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(The New York Times)   The concept of a Neti pot is gross enough, but here's a story to make it even more cringe-worthy   (well.blogs.nytimes.com ) divider line
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2012-09-16 03:09:25 PM  
4 votes:
As a result, the F.D.A. has issued new warnings reminding consumers to use distilled or filtered water in a neti pot. They can use bottled water, or they can boil water and let it cool before using.

Doctors say the new warnings should not dissuade people from using a neti pot, which can be a safe and effective home remedy for allergies and congestion.


Who the fark uses tap water where sterile water is required?

I swear by neti pots - it's the only thing I've found that helps my chronic wintertime sinus problems. It's not exactly a pleasant sensation, but it is effective when I feel completely stuffed up. Warm salt water - distilled water, in the case of a neti pot - is a great remedy for many things.
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-09-16 02:45:56 PM  
4 votes:
Millions of people use them.

2 cases of infection.

DEADLY NETI POTS ARE KILLING EVERYBODY!
2012-09-16 04:34:04 PM  
3 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: As a result, the F.D.A. has issued new warnings reminding consumers to use distilled or filtered water in a neti pot. They can use bottled water, or they can boil water and let it cool before using.

Doctors say the new warnings should not dissuade people from using a neti pot, which can be a safe and effective home remedy for allergies and congestion.

Who the fark uses tap water where sterile water is required?

I swear by neti pots - it's the only thing I've found that helps my chronic wintertime sinus problems. It's not exactly a pleasant sensation, but it is effective when I feel completely stuffed up. Warm salt water - distilled water, in the case of a neti pot - is a great remedy for many things.


Word.

Once you get over the weirdness of it, it is one of the greatest things I have ever discovered (unfortunately wish I knew about it in college). A sinus infection that would take 4-5 days to completely go away now takes 1-2. You'll feel a more open feeling almost immediately as not only is it irrigating your sinuses, it soothes your irritated membranes with warm saline water.

Cannot testify enough.
2012-09-16 04:29:29 PM  
3 votes:
I use Neilmeds, greatest piece of medical advice my doctor ever gave me. I get sick less, don't get sinus infections anymore and don't have as much of a problem with allergies.

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2012-09-16 03:51:43 PM  
3 votes:

brap: Note to self:  Stop filling up neti pot with brackish swamp water Don't live in Louisiana.


FTFY.
2012-09-16 02:43:43 PM  
3 votes:
Naelgleria, please.

You're not supposed to use tapwater in those things.
2012-09-16 04:54:05 PM  
2 votes:
I cannot get this damn things to work for me. It just hits the other nostril somewhere up there and stops, or it backs up into my throat and causes me to gasp and panic like some DIY interrogation device.

I've watched all the videos I can find and read some forums online about the correct way to do it, but it still doesn't happen. Either my body is not right for it, or I'm a total fark up who should never be allowed near shoelaces, let alone a NetiWaterboarder.
2012-09-16 06:14:39 PM  
1 vote:

alexdagrate: This is stupid.

Only a few dozen cases TOTAL in the USA for many years, only TWO with supposed connections to neti pots.

By this standard, no one should EVER get in a car or eat chicken.

I'm gonna keep using my damn neti pot twice a day, and I'm using it straight from the tap.



Ditto. The actual CDC investigation (google it) revealed that in both houses their hot water systems were turned down far too low and this allowed the amoeba to propogate. Water temps in the low 100's at the tap. That's a breeding ground for all kinds of things. They recommended the households turn their hot water to 160 degrees, run all the taps for awhile, then turn it down to 120. Mine's at 130 is too hot for said amoeba to survive.
2012-09-16 05:59:10 PM  
1 vote:
I've been using these for years. Great if you have sinus allergies. Cleans you right out and my nose stays unplugged longer. NEVER use tap & make sure you clean the damn thing out after each use, and leave the container OPEN to air dry. Closing it up, and you are inviting crap to form on the inside.
Waterpic came out with a battery powered one that works really well. If you use the squeeze bottle version of the Netipot, it helps regulate the flow. First time I used one of the squeeze bottle ones, I squeezed too hard and it felt like the water was going to squirt out of my ears.
2012-09-16 05:52:09 PM  
1 vote:
Hey now, fellow Farkers. Your old pal FarkerSnow here with a little medical advice.

I use a neti pot almost daily and farking love it. But most people don't know that this ancient ayurvedic tradition has a second step. The saline water cleanses the nasal passageways, but also strips away the protective layer of mucous, which can cause dryness or irritation. After rinsing, snorting up a one or two drops of this stuff called Nasya Oil replaces the beneficial stuff you've washed away and increases the benefits of the neti rinse. It's just awesome. I highly recommend. Check it out:

http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3181

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2012-09-16 05:07:45 PM  
1 vote:

bdub77: brap: Note to self:  Stop filling up neti pot with brackish swamp water Don't live in Louisiana.

FTFY.


That's right. YOU shouldn't live in Louisiana, because the people here don't want to put up with your shiat.
2012-09-16 05:05:10 PM  
1 vote:
My mother used one and it managed to fark up something in her ears. Constant buzzing noise now. Noone can seem to fix it.
2012-09-16 04:54:48 PM  
1 vote:

reklamfox: I love my neti pot, I would be so miserable without it. I have taken every allergy medication known to man to the point of complete ineffectiveness, and the neti pot works every time with absolutely no tolerance buildup. I will risk a brain eating amoeba for the opportunity to breath clearly. But I have heard of other cases of people getting sinus infections and even the occasional ear infection from using regular tap water in their neti pot, I guess because it's not clean or whatever. So far I haven't had any problems with regular tap water.


For Fark's sake, invest the $0.89 in a gallon of distilled water. Then you won't need to tempt fate with the brain-eating amoebae.
2012-09-16 04:48:53 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: I use Neilmeds, greatest piece of medical advice my doctor ever gave me. I get sick less, don't get sinus infections anymore and don't have as much of a problem with allergies.

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This! Unholy gods THIS.

I suffer from what is pleasantly known as "post-nasal drip" and these things really help clear me the fark out for a while.

And, yes, the thing tells you to use distilled (or previously boiled) water. Mind you, I thought this was kind of a common knowledge precaution, but I gues snot.
2012-09-16 04:41:02 PM  
1 vote:

reklamfox: So far I haven't had any problems with regular tap water.


I should clarify that I boil my tap water before I use it in my neti pot
2012-09-16 04:32:34 PM  
1 vote:
Hippie freaks.
2012-09-16 03:40:12 PM  
1 vote:
Note to self: Stop filling up neti pot with brackish swamp water.
 
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