Thursday, September 15, 2011

Article by MD on fungal sinus infections

Here's an article about fungal sinus infections by a physician.

The article suggests using warm tap water for nasal irrigation, but this recently proved fatal for one man, as detailed in the following excerpt:
The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in June was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot. It’s a small teapot-shaped container used to rinse out the nose and sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies, colds and sinus trouble.

Health officials later found the amoeba in the home’s water system. The problem was confined to the house; it wasn’t found in city water samples, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s state epidemiologist.

The young man, who was only identified as in his 20s and from southeast Louisiana, had not been swimming nor been in contact with surface water, Ratard added.

He said only sterile, distilled, or boiled water should be used in neti pots.

To be on the safe side, I would use distilled water and boil and cool it shortly before using it. It might also be a good idea to keep it locked up to ensure that it doesn't get contaminated by someone else, whether accidentally or deliberately.