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Is using a neti pot safe?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Neti pot

Make sure to wash the pot regularly with hot water and a little soap, and replace the pot every few months.
You shouldn't use unsterilized tap water. Instead, use distilled water or premixed packages of solution. You may have heard of two cases last year of fatal brain infections due to a rare amoeba.

In brief: Neti pot

Make sure to wash the pot regularly with hot water and a little soap, and replace the pot every few months.
You shouldn't use unsterilized tap water. Instead, use distilled water or premixed packages of solution. You may have heard of two cases last year of fatal brain infections due to a rare amoeba.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

But you should use distllied water and change pots regularly.
I prefer the "sinus rinse" made by the same company.

In brief: Absolutely

But you should use distllied water and change pots regularly.
I prefer the "sinus rinse" made by the same company.
Dr. Michael Jones
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Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

In general, the "neti pot" or other saline sinus irrigations are safe to use as long as you use water from a safely treated source (ie not river or lake water!) and you are using them correctly.
If you are not sure if your water is safe, you can use bottled or distilled water. Be sure to wash your bottle or pot daily with soap and water as bacteria and other contaminants can find their way in.

In brief: Yes

In general, the "neti pot" or other saline sinus irrigations are safe to use as long as you use water from a safely treated source (ie not river or lake water!) and you are using them correctly.
If you are not sure if your water is safe, you can use bottled or distilled water. Be sure to wash your bottle or pot daily with soap and water as bacteria and other contaminants can find their way in.
Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Safe and effective

When compared head to head with other treatments for allergic rhinitis, nasal saline (neti pot is one form of delivery) comes out on top.
You should of course maintain a hygienic environment, using clean supplies and washing the container regularly.

In brief: Safe and effective

When compared head to head with other treatments for allergic rhinitis, nasal saline (neti pot is one form of delivery) comes out on top.
You should of course maintain a hygienic environment, using clean supplies and washing the container regularly.
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