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  • zonarosso commented on noahw's instructable How to Clean Your Sinuses9 months ago
    How to Clean Your Sinuses

    I have used various devices over the last 25 years to cure sinus infections. I've used the converted water pic unit and found it expensive and a pain to clean. I'm also not a fan of the pressure it develops. I now use a Neilmed low pressure/high volume bottle with a product called ALKALOL.I fill the bottle with DISTILLED water up to the fill line and then top it off with the Alkalol. I use 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. With cold DISTILLED water I microwave it for 13 seconds, shake it and mic it for another 13 seconds. Of course mic wattage etc, will change your results.When I see yellowish mucous after nose blowing I put 6-10 drops of Betadine (povidone iodine) in the mix. It kills the infection where it lives. Repeat 1-3 times a day until infection is gone. I suffered for...see more »I have used various devices over the last 25 years to cure sinus infections. I've used the converted water pic unit and found it expensive and a pain to clean. I'm also not a fan of the pressure it develops. I now use a Neilmed low pressure/high volume bottle with a product called ALKALOL.I fill the bottle with DISTILLED water up to the fill line and then top it off with the Alkalol. I use 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. With cold DISTILLED water I microwave it for 13 seconds, shake it and mic it for another 13 seconds. Of course mic wattage etc, will change your results.When I see yellowish mucous after nose blowing I put 6-10 drops of Betadine (povidone iodine) in the mix. It kills the infection where it lives. Repeat 1-3 times a day until infection is gone. I suffered for many years and have taken every antibiotic known to man. I have not had a sinus infection (when the infection is not treated it gets into the lungs and that's really hard to treat) in many years. I had sinus surgery which removed the turbinates and cillia so I rinse 2 times a day all year long. I agree sterility is key. I wash the bottle after use every time with a few drops of dish liquid. Get the temperature of the water as close to body temp as you can to eliminate pain and balance the salt/baking soda to water ratio until it feels comfortable. With the bottle you do not have to turn your head like with a neti pot- just get your head horizontal to the floor looking down and use GENTLE pressure to get the solution to flow. After bottle is empty get the top of your head below your nose (like standing on your head) to allow the bottom sinus cavities to drain. I fold at the waist with a couple of paper towels to catch the liquid coming out of the nose. Blow Gently to encourage drainage. This is called 'The elephant blow'. You may have to to this again in a short while for complete drainage-which is important. My two cents.

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