For my first review I am going to tell you a little about my experience with the NeilMed Sinus Rinse.
This product as stated on the box, you should not use if you have completely blocked sinuses, ear infection or have had surgery. It will put small amounts of pressure in these areas and could cause harm. But if you don’t have any of those issues, by all means try this product out.
It cost me around $10 for the applicator and 50 packets of saline mix at my local Wal-Mart, which isn’t too bad of a price for 50 uses and then you can still use the container over and over. It comes out to around .20 cents a use. New packets come in various size boxes, but you can also make your own saline rinse: you would put 1cup water and ½ tsp. salt in pot with a lid, boil 15 minutes. Set it off to the side and let completely cool to room temperature. Carefully pour into your applicator and use.
The first time I used it was a very weird feeling, because I have never basically pumped water into my nose before, but you mix the water, which should be distilled or boiled and cooled prior and the saline mix in the container. Shake well and then making sure you turn your head slowly squeeze half into your nostril. Repeat the same process with the other side tilting your head to the other side. For ease, make sure you relax, and breathe slowly through your open mouth. Sometimes it will come out your mouth and that is normal, it is cleaning your sinus passages. When they say someone can spit milk out their nose, they are right, from the way the sinuses cavities are designed.
NeilMed never burned my nose like another brand had done. I did feel a lot of relief after using it. I did it ever other day for a week and felt a lot clearer.
The box I bought came with an applicator, 50 packets of saline mix and a plastic tray to hold it in. This product is designed for adults, but they do make one for children who suffer allergies as well. There is also a netti-pot, which most doctors would compare these two products as NeilMed being like a fire hydrant and the netti-pot more like a hose on trickle. The trickle isn’t going to do as good of a job cleaning you out, in my opinion, but if you can’t handle the NeilMed, either try squeezing slower when you use it or try the pot until you get used to it.
Here is their website, www.neilmed.com/ it is a great site to look around. They have all the products listed, testimonials from other users, fill out a form and take a sinus quiz, anatomy of sinuses, ask a Doctor, literature and they even have a blog. So take a look around if you like.
I would definitely recommend this product to other people and I have. It is just a weird feeling when you first starting to use it, but it does help. I hope you have found my review helpful and let me know if you have had any experiences with this or other sinus irrigation products. It would be great to hear about your thoughts and ideas.
I would give it 5 stars if I had a rating system.