Help Guide Safe Use of Neti Pots and Nasal Irrigation

Recent headlines about CNS infections will have patients asking you whether neti pots and other nasal rinsing devices are safe.

These devices use a saline solution to flush mucus and irritants from nasal reduce symptoms of sinusitis, colds, or allergies.

But they're linked to fatal amoebic infections when used with contaminated tap water. Waterborne amoeba can enter nasal passages and travel to the CNS. In fact, a woman recently died from an infection after regularly using a neti pot with tap water run through a Brita filter.

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