I just read a fascinating piece that claims that nasal irrigation with a neti pot may actually reduce the need for steroid nasal sprays. Since I suffer from occasionally debilitating rhinitis (i.e. everything in my sinuses gets so clogged up that I end up with an inner ear imbalance and intense vertigo that keeps me prostrate on the nearest flat surface), this was good news! I had heard of temporary relief from the neti pot, but had no idea that there might be longer term benefits.
Oddly enough, when I started to get a bout of the sinus congestion and accompanying vertigo a couple of months ago, my husband took me to an ear/nose/throat specialist here in Osaka. The doctor sprayed some stuff up my nose and then used a tool similar to the one that the dentist's use for suction while cleaning your teeth and sure enough, she suctioned my nose. I swear I felt better instantly and had zero vertigo after that (it usually takes a couple of days at minimum for the congestion to reduce enough such that I can walk upright again). Was this another version of the neti pot action?
Maybe this will help other allergy sufferers out there. As for me, I'm pretty sure that owning a neti pot should be on my list of things to do, but just in case I forget, I'm tagging it for the idea file!