Neti-Pots And Killer Amoeba

Countless people swear by their Neti-pots, which help to clear sinus passageways and help people to breathe better again. Net-pots are an Indian variation of nasal saline irrigation, using a tea-pot like container to pour saline into the nose using gravity, rather than a spray or squirt bottle.

Alarmingly, there have been reports of people dying from amoeba-contaminated tap water. As a result, the FDA recommended using boiled, distilled, filtered or bottled water. However, this has already been standard practice with most people using a Neti-pot.

I’m sure that there must have been something else to the story with regards to the people who died from these infections. Were they immunocompromised, or chronically ill? We also hear about people dying from amoeba infections by swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds.

Let’s take an informal poll: If you are a Neti-pot user, what type of water do you use?

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4 thoughts on “Neti-Pots And Killer Amoeba

  1. hello
    I have been using a neti pot for years.

    it is made of medical grade plastic , I’ m using lukewarm tap water to which I add salt to make saline concentration. never had a problem .
    I take care to let the pot dry perfectly with the opening facing downward.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the hurt persons hadn’t dried their neti pot , leading development of microorganisms in the pot.
    dr. dany maor

  2. I only use a neti pot when I get a stuffy nose from allergies or a cold, which is quite rare (less than once a year), but when I do I use water that I have filtered through a Brita filter pitcher and mixed with a little bit of unrefined sea salt.

  3. I used to use warm tap water for a couple of years, but I started to get the sniffles and read that tap water is bad, so I started using distiller water, from running a cup of tap water through an empty coffee maker and letting it cool for about 20 minutes. I’ve also found that using twice the recommended salt makes everything dissolve better and actually feels more comfortable than using the recommended amount of salt.