Find the neti pot that’s right for you
There are a ton of different neti pots and squeeze bottle alternatives on the market or available at your local pharmacy. Some are larger, some are smaller, some are squeeze bottles, and some look just like a tea pot. So which one is right for you? Zara Patel, MD, assistant professor and director of endoscopic skull base surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Connecticut, recommends using a squeezable neti pot. “The squeeze bottle is a high-pressure, high-volume irrigation, so it tends to be able to get into and out of areas a little bit better,” says Dr. Patel. “Since you’re the one squeezing it instead of just pouring it into your nose, you have little more control over the flow.” Neti pots have been around for ages as a treatment for allergies and colds—so have these 53 old-time home remedies.
Tilt your head the correct way
The whole point of a neti pot is to clear out your sinuses, and in order to do that, you want the solution to go through the nasal cavity completely. How you tilt your head matters a whole lot, especially for those of you who are wary about using the device for fear of drowning or choking. “The head position that you rinse in is actually quite important,” says Dr. Patel. “It’s not just for getting it in and out of the sinuses best, but also so that you feel comfortable.” She recommends tilting your head sideways to a head-hanging-upside position if you’re using a neti pot. Once you squeeze the solution up one nostril and it comes out the other side, you then tilt your head the other way and squeeze the solution up the second nostril. If you have a squeeze bottle, keep your head straight and lean forward.