Amoeba in the nasal rinse?
As many people have heard by now, a 69 year old lady recently died from complications of using Amoeba-contaminated water to mix her Netipot. What many people don't know is that she used water that had been Brita filtered assuming that it would be safe. Unfortunately for her, it wasn't. Thankfully, complications like this are very rare.
In my practice, I have told every patient that I have seen to use boiled and cooled or distilled water to mix their nasal rinse. The reality is, even with verbal instructions, having it written on every single instruction sheet that I give to patients and the fact it is written on the sides of common nasal rinse bottles, people continue to use tap water to mix their nasal rinse. Amoeba infections are rare but in day to day clinic practice, I see a multitude of bacterial infections directly related to using tap water. This leads to prolonged courses of antibiotics, ongoing inflammation and infections after surgery and often the formation of scar tissue (that often requires further surgery to repair) and ongoing, if not worsening symptoms..... basically taking away the benefits of doing nasal surgery and using a nasal rinse for that matter.
Unfortunately, boiled and cooled or distilled water may not be enough to make your nasal rinse safe. Particles known as "Bacterial Endotoxins", which come from the breakdown of certain types of bacteria, may cause ongoing infections, fevers and inflammation, cannot be eliminated by boiling or cooling water (unless able to reach over 270 degree). This may be the source of ongoing problems for patients with nasal and sinus disease.
The water used to make Rhinorinse is some of the cleanest water in the world. In fact, the same water is used to make IV and dialysis solution so needs to be absolutely pristine water (if it is clean enough to be injected into your blood stream then it is safe enough for your nose). When taken directly out of the solution pouch, there is essentially no risk of contamination and the plastic that is used to make our nasal rinse bottles is bacterial resistant - just remember to clean with hot and soapy water after each rinse and let air dry between rinses - so the chance of getting an infection from using Rhinorinse is minuscule.
I created Rhinoclear to provide an effective and convenient way of helping people to keep their nose and sinuses health and clear because if you can breathe better, life just feels better!
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