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  • #16
    The detergent breaks up the biofilm. The bacteria are protected from your immune system by a biofilm similar to how plaque forms on your teeth. They say that xylitol also works. That xylitol works is why dentists recommend chewing sugarless gum. You can get a xylitol nasal spray called Xlear if you prefer something like that. I did not want to go out and search for this product so I went the detergent route and was surprised that it wasn't weird, didn't hurt and actually worked. It's not like I squirted hard way up in there. Just very gently.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
      but when i have a bad sinus headache from breathing in dust or pollen, washing it all out with a neti pot makes it go away
      Whatever works, I guess. Still, detergent up your nose? <Shudder>

      And Cori, for the ultimate sinus clean out without any irrigation needed, try some wasabi straight off a spoon.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
        Whatever works, I guess. Still, detergent up your nose? <Shudder>

        And Cori, for the ultimate sinus clean out without any irrigation needed, try some wasabi straight off a spoon.
        I know... if they come up with a Sinus Buster formula with wasabi in it I'll be there too!
        *shivers*

        It is strangely addictive though... those endorphins! WHOO!!!
        “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
        ~Friedrich Nietzsche
        And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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        • #19
          i can't lie, i let water run over a bar of homemade soap and into my neti pot after reading the OP

          never again. that sht hurt
          beautiful
          yeah you are

          Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
          lol

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          • #20
            Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
            i can't lie, i let water run over a bar of homemade soap and into my neti pot after reading the OP

            never again. that sht hurt
            There is a difference between detergent, which is in baby shampoo and other such things, and SOAP.
            Oops.

            And yes... ouch!
            Last edited by cori93437; 04-18-2013, 08:51 PM.
            “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
            ~Friedrich Nietzsche
            And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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            • #21
              but it's home made that i made myself, it wasn't supposed to turn on me like that
              beautiful
              yeah you are

              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
              lol

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              • #22
                One time I didn't feel like bothering to mix in the saline/baking soda solution and just used plain water. THAT was painful, too. Never again. Hard water indeed.

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                • #23
                  Detergent is not the same as soap. And I'm talking a very weak solution. In the study they used a 1% solution of baby shampoo. I used much less than that of dishwashing liquid. It did not hurt and it was not squirted up with force.

                  I know you've all made up your mind and I have no intention of convincing you. I gave it some thought though: try this home remedy backed by scientific evidence or go to the doctor and get antibiotics. Remember, this wasn't just a cold or allergies, it was a cold that took a turn for the worse and turned into a sinus infection with multi-hued mucus and everything. I felt like death warmed over. I figured what did I have to lose? And since it worked, I think I came out ahead by a long shot.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #24
                    I tried it yesterday using a neti pot with saline and a drop of J&J shampoo, it did not hurt. I'm not sure it made a difference but I'll try it again today, I have chronic sinus issues so I may have to use it more than once to see any change.
                    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                    • #25
                      I'm just curious why baby shampoo and not just saline solution, as that is the only nasal irrigant I have ever heard of being used before.
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                      • #26
                        The purpose of the baby shampoo, like xylitol is to disrupt the biofilm making it inhospitable to bacteria. Saline simply flushes out the the sinus passages.
                        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                        • #27
                          Ooo, okay. Sorry, that was probably already said, just couldn't make sense of it. I feel like salt (saline solution) would do that...? Isn't salt used as an anti-bacterial and wound cleanser?
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                          • #28
                            basically, and i'm just simplifying it so don't nobody get all scientifical on me, the detergent cuts through the film like dawn cuts through grease on a plate
                            beautiful
                            yeah you are

                            Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
                            lol

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                            • #29
                              Yup just like bloodorchid said, the saline doesn't do that because it's basically the same as what is already in our sinus. That's why the saline feels soothing.
                              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                              • #30
                                Baby Shampoo/Sinus Irrigation

                                I've had sinus issues on and off for a few years now and was a regular user of saline irrigation. Twice, I tried the baby shampoo and both times I caught a nasty cold. From what I read, the shampoo prevents a biofilm from forming but is not much help in removing an existing biofilm. However, I do think the shampoo significantly increases the removal of the protective barrier in the nasal passages; the barrier which is the first line defense against germs. As well, saline irrigation also can remove this barrier over time. I've stopped the saline irrigation since it really never helped me anyway. I'm just going to allow my nasal passages take care of themselves. They seem to have been able to do this for thousands of years before irrigation became popular.

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