desperate enough to try anything at this point. It's supposed to reduce the post-nasal drip that drains into your throat.

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    I forgot to mention that I occasionally use Albuterol to help me cough up the gunk. Your boyfriend might want to ask his doctor about it.

    (Sorry for not editing my previous post but the editing window takes about 20 years to load on my phone.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katoomba View Post
    I just started using it yesterday, also because of horrible allergies and this pesky cough that I can't seem to shake. I'm desperate enough to try anything at this point. It's supposed to reduce the post-nasal drip that drains into your throat.
    Let me know if that works! I think I convinced him to get one and start using it today. Another solution he came up with was to move up with his parents for a few weeks immediately before a trip to Germany, but I think that's total overkill. Not that I'd be offended if he left me for a few months, but the last time he visited his parents, he was ready to leave after only 4 days because they were "driving him nuts!" He often doesn't think things through...

    Quote Originally Posted by galaxygirl View Post
    I forgot to mention that I occasionally use Albuterol to help me cough up the gunk. Your boyfriend might want to ask his doctor about it.

    (Sorry for not editing my previous post but the editing window takes about 20 years to load on my phone.)
    He's quite adamant about not taking prescription meds if he can help it, but last night at midnight I went down to the 24-hr CVS to get him Delsym because he couldn't sleep, he was coughing so hard and frequently. He was desperate. And he still only took a half-dose.

    The doctor he saw today at urgent care (he doesn't have his own doctor, no idea why) was pushing lots of meds on him and he didn't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    He's quite adamant about not taking prescription meds if he can help it, but last night at midnight I went down to the 24-hr CVS to get him Delsym because he couldn't sleep, he was coughing so hard and frequently. He was desperate. And he still only took a half-dose.
    That's understandable, I don't like being drugged up either. But it's better than trying to breathe through cement.

    Chlortrimeton is a good, short acting antihistamine, if he's interested in trying one occasionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    It might have been me, but I had one totally blocked nostril and nothing could get through and it became really painful. Then I remember reading in the manual not to use it if nostrils were really, really blocked.
    When I've tried to use it and I'm really plugged up, the solution just runs down my throat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jodi View Post
    I was instructed to use the squeezy bottle version by an ENT person I was referred to..
    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    I use "Neilmed" which is a squeezy bottle version. Just using warm tap water is enough, I don't have to microwave it.
    That's the one I use; I just find it a little less messy than the pot, and easier to use. The instructions in the box and on the YouTube videos do tell you to use distilled or boiled water only, but I really can't be bothered.

    One thing I have noticed is that my ears are often blocked for a couple of hours after, which is annoying. I wonder sometimes if I'm doing something wrong. I keep using it faithfully every night, but I'm still stuffed up constantly, and I don't know why it's not working. Maybe I need to do it 2 or 3 times a day? My headaches are far less frequent, though, so that's a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimkom View Post
    That's the one I use; I just find it a little less messy than the pot, and easier to use. The instructions in the box and on the YouTube videos do tell you to use distilled or boiled water only, but I really can't be bothered.
    Me either

    One thing I have noticed is that my ears are often blocked for a couple of hours after, which is annoying. I wonder sometimes if I'm doing something wrong.
    That happens to me sometimes if I squeeze too hard. Sometimes I'll even get a little in my eustachian tube. Holy crap does that hurt!
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    Another NeilMed user here - I'll never give it up although it can be kinda gross sometimes. I've had a recurring sinus infection for months and still have some symptoms after two rounds of antibiotics, probably because of allergy season.

    A doctor friend of a friend told me to put one small drop of baby shampoo along with the solution and it helped clear a lot of stuff out but I still needed the antibiotics for the final kill.

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    I've tried it on and off with mixed results, but I don't think I've ever been as regular as I should be to really see the best impact.

    I'd definitely recommend starting with a squeeze bottle such as neil med first. The extra sense of control helps getting over any nerves and gets you accustomed to the process more easily, in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Bumping up an old thread, but my bf has been suffering from a terrible hacking cough for a few weeks. He hasn't been able to sleep for the past couple of days. (Neither have I, for that matter.)
    Is it a dry cough? Allergic coughs usually are, I used to have it a lot when I was younger, spend whole summers coughing, just thinking about it hurts In my case it was a combination of excessive dairy consumption and sensitivity to chlorine.
    Anyway, if your bf isn't into medications he could try any of the following vit C, magnesium and beets(betaine), I've found them all to be helpful in different occasions but it's impossible to guess which one he could be needing it depends a lot on his nutrition, maybe you can figure out which could be lacking, cough is a bitch hope he gets better soon.

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    I use the netipot every morning and I swear I don't get as many colds as I used to. For a cough, I find Albuterol a life-saver.

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    i used the neti pot the first time ever today. I am pregnant so i cant take meds and have a horrible sinus type cold going on. I keep getting viral pink eye because of the cold. I made sure I blew my nose first so i could at least get air in and out. The first time i started i wasnt mouth breathing enough and scared myself but got the hang of it. I did blow my nose afterwards and I think i did it a little hard as my ear hurts a bit. It cleared out lots of stuff and it seemed to help a bit. I'll try again later this evening as im willing to do anything to make this go away (ive been getting sinus headaches too which isnt fun)

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    It must be that time of year for everyone. I went out and bought the squeeze bottle thing this morning. I used it and though there wasn't a whole lot of crud that came out, some did and I feel better. I hate it when I get the sinus headache and it feels like they are dry, dry, dry and that's what's causing the headache.

    I'm on day three of five of antibiotics for a sinus infection, so maybe the double whammy will help clear it up. I almost constantly have sinus issues, so I'm hoping this will make a believer out of me!

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    I use the poor man's version - a dixie cup . But I've been meaning to buy one now for the longest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    BWould a neti pot help with this cough? His nose isn't blocked but I think it's all draining into the back which is why he's been coughing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Katoomba View Post
    It's supposed to reduce the post-nasal drip that drains into your throat.
    This is what it's helped with most for me. I used to wake up feeling so sick with all the gunk in my throat in the morning and it's much, much better.

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