Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sinus Rinse

For the past 5 years or so, I have been suffering from (among other things) recurrent acute rhinosinusitis.  I get between 4 and 5 sinus infections per year, each one its own separate episode.  Usually, I've seemed to get them from airplane travel.  Not sure if its the reconstituted air or the close proximity to so many germs or perhaps both.  But just about a week or so after every flight, BLAMMO!:  my sinuses will drip down my throat, my nose will clog, my head will hurt, and my face will swell.  That's right, my face swells.  I always feel so pretty.

A co-worker and I would commiserate over the agonies of sinus infections.  She knew all too well the pain I would suffer.  Before I moved to Miami, she gave me NeilMed Sinus Rinse system.  She, herself, would use a neti pot for nasal irrigation, but she's old-school to this practice and thought I should try a simpler device. 

So about 4 months after moving to Miami, the time came for me to actually give this sinus rinse a try.  I woke up with what felt like a sinus infection but later in the day turned out to be just a really, REALLY, bad cold.  It's been years since I've had one this bad.  So along with some Emergen-C, I decided to use the sinus rinse.  There is actually a video on youtube that demonstrates how it all works.

I will say that for someone who has spent his entire life preventing liquid from going up his nose, it went against all acts of nature for me to actually stream this stuff up into my nasal passages.  I always figured that water or anything else would end up shooting up into my brain somehow or - worse - dripping down the back of my throat and/or out my mouth.  But amazingly (and the video helped demonstrate this), that is not how it all works.

And after just three days of sinus rinse, Emergen-C, and drinking a few glasses of OJ, the REALLY bad cold was completely gone.