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Saturday, July 28, 2007

One for the nose

Went to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist last week as I has having a very bad cough caused by throat/ nose irritation. This specialist I went to is actually ENT+H&N (Ear, Nose, Throat + Head and Neck) specialist. My sinus problem was getting worse... Our planet is getting more polluted by the day... *sigh*

The doctor actually pushed a scope up my nose! Yes, I could actually see what is INSIDE the nose. Too bad I forgot to ask if I could take a photo of the inside of my nose... I was too stunned then... Do all bloggers do this -- take photos of anything and everything?!? According to him, my nose was a bit swollen. So, I was prescribed some medication and this...
Syringe for nasal wash
Nope, I'm not turning into a junkie

I am supposed to use the syringe to push some saline solution up my nose and wash the insides... It's also called a nasal wash... Scary...

OK, how does it feel? You know how you sometimes accidentally inhale some water? Well, just imagine the same, but without the experience being 'accidental'. Seriously... It is kinda 'nice' and 'fun'... Really!

From Wikipedia:
Nasal irrigation is a personal hygiene practice which involves flooding the nasal cavity with warm saline solution. The goal of nasal irrigation is to clear out excess mucus and particulates and moisturize the nasal cavity. The practice has been subjected to clinical testing and has been found to be safe and beneficial, with no apparent side effects.

I have to do this every night for at least one month...


Please leave your comments. There are 5 comment(s).

On 8/01/2007 03:19:00 PM Blogger Tiffy Tang said:
My son uses sterimar to clean the inside of his nose too cos it's swollen. it doesn't have a syringe, just a bottle of spray. Wish you well.
On 8/02/2007 01:50:00 PM Anonymous blusher said:
Nice and Funny? If I were you, I'd freak out by now. I'm just not comfortable with liquid in my nose! Well, hope you hang in there and be up and about real soon *winks*
On 8/02/2007 03:52:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
from what i understand, the problem i have will not go away... its sort of permanent thing... due to polluted air, etc...

so best i can do is avoid overly polluted area. i suspect my current office's ventilation system is very bad. before we moved, i never had this much of problems. why i say the ventilation is bad? we're in a closed office. windows are hardly open. we use aircond and there no major construction work around the office area, but if i wipe my desk clean, within 2-3 days, i can see a thick layer of dust!

i'm not the only one who started having so many problems since we moved to the new place. a few of my colleagues also started to visit the doctor more often... same problem - cough, sore throat, sinus...

On 8/04/2007 12:18:00 AM Blogger Blueyes said:
um ya after my experience of having surgery on my nose from a deviated septum and having to use nasal sprays after the fact when there was still blood up there and sucking it back, no thanks on anything going up my nose.
On 8/04/2007 04:42:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Wa...u also a fan of wikipedia..
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