Louisiana health regulators warned residents Tuesday about the dangers of using neti pots improperly.
A neti pot, is commonly used to irrigate sinuses. I use one and recommend them to everyone with sinus problems. You should follow the directions on the pot carefully. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued its warning following a second death this year caused by Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba.
A 51-year-old DeSoto Parish woman in Louisiana, died after using plain tap water in a neti pot to irrigate her sinuses and became infected by the deadly amoeba, which entered the body through her nose. In June, a 20-year-old St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana man died under the same circumstances.
“If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses by using a neti pot, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution,” said Louisiana State Epidemiologist, Dr. Raoult Ratard. “Tap water is safe for drinking, but not for irrigating your nose. He also said, it’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.
I recommend a neti pot to everyone with sinus problems, I have never heard of this problem with using tap water. The directions on all neti pots do says to use boiled or distilled water. I always thought that was for third world countries with badly treated water. I guess I will have to be more careful from now on.