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Tuesday January 04, 2005
10:19 PM

"Honest, it's medicinal"

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I have long had problems with my sinuses. When compounded with a cold or an allergy flare-up, it can be real misery.

One of the best treatments is a simple nasal lavage: put a little salt and baking soda in a cup of warm water, then snort it up. I know it sounds repulsive, but it works great. No medicine I've ever taken works as well.

I usually keep a small film can of salt and baking soda in the bathroom, and I take it with me when I travel. Today I realized if airport security ever stopped me and asked me what that suspicious white powder in the film can is, I could reply, "Oh, that. That's just for my nose."

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  • My wife has one of those, and uses it most mornings. I've thought abuot trying it out when my sinuses get bad, but I still have this mental problem with drowning by my own hand. :)
    • It's not too hard to get used to, though sinuses filling up with fluid isn't exactly normal. I've been doing it for a year and a half, and my sinus and allergy problems have mostly gone away. Use a non-iodized salt if you try it.

    • It does take some getting used to, but it's not the drowning feeling that's bad, it's seeing what comes out of your nose.

      Erm, I don't think I want to write about this anymore.

  • They use this as a treatment for babies too, even of just a few days old — except maybe for the baking powder, I never heard that before. The popular name for it here, is "sea water". It serves both to clean the nose, and the eyes, if those got dirty.

    Just goes to show that humans, like all vertebrate land animals, originate from the sea, as salty water is thought of as better than just clean water.

    • except maybe for the baking powder

      Careful, it's baking soda, not baking powder. Baking soda is simple sodium bicarbonate: it makes the water slightly alkali, which is easier on the mucous membranes. Baking powder OTOH has other ingredients, which are probably not good for your sinuses....

      You're right, you can buy the stuff bottled also (brand names like "Ocean"). But I like the warm water, and as much as I use it, homemade is much cheaper.