I think I'm going to have to make one of these for my bad allergy days. Allergies are the kind of thing you don't think about much until you have them. I developed dust allergies about two years ago. At first every day was bad, but now I only have a really bad day every few weeks. I've been reluctant to get prescription-strength medication, but have tried all the over-the-counter drugs. The second generation ones like Alavert and Claritin don't do the job for me and the old pseudoephedrine-based ones work, but zonk me out for the day. This spring I saw Dr. Oz on Oprah recommend a neti pot (sometime spelled nettie) for allergy sufferers. They are basically little pots with a spout used to pour salinated water up one nostril, through your nasal passages and out the other nostril - theoretically cleansing your nasal passages of dust and irritants (this is all based on an ancient yogic practice called Jala Neti). This did not sound pleasant! I'm one of those people who religiously plugs my nose when swimming and this seemed like the equivalent to diving into clorinated water sans the nose plugging. But when you're desperate you'll try anything so last week I finally broke down and bought a neti pot at the drugstore. I'll tell you the truth - the first few times were uncomfortable. I think I was angling my head too severely. I watched a few demonstration videos on YouTube (like this one) and now, after a week, it's getting easier and more comfortable. Since I'm not due for another bad allergy day for another week or so I can't say for sure if this will help, but I'm going to stick with it. I may also try saline mists. Anyone else have allergy relief suggestions?
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