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Nasal Washes-the good and the bad!

posted Mar 1, 2012, 5:38 AM by Martine Hutton
This concern came out last year and now the CDC and National Jewish Health have issued a warning about using tap water in nasal washes.  Nasal washes are still an excellent and effective way reduce pollen and infection in the nasal passages but using tap water could risk exposure to this deadly organism. Stay with distilled,sterilized or previously boiled water for safety, but don't give up this practice-especially now-tree pollen is upon us!  
This amoeba can be found here in the Low Country and has caused death.  Typically it multiplies in the warmer/hot months in  fresh water lakes and ponds. The deadly disease is acquired by forcing water up the nasal passages, giving the amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)  opportunity to enter the brain. Though very rare, the messages should be clear: avoid potentially contaminated tap water in nasal washes AND beware of jumping into warm fresh water in ponds, lakes and rivers!