Take Precautions When Using Nasal-Rinsing Products

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Take Precautions When Using Nasal-Rinsing Products
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Sat, 10-19-2013 - 9:23pm

According to Health Day News, it is important to take precautions against infection when using nasal-rinsing products. "Neti pots and other nasal-rinsing devices are generally safe and useful products, but they must be used and cleaned properly to reduce the risk of infection, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.These products are used to rinse the nasal passages with a salt-based solution and are a popular treatment for congested sinuses, colds and allergies, and for moistening nasal passages exposed to dry indoor air.

The most important factor in the safe use of nasal-rinsing devices is the water source. Tap water that is not filtered, treated or processed in specific ways is unsafe because it may contain bacteria or other organisms that can cause infections." read more

How do you clean yours?

Karla
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Registered: 04-25-2003
Fri, 02-07-2014 - 11:46am

I always use boiled (but cooled down) tap water in my neti pot. I follow the instruction booklet to a T. I clean it with a tiny drop of dish soap and boiled water; close the lid and shake it up a few times. Then I rinse it out a 2-3 times also with boiled water. .Then I put both parts in the microwave (booklet recommends this) on a paper towel for about 2 minutes to disinfect it. Then take it out and let it air dry. for a few days . When it's completely dried, then I put the lid on it and place it back in the box it came in. I put it back in the closet until I need it again.

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Registered: 10-16-2014
Thu, 10-16-2014 - 8:41am

This is actually really useful advice.  At the outset, it might sound a little silly, but neti pots and other nasal devices are an easy way to create more problems.  

I have personally used a neti pot for 3 seperate colds/flus in the past 5 years.  The most recent time was when I decided to spend more time listening to medical professionals.  One things I've noticed is that water gets backlogged in a nose with already stuffed sinuses, which can cause several ear and head problems, some of which can be as severe as death(!)[Mostly not, though]

So yes, it's important to use the device properly AS WELL AS take proper care in cleaning it out.  My wife and I passed each other the same cold (can't prove it scientifically) by not taking the time to sterilize the device properly.