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Neti Pot and Ear Pain?

Asked by Carol (731points) September 7th, 2008

I used a neti pot for the first time today and must have blown my nose too hard. 10 hours later, my ear is still killing me. Did I bust my eardrum? Will the pain go away own its own?

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shilolo's avatar

Did I bust my eardrum? Maybe, but probably not.

Will the pain go away own its own? Eventually, yes.

If you are concerned, go to your doctor who can look in your mouth, nose and ears and give you a formal diagnosis.

AstroChuck's avatar

Neti Pot = New Age psuedo science.

Tantigirl's avatar

@AstroChuck – Nothing new age about them. Indians have been using them for centuries. They do actually work believe it or not.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’m sure you’re right. For some reason I was thinking of ear candles. Don’t ask me why but that was what I was thinking when I read the question. Those I know are B.S.
Think it’s time for me to get some sleep.

sacaver's avatar

There’s an allergist here in the town I live who swears by the Neti Pots. I didn’t want to spend the money on one if it didn’t really work, so I followed his advice on mixing up some salt in warm tap water. Put that in a small measuring cup with a spout and pour that through your nose. It really does work. I was able to be off the allergy meds for the entire fall/winter season.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@sacaver fall/winter is when allergies arent bad at all though, so thats not really saying much.

sacaver's avatar

try living in south Texas with juniper trees.

“Cedar fever” as it’s called here is miserable

scamp's avatar

What exactly is a neti pot?

gailcalled's avatar

My sis and I tried the Neti pot after hearing all the hype. We had severe ear pain that eventually subsided. Apparently, if you have a narrow eustachian tube, discomfort is a common problem, and mentioned in the very fine print on written instructions.

However it did clean out our sinuses.

Rushing now. Google Neti Pot

Carol's avatar

OK you guys. The pain began subsiding in about 14 hours.
Turns out I did NOT blow my brains out after all.



Tantigirl's avatar

Thank god for that, there is nothing worse than having your brain ooze out of your ears!!

gailcalled's avatar

Carol; If you want to try again, get a little rubber ear syringe meant for babies; measure out 1c. warm water to 1 t. salt. Draw some of the mixture into syringe; lean over sink, and very gently, spritz a little in each nostril. Less volume, less pressure and less velocity. You can control what happens.

After the agony I suffered with Neti pot, I now use an eyedropper and a few drops only.

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