How to Use a Neti Pot for a Sinus Headache

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A neti pot can be used for a sinus headache by clearing your sinuses to release some pressure. Use a neti pot for your sinus headaches with advice from a practicing pediatrician in this free video on illness remedies.

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Hi, I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we're going to talk about how to use a neti pot for sinus headache. So, we need to know two things; what's a neti pot and what's a sinus headache. Well, a neti pot is this thing that looks kind of like an elongated teapot or a genie's lantern that you can use to introduce saltwater, saline into the nasal passages. It has been part of Ayurvedic medicine in the Indian, that is a Southeast Asian/Indian or Southern Asian/Indian medical tradition. I'm going to get this right, for at least two thousand years. And now, Western medicine has discovered that it can alleviate the symptoms of sinusitis at least in adults, since it's not so clear in children what sort of role it has. You don't want to overuse the neti pot; do it, you know, a handful of times a day, because if you're going to do it too much, then you may weaken the normal defenses of the nasal mucosa and actually cause more problems. So, don't just be doing it every five minutes because you're uncomfortable. The second question we have is, what is a sinus headache. Well, several rules. First of all, a sinus headache usually doesn't occur in children younger than about ten to twelve. Those children may get sinus infections, but headache is very rare manifestation. So, be thinking about other problems like migraine if your child is complaining of a severe or occurring headache. In adults, a sinus headache is more common. You really should have symptoms of a sinus infection. If you've got a headache, but no cough, no runny nose, no stuffy nose, no fever; I'd be very concern that that might be from another cause and not from a sinus infection. Sinus headaches are generally felt where the sinuses are and the most prominent sinuses are up here in the frontal area or here in the maxillary area. Often just one sign or the other will hurt, the pain is usually describe as a pressure sensation like a bad pressure and that may will be a sinus headache. That said, many people who have migraines or other serious headache conditions mis-attribute them to sinuses and I have heard over and over again, "Oh, I get sinus headaches and they occur every week and I have to go to bed and sometimes I feel like I'm going to vomit and the leg hurts my eyes." You know, that is a migraine, that is not a sinus headache and you should probably treat, seek some treatment for that and make sure it's nothing more serious. So, talking about treating sinus headaches using a neti pot, I'm Dr. David Hill.


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