draining nose of water

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by rideacarr, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. rideacarr

    rideacarr Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    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.
  2. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    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.

  3. Gfootr

    Gfootr Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    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.
  4. Hayduke Lives

    Hayduke Lives Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    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.
  5. Sniffer

    Sniffer Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    I always blow my nose out after a surf. I lower and shake my head while blowing out my sniffer.
  6. SI_Admin

    SI_Admin Guest

    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.
  7. Gfootr

    Gfootr Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    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.
  8. ZombieSurfer

    ZombieSurfer Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    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
  9. SI_Admin

    SI_Admin Guest

    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.
  10. ZombieSurfer

    ZombieSurfer Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    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

  11. goosemagoo

    goosemagoo Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2011
    Surefire way to get water out of you nose:

    Become a pizza delivery guy. Ring doorbell. Bend over and place pizza on low table as directed by customer. 1/2 of the atlantic will drain all over pizzas and/or pizza bag. Whamo...no mo water.

    Happened more than once but it's better than all over your girl's shoulders and chest.
  12. Tlokein

    Tlokein Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    I wish I had started using a neti pot years ago. Just started and I use it at least 2x a day. Sinus infection finally going away.
  13. Speed Bump

    Speed Bump Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    LOL, yeah. Always always always drain thoroughly before any potential action. If you have normal plumbing, just standing upright and bending all they way down like you're tying a shoelace or something ought to do it. Do it multiple times and hang there for a few minutes to be sure.

    Seen dudes with earplugs, never seen anybody surfing with nose plugs.

    Who uses isopropyl for their ears? I do it maybe after every second or third session, or whenever I remember.
  14. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    get the netti pot- except they make one that is not an actual pot but more of a squeeze bottle that forces water tru- works like a charm. I use it after I surf when its big and I get work a lot- or when I surf right after heavy rain, and all the run off from the land is in the water...
  15. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    fly a banner for no phytoplankton in our sinuses!
  16. rideacarr

    rideacarr Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2010
    thanks guys.. i used a neti pot today and it seemed like a gallon of water came out of my clogged nose. feel like a million bucks.
  17. OldSoul

    OldSoul Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2011
  18. peakhunter

    peakhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    just tilt your head down for a minute or so and let it drain out. you shouldnt get water in your nose when its small, or else youre doing something wrong and going over the falls too much