Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 28, 2015

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/neti-pot-nasal-irrigation-pros-and-cons, http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/neti-pots?page=1, http://www.ehow.com/about_5106534_neti-pot.html, http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/02/safe-neti-pot-use-3-tips/

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[ NARRATOR ] The Neti pot originated long ago in India, to help with breathing for yoga.

Until some guy with allergies thought hey, I can actually breathe now.

Whether you've used a Neti pot or not, here are five things you need to know.

Number one, it's nasal irrigation.

Basically, it's a drain cleaner for your sinuses.

But don't use a drain cleaner.

It's just salt water.

It runs in one nostril and out the other.

This little teapot-looking contraption is a cornerstone of nasal irrigation.

Number two, you're going to look awkward.

[MUSIC PLAYING] Number three, use sterile water.

Listen up, this is important.

Don't use regular tap water, which contains bacteria that's harmless to swallow but can cause serious infections in your nasal passages.

So only use water that's sterile, or boiled, with the salt solution added.

But let the boiling water cool first.

Number four, not all mucus is bad.

Some of that green gooky stuff is actually a guard against infections, so don't keep washing it away.

When your symptoms get better, pack it up.

If you aren't better after two or three weeks, call your doctor.

Number five, clean your Neti pot thoroughly.

Anytime you're pouring something into your nose, it's a good rule to keeps things clean.

If it's dishwasher-safe, even better.

And just like you throw out your toothbrush after a while, do the same with your Neti pot every few months and start fresh.

And there you have the good, the bad, and the gross about Neti pots.