Neti pot

Synonyms: Nasal saline irrigator

Medical Specialties: Allergy/immunology, Family practice, Ophthalmology

Clinical Definition

A neti pot is a device used to irrigate the nasal passages and sinuses. Through the device, a saline solution is introduced into the nasal cavity in order to assist in mucociliary clearance. The solution allows allergens to be removed from the nose and sinuses.


Using a neti pot may reduce nasal dryness and alleviate congestion stemming from allergies or the common cold.

In Our Own Words

A neti pot is one of several available devices used to flush mucus from the nose and sinuses. It works by filling the pot with salt water, which is then poured into the nostril. The solution flushes out mucus and helps remove hardened particles. The salt water solution may also help the hair-like structures inside the nose work more efficiently when removing irritants.


Another positive result of neti pot use may include reducing congestion and pressure in the sinuses and nose.

Relevant Conditions
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?” Updated September 2013. Accessed February 2014.
  • University of Maryland Medical Center. “What in the world is a neti pot?” Accessed February 2014.
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “Nasal Irrigation (Nasal Wash) for Common Upper Respiratory Conditions.” Accessed February 2014.
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