Well it's funny how life dictates things. When I was thinking about things I could blog about I never thought about health tips. But now, seeing as I've developed a cold, I'll share a couple of things I use with you.
During our 3 LONG winters in Minneapolis, MN (that's how we marked our time up there) I met a friend who introduced me to the Neti Pot. It took quite a bit of urging from her and a really stuffy head before I finally gave in and tried it. I'll admit it's a weird feeling when you use it, and a little scary the first time. I was worried it would hurt, but it didn't. What it did do was help to clean out your head. Was it a miracle cure? No, but maybe it will lessen the duration of a cold if you can keep your head cleaned out. Neti Pots are easy to find at Target, WalMart, etc...
Recently my brother (Thanks Dae-Dae) told me about another product similar to the Neti Pot he'd started using a couple of years ago. It's called Alkalol. He tends to get frequent sinus infections and said since starting to use it at the first signs of one he hasn't developed a full blown sinus infection in a couple of years. My daughter was sick last month so I went on the hunt for it. I started with the usual places but had to go to an actual drugstore to find it. I found it at CVS.
So what's the difference in these? The Alkalol has some alcohol qualities as the name suggests. It has a menthol effect. The Neti Pot is a saline rinse. I don't like the way you administer the Alkalol as well as the Neti Pot, but if it kills the germs in your sinuses I'm willing to give it a shot. I started using it yesterday and the first thing I noticed is the tingly feeling in my nose. It reminds me of using a Halls cough drop as far as the way you can breath better for a few minutes after using it. Again, not an overnight cure but I'm hopeful it will lessen the duration of my cold and keep me from developing an infection.
I hope if you find yourself becoming a hostage to a cold this might help you out.