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  1. #1
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    draining nose of water

    over the last couple years, i seem to catch a bad head cold the day after surfing sometimes. it usually lasts 2-3 days. i noticed a pattern that it seems to happen after a surf, if my nose doesn't leak water when i am done surfing. i am sure all of you know the infamous 'drainage' of salt water that comes pouring out after a surf. i am pretty sure, the head cold comes from water that does not drain from my nose. does anyone have any tricks to freeing your nose of water? i tried a pot, but it didn't really work too well.

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    surfing should not (ideally) make you sick.
    everybody gets the nose drain thing; usually at the wrong time.
    are you surfing near 'drain-out spots' of high fecal-coliform freshwater ponds such as spring lake/takanassee?
    beware the danger of sinus infections which worse case scenario can make you dead.

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    Sinus infections almost made have to give up surfing. The neti pot takes a few tries to get it right. Plus ear plugs.

    Eventually I had the sinus surgery where they scrape out and fix your drainage system. You might need a CAT scan to see if you are impacted. And check if you have a deviated septum.

    Use the pot 2x a day, plus Doc pro plugs and got back in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    Sinus infections almost made have to give up surfing. The neti pot takes a few tries to get it right. Plus ear plugs.

    Eventually I had the sinus surgery where they scrape out and fix your drainage system. You might need a CAT scan to see if you are impacted. And check if you have a deviated septum.

    Use the pot 2x a day, plus Doc pro plugs and got back in the water.
    so to get salt water out of your nose you fill it up with salt water? Makes sense

    The ocean shouldn't make you sick unless your lineup is dirty. Clean ocean water should, in most cases, actually help with sinus infection. hence the idea of a neti pot.

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    I always blow my nose out after a surf. I lower and shake my head while blowing out my sniffer.

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    thats pretty common. If you have allergies or other forms of congestion, then it becomes easier for water to get trapped in the sinuses. The other suggestions are good - use ear plugs to get water from getting in through the ears, and neti pot after sessions to help drainage. Simply leaning over for a minute is a good way to help drain.

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    If your "plumbing" is bad the water gets trapped in the upper sinus cavities. Once trapped, it kind of festers. it's not the water is dirty, it's the fact that the water just stays in there. I had over 14 wicked sinus infections in 1 year - then the vertigo kicked in. Absolutely brutal. Sinus surgery fixed the plumbing.

    Neti pot uses natural pressure and flow to go from one end of the sinus chambers to the other, cleaning out anything trapped solid or liquid. Sometimes I use cold water after a rough night to cure a hangover - kind of like a winter dawn patrol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SI_Admin View Post
    Simply leaning over for a minute is a good way to help drain.
    I was just about to say whenever I lean over is when all the water comes pouring out. Lean over after a session or hang upside down like a vampire and maybe that will drain out your system

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    there's tons of living bacteria and organisms in sea water, so you don't really want that sitting in your sinuses. Its not anything like saline water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SI_Admin View Post
    there's tons of living bacteria and organisms in sea water, so you don't really want that sitting in your sinuses. Its not anything like saline water.
    especially off the NJ coast right now where the south winds that are causing all the upwelling is also causing a huge plankton bloom. bet it's just lovely to have phytoplankton in your sinuses

    http://www.nj.com/weather-guy/index....ton_bloom.html