July 14, 2009
I have suffered from allergies since my late adolescence and have never found anything that gives me any lasting relief. I've taken all of the available antihistamines and while some of them work for a while, they usually end up failing on me, and when they do work, they give me nasty headaches. The sprays do just the same. I've tried some herbal remedies, but they're never very much help. Same as the drugs.
My latest experiment is with the neti pot. I have been using it on and off for a few weeks and while I'm still not sure how much it actually helps rid me of allergies, it has cleared my sinuses in a comfortable way more than anything I've tried before. However, I hate using it. It takes about 5 minutes to use properly and after that it's done, but that 5 minutes sucks. Sometimes I'm really clogged up and it's just a process of frustration, other times I don't have the saline solution mixed right and it stings. Sometimes it goes fine. But even those times suck. Here's a Youtube demonstration of how it works: Neti Pot Demo
As much as I dislike it, I would recommend it for anyone that has a problem with clogged sinuses or allergies. It's definitely worth the 5 minutes of discomfort to be able to breath out of my nose properly!