GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
It's stuffy nose season, and you may be in the habit of using a neti pot to clean your sinuses. However, we want you to be safe.
Recent news about the death of 2 people in Louisiana who died after using a neti pot with amoeba-infested water prompted a comment on our Facebook page.
Like Louisiana's health authorities, we recommend that customers boil (and cool!) water before using it to irrigate your sinuses.
We do not test for the "brain-eating" amoeba Naegleria fowleri. The reason is because this particular amoeba is only present in water much warmer than Portland's very cold Bull Run drinking water source. That being said, it's recommended that water heater thermostats are set at 125 degrees, because lower temperature setting can result in the growth of bacteria that can cause a sulfur/rotten egg smell in the hot water.
Again, to be on the safe side, we recommend that you always bring water to a rolling boil and cool prior to using in your neti pot.
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