I may be a wee bit late to this thread, but wanted to post anyway
I have suffered with chronic sinusitis since last summer, and after about 6 months of constant runny nose and going through enough tissues to fill the
grand canyon, I finally found relief when I found out about nasal irrigation.
I purchased my pulsatile nasal irrigation system (not sure if I'm allowed to say its name) in the hope that it would work, when nothing else had.
(I'd previously tried 'manual' irrigation with salt water, but it didn't work for me, I think because there wasn't enough pressure by simply
pouring the water in).
Anyway, a couple of weeks of twice-daily irrigation later, and you wouldn't believe the stuff that came out of my nose during my irrigation one
morning. It also brought me back my sense of smell, something I'd been missing for months.
(The day this came back was co-incidentally the day hubby and I chose to visit a large indoor market in a town we'd recently moved to. The fish
stall in said market was especially pungent to my recovered sense of smell - not ideal cos I'm vegetarian.)
Well, a few months into the irrigation, and it really has made a difference to me. When the worst of my symptoms subsided I reverted to once or
twice- a week irrigation, like a kind of maintenance program I guess. It flares up occasionally, playing havoc with my asthma, but a few days of
daily irrigation keeps it in check.
I'm happy to say that I now go for days - even a couple of weeks - at a time without my nose running at all. After the 6 months of heck I went
through, this really is a vast improvement. Best part is, I no longer need to make sure I have a supply of tissues with me everywhere I go, I feel
like a normal person again. Blowing your nose constantly is no fun at all.
So I would recommend this type of nasal irrigation to anyone suffering like I was.
It really does help.
Edit to add:
Oops, forgot to mention saline nasal spray. I always have a wee bottle of this with me (I buy it from chemist) because it helps to keep nose moist so
the bad yucky stuff doesn't get too dry and thick. It is better to use this than nasal decongestant because you can use it as often as you like with
no side effects.
[edit on 20-6-2010 by tappy]