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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. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    Ditto to the above.

    I've been using this treatment for over 2 1/2 years, and I'm happy to report I've only had a couple of bouts with a cold or flu. Both times were when I was lax in my regimen.
  2. CamG

    CamG Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Geneva Indiana
    Twice a day and it has given me a very good dive friendly tool to manage allergies.
    I still get sick on occasion but I move up to three times a day and it shortens the cold or flu.
    Remarkable how much it helps everyday.

  3. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny dirty-finned dive goddess ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
    I've been doing the sinus rinse since this thread started. I think that's how I heard about it, LOL.
    this was the first year that I've had any kind of cold.. and I had it twice, so I think something else was going on..
    this stuff works! Love the clean feeling.
  4. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    I always use tap/well water. Normally I use 1/4-1/2 tsp of Canning salts, and no baking soda.
    Quite effective, and a huge savings over the prepared packets!

    I used the technique before this thread if I was congested, but substituting the canning salt I learned here
    Last edited: May 9, 2013
  5. merxlin

    merxlin ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: So. Cal.
    One thing that fresh water divers might take from this is that many times you get that initial "salt water burn" and runny nose when diving salt versus fresh. By rinsing for several days prior to a salt water trip, you become less sensitive to it.
  6. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    From NYT.

    WELL; A Warning to Use Sterile Water for Nasal Rinses
    Published: September 4, 2012
    Neti pots -- those odd teapotlike vessels used to wash out the nasal
    passage -- have won legions of fans who rely on them for relief from
    allergies, congestion and colds.
    But now, after two cases of a deadly brain infection were linked to
    neti pots, government health officials have issued new warnings
    about using them safely.
    The Food and Drug Administration last month reported on two cases
    in Louisiana in which patients contracted infections after using neti
    pots filled with tap water. The culprit was an amoeba called
    Naegleria fowleri, which is commonly found in lakes, rivers and hot
    This kind of infection is exceedingly rare, but it usually occurs when people get water up
    the nose after swimming or diving in lakes or rivers; Naegleria fowleri can travel from the
    nose into the brain, where it causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a disease that
    destroys brain tissue and is almost always fatal. In 123 known cases from 1962 to 2011 in
    the United States, only one person has survived, according to the Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention.
    Last year, Louisiana state health officials reported on two unrelated deaths -- of a 20-yearold man and a 51-year-old woman who were believed to have been infected by tap water
    later found to be contaminated with Naegleria fowleri. Both had used tap water in a neti
    pot. (Because stomach acid kills the amoeba, drinking contaminated water does not lead
    to infection.)
    As a result, the F.D.A. has issued new warnings reminding consumers to use distilled or
    filtered water in a neti pot. They can use bottled water, or they can boil water and let it
    cool before using.
    Doctors say the new warnings should not dissuade people from using a neti pot, which can
    be a safe and effective home remedy for allergies and congestion.
    To use a neti pot, a person mixes water with a saline packet to create a mild saline
    solution. Leaning over a sink, the user inserts the spout of the pot into a nostril, allowing
    the water to wash up inside the nasal passage and flow out the other nostril. Nasal lavage
    bottles can also be used, although it is important not to squeeze the bottle too hard.
    ''Initially it's a weird sensation, but if you're congested and it washes out some of that
    stuff, you're much less miserable,'' said Dr. Rohit K. Katial, a professor of medicine and
    allergy specialist at National Jewish Health, a respiratory hospital based in Denver.
    ''People end up really liking it because they feel refreshed -- it's wellness with water.''
    Several studies show that regular nasal irrigation can reduce symptoms of allergies and
    congestion. One 2008 study found that children with severe allergies were less reliant on
    steroid nasal sprays if they regularly rinsed their nasal passages. /9/13 WELL- AWarning toUseSterileWater for Nasal Rinses - NYTimes.com
    query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B07E7DC113CF937A3575AC0A9649D8B63&ref=louisiana 2/2
    ''One of the primary functions of the nose is filtration,'' Dr. Katial said. ''That's where you
    capture all the pollens and particulates. Irrigation is the way to wash some of that out,
    and we think it's very beneficial and we use it fairly extensively in our patients.''
    Doctors say it's important to keep the risk of Naegleria fowleri contamination in
    perspective. Most cases are in the South, although some have been documented in the
    Midwest and as far north as Minnesota. Millions of people swim and dive in lakes and
    rivers each year, yet from 2002 to 2011 there were only 32 reported Naegleria fowleri
    infections, according to the disease centers. By comparison, from 1996 to 2005, the most
    recent period with available data, the United States had more than 36,000 drowning
    With neti pots and other forms of nasal lavage, the greater risk comes from improper
    cleaning. Bacteria or fungi can form on the spout of a used neti pot or in a partly used
    nasal lavage bottle. Regular use of an improperly cleaned neti pot or contaminated lavage
    bottle can lead to chronic irritation or allergies.
    And like toothbrushes, neti pots shouldn't be shared with anyone. People with a
    compromised immune system should consult a doctor before using a neti pot.
    While the two recent cases of amoebic infection may be terrifying, the public should not be
    alarmed or fearful about freshwater swimming or neti pot use, said Dr. Philip T. Hagen,
    vice chairman of the Mayo Clinic's division of preventive medicine.
    ''If you talk about the general population, there are more common things to be aware of
    and worry about than a scary amoebic infection,'' said Dr. Hagen, who is also the editor of
    ''The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies.'' ''It's an opportunity to remind people to be
    cautious and use good cleaning approaches and maintenance of their neti pot.'
  7. MrChen

    MrChen Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Stuart, Florida
    I did my first treatment today using the Nasaline syringe. I'm breathing better, but my ears are bothering me. They didn't hurt right away, it was a couple of hours later. So I took my ear drops as well and that has helped a little.

    Does anyone else's ears get irritated after a nasal treatment? Btw: I don't believe I applied too much pressure. I did gag once or twice, maybe that caused my ear problem?

    Also, it seemed like if I tilted my head, id have more water come out, how do you guys deal with that?

    Ive used the nasal sprays in the past and they work well. I wanted to try this to see if it did something more. If my ears weren't irritated, the answer would be that I'm breathing better for longer than just the spray.

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