Two people in Louisiana died from an infection with a "brain-eating" amoeba
after using Neti-Pot irrigations with tap water. Nasal saline irrigation has
been used for thousands of years and continues to provide symptomatic relief to
patients with sinusitis. This event highlights the absolute importance of using
either sterile water or boiling water if used from a water faucet tap prior to
using it for nasal saline irrigations. It is also important to wash your
irrigation bottle or container frequently to prevent cross-contamination. See LA
Times news article here.
Scientists in Europe are trialing a ultrasound sensor
that detects the viscosity of fluid. The idea is that the sensor can detect if
the fluid in the paranasal sinuses is thick or thin. Their hypothesis is that
patients with thick secretions are more likely to represent a bacterial
infection and need antibiotics. See the news article here.
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