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Death of Neti Pot: The Doctrine of a Woman's Tragic Experience

Neti pots are useful for flushing out congested sinuses, but it is important to do it properly. Neti pots are…

Neti pots are useful for flushing out congested sinuses, but it is important to do it properly.

Neti pots are popular for their ability to flush out stuffy nasal passages. The pot looks a bit like a small teapot, and it works by pouring hot salt water into a nostril, where it softens and rinses the mucus structure. The first time I used a neti pot, at my father’s request, it was really a revelation. I felt a lovely sense of relief to breathe again after suffering from a stuffed nose for days.

However, these pots should not be treated easily. A disturbing news from Seattle reveals that a 69-year-old woman died earlier this year after committing brain-eating amoeba from using a netbook. Her doctor had advised nasal irrigation as a way to clear an ongoing sinus problem, but she filled it with tap water, filtered with a Brita water purifier, rather than the sterile or saline solution to be used in a pan.

It took a while to find out what was wrong. The woman developed a big sore in her nose, which doctors thought were rosacea, but were taken to hospital after a seizure. A CT scan revealed something that looked like a tumor, but proved to be much worse. Dr Charles Cobbs, neurosurgeon at the Swedish Medical Center, told Seattle Times

“When I drove on this lady, some of her brain was about the size of a golf ball bloody. These amober were everywhere just eating brain cells. We had no idea what was happening, but when we got the tissue we could see that it was amoeba. “

The woman died one month later, despite the surgeons’ efforts to save her and the use of a new drug for amoebic infection , delivered to the hospital of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This tragic story has been the core of a study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases . You can read the open access study here. This is something we all should be aware of because doctors believe we will see more amoebic infections due to climate change. As soil and water warm, these amoeba will be able to move from southern and central America and survive in the northern hemisphere.

The story may be alarmistic, but it has a valuable takeaway message: May not use tap water when it comes to net pots. By all means, continue to flush these nasal passages in winter, but always do it with sterile or saline.

Neti pots are useful for flushing out congested sinuses, but it is important to do it properly.

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