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Old 09-18-04, 08:36 AM   #1
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Nasal Lavage Anyone?

Anyone practice daily nasal lavage?

I've been plauged by sinus infections for years and now have a firm hold on it by running saline through the nose pipes twice a day.

The world smells a hell of a lot better too.

Clean out that road and trail grime!
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Old 09-18-04, 11:54 AM   #2
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I've had trouble breathing through my nose since I was a kid. But I don't think I'm going to run saline through it. I'd probably throw up.

How exactly to you do it?
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Old 09-18-04, 12:12 PM   #3
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One of my housemates just recently developed a really bad infection. It's gotten bad enough he almost dropped out of school. I don't know if he's tried anything like that, but he's been seeing a lot of doctors. Any tips I might offer him?
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Old 09-18-04, 01:00 PM   #4
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I do it quite often. I can tell when my nose is due for a "snort" of saline. Started getting that way when I started diving(SCUBA) many years ago. Feels great! It is not addicting(after all it is just water) but I like the "clean" blast.
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I do it quite often. I can tell when my nose is due for a "snort" of saline. Started getting that way when I started diving(SCUBA) many years ago. Feels great! It is not addicting(after all it is just water) but I like the "clean" blast.
God...doesn't it hurt? It hurst like a mother when I get water up my nose when I swim!
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Old 09-19-04, 02:04 AM   #6
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It feels great. it is a vapor like that nasal spray stuff that IS addicting. Give a good blast while inhaling through your nose at top speed.
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Old 09-19-04, 11:46 AM   #7
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The applicator I use is found at http://www.nasalrinse.com/ .
They try to sell you pre packaged saline powder but I make my own by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 non iodineized sea salt per 8oz. (240ml) of purified water.

Its more than a mist. You move a volume of water through the sinus actually washing out the nasal cavity. The salinity of the solution doesn't hurt at all.

It takes a while to get used to but I swear by it.
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I need more info! I just realised that I have some kind of sinus infection that goes on and on. I have been using a nasal decongestant the past few days to keep sinuses clear hoping my immune system will kill the infection. If there is a way to get rid of it without doctors I'm all for it since i don't have insurance.
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I used to get bad sinus infections quite often, and my method was to boil some water adding enough salt to it that you could taste it without it being overwhelmingly salty... fill a straw with the (still warm, but not boiling) liquid and plug one end (of the straw) with your finger so it doesn't spill out. Then, tilt your head back, and snort it (one nostril at a time) as you let the liquid out of the straw... it'll come down the back of your throat along with all sorts of nasty crap. Spit and blow... notice the clear mucous. yum.

it works. feels kinda nasty but works wonders.
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Old 09-21-04, 01:03 PM   #10
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They try to sell you pre packaged saline powder but I make my own by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 non iodineized sea salt per 8oz. (240ml) of purified water.
I believe that the baking soda in your recipe buffers the water so that it is not so painful when it goes up through the nasal passages and such.
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OK...I can't believe that I actually did this. I just boiled the water and mixed it up according to the above recipe and after allowing it to cool, used a cycling water bottle to gently jet some solution through my head. Weird. Not entirely unpleasant. The world smells like the ocean right now. i haven't been to the coast in a while.
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Anyone practice daily nasal lavage?
You, and Felix Unger.



(O.K., Greg, I'm kidding... )
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This is interesting stuff. I suffer from sinus infections a couple times a year. I am going to have to try this. Thanks.
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Stay tuned for Greg's home enema recipes.
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Stay tuned for Greg's home enema recipes.
I'm away for a year and this is what I come back to talk about?

I still bike, I swear.

Seriously guys, nasal lavage has really changed my life.
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I'm away for a year and this is what I come back to talk about?
I like your old stuff better.


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Hey, what a coincidence. I still bike and swear too.


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Seriously guys, nasal lavage has really changed my life.
Then the mind boggles at what an enema could do for you.
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Where the hell have you been, Greg?
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I got the same "receipe" from my hmo doctor. I use it in the winter, along with steam showers or "wet saunas" or there is a sorta face mister that you plug in and breathe the steam. Works better than antibiotics and decongestants.
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Then the mind boggles at what an enema could do for you.
I've heard this and have friends speak passionately about the process. I've heard stories of finding 10 year old yeast, gum from grade school, and lost jewlery in the retained residue. I have sadly never found these golden objects in my nose. The close proximity to Malibu and all, you'd be surprised how many colonic shops are around here. I'm not against it, but am a little stage shy. I do keep a holistic crystal up there for good measure though.


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Where the hell have you been, Greg?
I haven't played much on the computer of late (I know this is more than playing to some of you. Sort of like a second job. No offense meant). I've been biking, hiking and running a lot and have been generally well. Life is well. It's good to see the old gaurd still has a presence around here.
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Same recipe. Larger amount. Different procedure --and orifrice.

It's a bonus twofer, posted right here on BIKE FORUMS!
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