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Can Neti Pot be used for chronic sinusitis?

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Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016
Question: Will a Neti Pot clear an ear infection along with a sinus infection? Not sure if there actually IS an infection yet, but ear is clogged internally from bad cold a couple weeks ago. Thought maybe a good steam would help clear this. I have never had this happen before. Feels like it will clear every time I swallow but doesn't. I can get it to pop if I hold my nose and blow super softly for a temporary fix and it feels better but it I go right back to feeling like my one ear in under water....

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Answered by Dr. Satvinder Bakshi (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
neti pot will not clear ear infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello

The best and optimum use of neti pot is for chronic sinusitis and allergies and its efficacy in acute sinusitis is not proven.

There is a theoretical possibility of the infection actually spreading to the ear, through the nose when you use a neti pot and it is best avoided in this situation.

Steam is a better option , it will help open up the blocked eustachian tube ( tube from the nose to the ear) and help relieve your ear block.

I hope I have answered your question.

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Brief Answer: neti pot will not clear ear infection Detailed Answer: Hello The best and optimum use of neti pot is for chronic sinusitis and allergies and its efficacy in acute sinusitis is not proven. There is a theoretical possibility of the infection actually spreading to the ear, through the nose when you use a neti pot and it is best avoided in this situation. Steam is a better option , it will help open up the blocked eustachian tube ( tube from the nose to the ear) and help relieve your ear block. I hope I have answered your question. regards