Neti pots linked to brain-eating amoeba deaths

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    Dec 22, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    Apparently the risk comes from using tap water instead of the recommended sterilized water.

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9503070-neti-pots-linked-to-brain-eating-amoeba-deaths
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidApparently the risk comes from using tap water instead of the recommended sterilized water.

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9503070-neti-pots-linked-to-brain-eating-amoeba-deaths


    Probably adding a couple tablespoons of chlorine bleach to the water would prevent the problem.
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    I use a neti pot during allergy season or when I have a cold, but that shit is scary! Fortunately I've never had any problems before with my area's tap water. But perhaps from now on I ought to boil the water beforehand.
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Thank G-d I don't need one of those as my naturally large Jewish nose needs no irrigation.
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Art_Deco saidApparently the risk comes from using tap water instead of the recommended sterilized water.

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9503070-neti-pots-linked-to-brain-eating-amoeba-deaths


    Probably adding a couple tablespoons of chlorine bleach to the water would prevent the problem.


    Yeah...that's good for your sinuses... snort some chlorine bleach lol Use distilled water like the directions say.
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    Well I recall some guys here have mentioned using neti pots (I don't myself), so I thought they ought to know this. But I have to wonder if swimming in fresh water lakes and rivers also presents an amoeba risk, if the water gets up your nose, as can happen. The article seems to suggest that, but gives no statistics or risk assessments.
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Something not quite right about snorting water up your nose.
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Art_Deco saidApparently the risk comes from using tap water instead of the recommended sterilized water.

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/16/9503070-neti-pots-linked-to-brain-eating-amoeba-deaths


    Probably adding a couple tablespoons of chlorine bleach to the water would prevent the problem.


    lol
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidSomething not quite right about snorting water up your nose.


    Haha, well, squirting plain water up your nose burns like hell. Definitely makes you feel like you're drowning. I usually just add a bit of salt (non-iodized) and baking soda instead of those packets many pots come with.

    I do it to clear my sinuses and to minimize post-nasal drip during allergy season mostly.
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    Actually, the sinus relief isn't even really that great. It's very brief. But I mainly do it to reduce post-nasal drip because that bothers me more than anything. I really hate that feeling in the back of my throat.
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    cthulu saidThank G-d I don't need one of those as my naturally large Jewish nose needs no irrigation.
    Your nose is actually kind of small.

    "My nose IS big! It's the MOVIES that got small!"
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    cthulu saidThank G-d I don't need one of those as my naturally large Jewish nose needs no irrigation.



    what a handsome Jewish guy you are too!...but,alas i am goy and forbidden
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidSomething not quite right about snorting water up your nose.


    You'd be surprised. I actually started doing this years ago. However, I don't use this device or any other kind of device. My grandmother taught me this remedy years ago before any of this stuff came out and it works every single time. I mix regular table salt with some warm water in a big bowl. Then I just scope the water up with my hands and sniff it up my nose. This takes practice because you can almost strangle yourself if you don't do it correctly. I do this until all the water is gone. It clears your nasal passages, kills the sinus infection, and relieves sinus pressure. Thanks grandma!!!
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    atlantasouthguy saidI mix regular table salt with some warm water in a big bowl. Then I just scope the water up with my hands and sniff it up my nose.

    Reminds me of one of my misadventures. Staying with my sister in 1975, she asked me to look at a leak under her kitchen sink as she left on an errand. I rummaged through some drawers until I found a small pocket flashlight.

    But I couldn't make it light. I pointed the bulb end at me so I could see if it was working, as I tried pressing several rubber buttons. Suddenly a solid stream of liquid shot out and went deep up my nose, then sprayed directly into one eye.

    I immediately realized it was mace even before the pain hit me. I lunged for the bathroom just as the agony began. But being an Army MP I had been trained to tolerate irritant agents, so I stayed calm and knew what I had to do.

    I quickly turned the sink taps on and began filling the bowl, already splashing water on my face and into my eye. When the water got deep enough I plunged my head down and started breathing in the water through my nose. Then I exhaled it, took a breathe of air and began again, acting like a pump. I kept it up for several minutes until the pain subsided.

    There was no permanent damage, and I laughed when I told my sister about my mishap after she returned home. So I inadvertently had to snort water up my nose on one occasion, but I haven't done it since, and I don't think I'll try doing it with a neti pot, either. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 22, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    NetiPots don't work, no matter if they're filled with sterile water, swamp water, or whisky! It's a scam, much like ear candling. Don't be duffuses!
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    Dec 22, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidNetiPots don't work, no matter if they're filled with sterile water, swamp water, or whisky! It's a scam, much like ear candling. Don't be duffuses!


    They're great for swimming and surfing, where you don't want dirty water stagnant in your sinuses.
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    Dec 22, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    if you drink the water with the amoeba in it, nothing happens. Its only when it enters the naval cavity there's a problem...
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    Dec 22, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    ^
    You've never been to Tijuana........icon_wink.gif


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    Dec 22, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    atlantasouthguy saidI mix regular table salt with some warm water in a big bowl. Then I just scope the water up with my hands and sniff it up my nose.

    Reminds me of one of my misadventures. Staying with my sister in 1975, she asked me to look at a leak under her kitchen sink as she left on an errand. I rummaged through some drawers until I found a small pocket flashlight.

    But I couldn't make it light. I pointed the bulb end at me so I could see if it was working, as I tried pressing several rubber buttons. Suddenly a solid stream of liquid shot out and went deep up my nose, then sprayed directly into one eye.

    I immediately realized it was mace even before the pain hit me. I lunged for the bathroom just as the agony began. But being an Army MP I had been trained to tolerate irritant agents, so I stayed calm and knew what I had to do.

    I quickly turned the sink taps on and began filling the bowl, already splashing water on my face and into my eye. When the water got deep enough I plunged my head down and started breathing in the water through my nose. Then I exhaled it, took a breathe of air and began again, acting like a pump. I kept it up for several minutes until the pain subsided.

    There was no permanent damage, and I laughed when I told my sister about my mishap after she returned home. So I inadvertently had to snort water up my nose on one occasion, but I haven't done it since, and I don't think I'll try doing it with a neti pot, either. icon_redface.gif


    That's funny...icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 23, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    Ever since I've used Neti pots, I haven't had any bloody noses.
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    AlphaTrigger saidSomething not quite right about snorting water up your nose.


    Haha, well, squirting plain water up your nose burns like hell. Definitely makes you feel like you're drowning. I usually just add a bit of salt (non-iodized) and baking soda instead of those packets many pots come with.

    I do it to clear my sinuses and to minimize post-nasal drip during allergy season mostly.


    I have some left over Baskins & Robins spoons I've cleaned. (I gave up ice cream about a years ago. I gave up Baskins & Robins about four years ago.)

    Warm water and salt for gargling is what I do. Then I take a Baskins & Robbins spoon of the warm water and salt and put one spoon full in each nostril. It usually get to the back of the uvula which has been very soothing when the uvula isn't doing well.

    I don't think room temperature water would be as soothing but I do have a www.johnellis.com water distilling machine. Perhaps I can use the water I treat through that machine.

    THANKS FOR THE POST. It was an interesting url and some of the sidebar links were interesting when I viewed the original url.
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    Dec 24, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    cthulu saidThank G-d I don't need one of those as my naturally large Jewish nose needs no irrigation.


    Conversely, I heard of one case of Pakistani Muslim who contracted the amoeba doing Wudu
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    Dec 24, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidNetiPots don't work, no matter if they're filled with sterile water, swamp water, or whisky! It's a scam, much like ear candling. Don't be duffuses!

    Huh? My neti pot flushes out my nasal passages wonderfully.