Everyone in my neighborhood is sick right now with horrible head colds that turn into horrible chest colds. I've been lucky so far and have somehow remained untouched by this rotten pre-winter cold/flu stuff (crossing fingers, knocking on wood!). My husband was not lucky, however and found himself waking up a few weeks ago with a head full of icky stuff and a nasty sinus infection.
As fate would have it, the Fed-X man delivered a package that very afternoon, just minutes after my husband went to work wondering how he was going to manage this illness without calling in sick to his parttime job, which is all we have going for us right now since my census job ended!
Even more of an issue is that we don't have insurance right now either, so a trip to the doctor just seemed impossible. So the question of how to help him get his sinus infection under control was looming large. But miracles do happen people! The box that was delivered in such a timely manner? Contained this:
I KNOW! How fortuitous, right? WaterPik has some new products out that are specifically geared toward sinus health! We know that WaterPik has a wonderful reputation in the dental car world, but had never heard of their Sinusense products. My husband took advantage of our opportunity to review the products by immediately ripping the boxes open as soon as he walked in the door from work. He headed straight upstairs to the bathroom and began to put the Sinusense products to the test!
He tried the Neti Bottle first, just because he had heard so much about the benefits of Neti Pots and wanted to see what the difference was between using a Neti device vs. a regular squeeze bottle. Following the directions, he filled the Neti bottle with warm, distilled water and the Saline Packs that were included in the Sinusense kits. His first reaction as he squeezed the solution out of the bottle into his sinus cavities was that it didn't burn like regualr salt water does. Waterpik's Soothing Saline Packs contains eucalyptus oil and aloe vera to help take the sting out of siuns cleansing. His second comment was that the neti bottle seemed to somehow get the solution further back into his sinus passages than a normal spray bottle does and that it does so gently. No shocking blasts of water to make you choke and gag.
He went to bed that night breathing much better and was actually able to sleep through the night, which was good for me too, as I was completely exhausted from his previous night of coughing and snorting. The following morning he used the Squeeze Bottle instead of the Neti Bottle, just to compare the two. He found that with the bottle he could get a much more powerful spray of water into his sinuses and he was able to manipulate the bottle easier. He also mentioned that he appreciated the flow control mechanism on both of the bottles that prevented the water in his nose from going back into the bottle when it came running out. Ummm...yeah. Nose backwash would be kind of gross. So that is really a nice feature.
In the end, he liked both kits for different reasons and ended up alternating between the two of them all week long. While our neighbors suffered through their stuff for a few weeks, my husband moved through his infection in about 5 days. The final verdict? Easy squeezy, no more sneezy! We are definitely attributing his ability to get over his sinus issues so quickly and without medication to the Waterpik Sinusense kits. We will continue to use them throughout the winter to fight off cold and flu season.