01 Jan '12, 8pm

Neti Pots, Home Remedy for Colds or Conduit for Infections?

Neti Pots, Home Remedy for Colds or Conduit for Infections?

Dana Robinson's Flickr page /via Neti pots, which look like genies' lamps, have become more popular in recent years as a natural remedy for colds, allergies and sinus infections. Ear, nose, and throat surgeons recommend using a Neti pot or similar device to irrigate nasal passages for patients who have undergone sinus surgery. Many people with sinus symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants also have begun to use the Neti pot to alleviate these symptoms. The Neti pot works by flushing some of the mucus out of the nasal passages. But Neti pots are not a panacea. In recent, but rare incidences, use of neti pots resulted can result in deaths. Two recent deaths have been tied to neti pot use and an aquatic amoeba Two people died recently from an encephalitis infection after using neti pots. The infection involved brain eating amoebas (just the sound of that scared th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/neti-pots-home-remedy-fo...

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