Frequently Asked Questions
Using a Neti Pot doesn’t sound pleasant, what does it feel like?
It doesn’t sound pleasant but once you try it, you realise just how easy it is - and there should be no discomfort at all. Some people say that it is quite relaxing and enjoyable.
Won’t I suffocate or drown?
Not if you are doing it correctly. The water washes out the nasal cavity and drains out of the other nostril. You can therefore breathe normally through your mouth for the entire time.
How long does it take?
With practice (which may only be after a few sessions), it can take approximately 5 minutes to do both nostrils.
Are Neti Pots expensive?
No. For a stainless steel neti pot, the best type in our view, they cost about £15 (often including postage and packing). This is probably only 4 packets of your chosen decongestant - which won't last as long as a neti pot. In addition they either aren't working or you want a drug free regime and that is why you are exploring what neti pots can do.
Where can I buy a Neti Pot?
Please use the tab at the top of the page to find links to a range of suppliers - or click on this link: Buy a Neti Pot
What are the potential problems?
Although Neti Pots have a reported 84% success rates, a small minority of people do not get on with them, or find them beneficial.
Some people may have hardened blockages and these may be eliminated gradually over several attempts, but may be due to a deviated septum which will not be resolved through use of a Neti Pot.
If the water temperature is not correct, or the salinity is not right, some users may experience burning or irritation of the nasal lining. That is why it is important to test it by taking a sip first.
If a user feels sharp pains due to pressure on the sinuses, or for any other reason, they should stop immediately and consult a doctor.