This is probably nothing new here, but I finally discovered how useful a neti pot really is. I've had allergies all of my life, dust, pollen, etc .... its endless. At least twice a year, the allergies would end up becoming a sinus infection, and I would head to the doctor for antibiotics. Well, I had my first reaction to penicillin when I was in college, then being an idiot, I ended up having another to a derivative of penicillin later. Now this winter, I had a reaction to Sulpha-based AB. So, I'm quickly working down the list of ABs that my body doesn't like. About two weeks ago, I could feel the pressure, and without getting into the details, I knew that I had another sinus infection. Instead of heading to the doc, I started self treating with steam, lots of liquids, etc. I was trying to see if my body would fight it off. I wasn't making much progress, but it wasn't getting worse either. Then about a week ago, I started to insuffilate (sp?) water while in the shower. (I'm not sure I used the right word. Basically, I sniffed some water up my nose, from a cupped hand.) It hurt, it burned, it was horrible .... and it started to work. About the same time I started with the water, I ordered a neti "bottle". The bottle works without pain, using some salt packet stuff that came with it. (Not table salt.) So here I am, about four days after starting to use the bottle, and about a week after starting with the water, and everything is clear. WOW. Had I only known. I could have saved myself a lot of time on AB, and certainly some expense. This thing could be a life saver, if tshtf. Incredible. FWIW, I bought the Waterpik SinuSense Neti Bottle. Its got an air valve to regulate flow and comes with 60 packets of rinse. Oh yeah, forgot to add ... I cut the discomfort in half, with straight water, if the temp was close to body temp. I'm not sure I'll get any more of the rinse, after it runs out.