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    Old 02-19-2005, 07:39 PM   #1
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    Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Ok, I have a problem: I've been trying to inhale hot steamy vapors from the tap water in the sink to open up my nasal passages and I find it helps If I can get around to doing it daily...my problem is that only one passage "drains" when it opens though, only on my left side will I feel some mucus move and then it gets runny instead of all thick like it is usually this time of year for me and I can blow my nose and then go to sleep and almost not have to blow my nose at all! It is great! But, on my right side I am always feeling like something is stuck up there like the mucus doesn't "drain" there and I don't feel it open that much, just a bit...what am I doing wrong?

    Or, could this mean that I have some type of polyp there blocking drainage?
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    Old 02-20-2005, 12:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Rinsing with cold or room temperature saline will be just as effective, possibly more so. Have you tried that?

     
    Old 02-22-2005, 12:38 AM   #3
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    I had te same problem. I went to an ENT (Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist) and he found I had a deviated Septum. I have NO idea when I took a large blow to my nose to cause the condition, but he did surgery to straighten the cartilage and trim the turbinates in one side due to reduce the constriction - much better now.

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    Old 02-24-2005, 07:42 PM   #4
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Hmm Zrulz--I definately need to check to see if I could have a deviated septum. However, I do have a bump in my nose that I thought was just acne but now it's big and it really hurts, in that right side, the same side that won't drain which also happens to be the same side that a bad tooth is on, which I'm getting looked at tomorrow at the dentist's...I hope the tooth isn't infected, I hope it's just a cavaty.

    Anyway, reader1, I've tried that many times, some days the stuff just runs right out of my nostrils, both of them...! Tonight though while inhaling the steam I do feel less pressure on my face, but I got such a bad headache today I had to take Exedrin which I hate doing b/c it has caffeine in it as well as aspirin which upsets my stomach usually...but I was desperate because I was at work and Had to stay there! ugg!

    Do ya'll get nasal and head pains in conjunction w/ your passages not draining?? I did take a decongestant tonight as well though...
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    Old 02-25-2005, 12:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Hi
    How do you rinse your nostrils with saline? Ive tried to find out how but haven't had much luck. If you can post some instructions I'd be really grateful.
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    Old 02-28-2005, 06:39 PM   #6
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    How? Well, with the Saline I just use the spray, I hand my head over the sink, well at first I just spray as much as I can into the nose, I use Ocean Mist nasal spray, comes in an orange and white bottle, and I let it run out all over and into the sink. Now, I hear that Saline sprays although "natural" they do have preservatives so, I have went with just a mix of salt and warm water much like you would do w/ a sore throat...I have a baby aspirator thingy that you can suction the water in a bowl with and I use that when I'm real bad off or just want a break from the preservatives in the Saline. I'd say that using the saline every day at least for me is bad, as it causes me to have to blow my nose even MORE ; I find that inhaling the steam when I can helps me to breath better than the irrigation...but different things work for different ppl, too....
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    Old 03-01-2005, 10:27 AM   #7
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Hi Rush_Rulz
    Thanks. I did get some saline from the chemist but it was just a tiny bottle. I think Ill try salt water and see how that goes. I think Ive got an infection so probably have to go to the docs anyway.

     
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Yes, Tesss! I haven't been back on here since Feb. but I'm sicker now than I was then. Didn't stay up to task on the daily prevention regimen there of inhaling the steam and using the saline. But the saline alone can help with the infection. Be careful about the doc---I have the same symptoms as I did in May and that Dr gave me antibiotics for the "infection:" and now that i'm having the syptoms all over again I just got a steroid and decongestant from a diff doc and was told I didn't need any antibiotics. I hope you are feeling well by now though as it's Sept already!
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    Old 09-21-2005, 11:37 AM   #9
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Rush Rulz,

    Can you tell me if you use tap water with the salt or do you boil it first. I have water from my own well (no chemicals) so I was wondering if I could use it straight out of the faucet?

     
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Hi-

    I have used tap water, just warm tap water before with salt from home but mostly I buy the saline spray. I can't honestly say if the tap water is better for you than the saline or not. You hear about the saline store sprays having preservatives in them, which dry your nose out in the long run, but then I'm sure being in the city my tap water has bad stuff in it as well...

    Good luck in whichever method you choose to do!
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    Old 09-24-2005, 10:45 AM   #11
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    Re: Inhaling Steam to open nasal passages....

    Hi,

    I just had sinus surgery and am doing 2x daily irrigations. The recipe I have is 1 quart of distilled water mixed with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Fill up a ear syringe bulb with a long stem on it and tilt your head back let it drain into your sinus until you feel like it's full then lean over the sink and snort it out...then repeat on the other side and keep doing it until you feel clear, probably 4 or 5 times per side if you have a ton of gunk up there. doing this daily will really help get the gunk out and it might take a few days to get to a place where you feel like it's getting it all out.

     
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