Anonymous on 4/27, I can't comment on whether or not you should have the polyps surgically removed, but I'd certainly get a second (medical) opinion before going ahead with it. There are always trade-offs. For more information on balloon sinuplasty, check out my post and talk to your ENT.
Anonymous on 4/28, I'm sorry to hear that your first experience was so miserable! First I'd make sure that your recipe is correct (all the right ingredients in the right amounts). I'd also try irrigating with warm (not hot) saline - much more pleasant than cold. Finally, you might try a different method.
Here's how I do it now (and I've been doing it consistently, morning and evening, ever since I wrote the original post). Standing in front of a sink, I tilt my head backwards and gently squeeze the saline into one nostril until it feels about right (not too much or too little fluid). With my head still tilted backwards, I rock my head from side to side to "swish" the saline around my nasal cavity. Then I lean forward and gently expel the contents (out both nostrils) into the sink. Finally I blow my nose (again, being gentle is key) and wipe away any residual fluid.
BTW, I also add a small amount of mouthwash to my recipe because I like its scent, but I wouldn't recommend that to people with sensitive noses- it stings if you add too much.
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