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a neti pot, canister of salt and small wooden spoonUsing a neti pot
A neti pot is a container designed to use salt water to rinse debris or mucus from your nasal cavity. You might use a neti pot to treat symptoms of nasal allergies, sinus problems or colds. Learn more about using a neti pot from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.


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