Originally Posted by amcal
I had a very mild sinus infection last week. Yesterday, I felt great but had a bit of residual gunk in my sinuses. So, I used the neti pot, felt fine most of the evening but at about 2am, I woke up feeling miserable. Painfully clogged sinuses, tons of gunk, headache etc... Now, this morning, my throat hurts, I have such sinus pressure and I feel awful. It feels worse than the sinus infection I had last week.
Can using the neti pot cause a re-infection?
See, I would think you had stuffyness or a cold or virus, not a sinus infection last week. That's how sinus infections set in, really-- you get a virus, which swells the tissue (and makes you feel bad) the virus clears on it's own, makes you feel better for 12-24 hours. BUT, you have micro-tears from blowing, mucous/drying, etc. Lovely place for bacteria and fungus to breed. So, after you feel better for a little while, you get slammed with a REAL infection (bacterial or fungal, not viral)...
It is slightly
possible the neti pot made it worse, unless you have nasal polyps (which hold water in) If you have polyps, you shouldn't use the pot at all because it traps water... It is much more likely that the neti pot had nothing to do with it progressing to an infection... although, the more I think about it, IF you did the neti pot right before bed, layed down and your sinuses started swelling, it could have trapped the water. It would make it sore, but still isn't the cause
. It would have dried it out a bit and gave you a sore throat. Make sense?