Health warning for Sinus remedy

Neti Pot
Neti Pot

Two people have died after using a “Neti Pot” commonly used to help clear nasal and sinus passages.  As a consequence Louisiana’s state health authority has issued a warning about using “Neti Pots”.

“Neti Pots” are used by a lot of divers as they help clear sinuses keeping cold’s and allergies at bay.

The two persons that died, a 51-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man from the ‘brain-eating amoeba’ Naegleria fowleri, apparently had been using tap water instead of sterile water recommended by manufacturers.

Dr Raoult Ratard, Louisiana State Epidemiologist, said: ‘If you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, for example, by using a neti pot, use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution.”

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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