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Shooting salt water up my nose everyday & feeling good! Anybody else doing this?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by UnderSeaBumbleBee, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. RMAdventure

    RMAdventure Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: CO
    I used to get 1-2 sinus infections per year, usually resulting in taking antibiotics. I finally had a doctor suggest that I do a salt water rinse. She also prescribed Flonase and suggested that I use it for a couple days whenever I noticed the initial symptoms of a sinus infection. Since I started following that advice I have not had a single sinus infection in the last couple years.
  2. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny dirty-finned dive goddess ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
    Awesome! I'm off my Singular. Didn't think it made much difference, but maybe it did, and maybe we have some extra pollen.. been sniffling lately. As long as I remember to rinse I am good.
  3. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Solo Diver

    If you go diving or swim in a pool, you are putting worse stuff up your nose. When you dive you get water in your nose, ears and other places. Why is no one talking about the municipal water source being unsafe? There was a case last year where a couple of people died due to unsafe municipal water. If they don't fix that issue before summer children swimming in kiddie pools will die from the same thing.
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  4. John_B

    John_B Grasshopper

    Woah, USBB, hold your horses! I didn't say I agreed with it, I just thought it was an interesting premise -- especially given this thread.

    (And, yes, I only use distilled water in my Neti Pot.)

  5. messenone

    messenone Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Limassol, CYPRUS
    I always take a sniff or snort, or whatever you may want to call it, of salt water (make sure you put some in your palm and check that its clean and clear of any debris before you do it) before I dive.
    It kind of burns your nostrils but it only lasts a few seconds. Wash it with a little of bottled water and it will go away. :D
    Then I blow my nose a couple of times and voila!! Its all clear. It makes equalizing easier too (at least for me).
    If I feel like there is more I might repeat it one more time.

    I also do this whenever I go to the beach for a swim so that I clear my nose more often (preventative maintenance :wink:).

    It gets really hot in the summer where I live and the use of Air conditioning is a must. Unfortunately this causes my nose to "block'.
    Salt water is a good way to address this issue.

    Hope all goes well!!!!
  6. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    I never use plain water, as that really burns, but a mixture of canning salts or the commercial nasal rinse salts clears my sinuses without that burning feeling at all.
  7. LowDrag

    LowDrag Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Always, always , always use distilled water. Never ever use tap water unless you boil it first and let it cool down. I use the Neil Med bottle myself and it works great for me. I got a box of premixed packets from Neil Med and they make it a lot easier to mix.
  8. kaerius

    kaerius Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sweden
    Instructor trick: if you get congested on a dive, then lift your mask, snort sea water, and then blow your nose. After which you can equalize and also avoid reverse squeeze.

    How healthy that is... I'm not so sure, but I have used it while working.
  9. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny dirty-finned dive goddess ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
    I looked at the cost of the premade packets and decided to do the DIY version. About 1/100 the cost too.. Mix equal parts of baking soda and sea salt, making sure it does not have any iodine or anything else in it. I use a 1/4 teaspoon mix.
    Yeah, I use tap water.. bad me..
  10. merxlin

    merxlin ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: So. Cal.
    Note- Best done at the surface :D

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