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Boil Your Neti Pot Water

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Water used in neti pots should always be boiled.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.

Darcy Cronin

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Sam O'neal

September 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Irrigating your sinuses is anyway a very good idea as it helps to take away mucous and harmful germs and bacteria from your nose. Please do not stop doing it because of <a href="" rel="dofollow"> neti pot death </a> rumors. You can’t deny that it’s considerably cheaper than purchasing and taking nasal steroids.



April 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM

tien je ne savais pas que on pouvait soigner les muqueuses du nez



April 20, 2015 at 7:05 AM

superbe conseil sur les soins des muqueuse du nez [serrurier->]

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