Neti Pot Effective Pollen Allergy Cure
After reading about the amoeba problem (that kills you) with the Netti Pot if you don’t use sterilized water, my Mom Friend Gwen found something better. It’s called the Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus Irrigation System, developed by a doctor. It’s like a Braun toothbrush system but for your nose/sinuses. It’s $78. She swears by it and I want to get one if I can make space for it in our tiny bathroom.
This is the product blub:
Get serious with your sinuses. The Grossan Hydro Pulse Sinus System is the first pulsating system specifically for nasal and sinus irrigation. Not just a cleanse or rinse, the pulsating action is clinically proven to make your sinus cilia – the body’s first line of defense against contagions, pollen, and foreign matter – work better. Invented by MD specialist Murray Grossan, this is the serious but pleasant way to good sinus health in a medically recognized (covered in dozens of medical journal articles) but drug-free way. Featured in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions Report.
Several mom friends were kind enough to send me this alarming bit of news: Brain Eating Amoeba Kills from Improper Neti-Pot use. The upshot? USE Sterilized Water!!! Of course, I like the water luke warm, so I might heat the water up in the microwave, then pour into the Neti Pot. The good news is that it’s not pollen season yet, so hopefully your neti pots have been collecting dust!
“Do you use a neti pot to clear your sinuses? Experts now warn to be sure to use sterile water — or risk a fatal bacterial infection.
Neti pots — small pitchers that look like a cross between a watering can and a magic lamp — are very commonly sighted in the bathrooms of health-conscious Portlanders. Used to irrigate the sinuses with water, neti pots have been utilized for centuries as a means to clear the sinuses and have recently entered the mainstream as a non-drug solution for seasonal allergies and congestion. Neti pots, when used properly, are very safe; however, The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is warning people against the improper use of neti pots after two people died of “brain-eating amoeba” infections from using tap water to irrigate their sinuses. Time Magazine‘s blog Healthland reports:
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is warning people against the improper use of neti pots, following the deaths of two people who were infected with Naegleria fowleri — the so-called “brain-eating amoeba” — after using tap water to irrigate their sinuses…
Typically, Naegleria fowleri infection occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater lakes and rivers, particularly in summer in the southern U.S. Last summer, at least three other people died from Naegleria fowleri infection in Florida, Virginia and Kansas.
The amoeba enters through the nose, travels to the brain and starts eating neurons. It sounds scary — and it is — but it’s also exceedingly rare. In the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, only 32 infections were reported in the U.S., despite millions of people swimming in lakes and rivers. Of those infected, 30 people were infected by recreational water sources, and two were infected by water from hot springs.
In even rarer cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people can get infected with Naegleria fowleri when contaminated water from other sources, like inadequately chlorinated pools or tap water heated to less than 116.6 degrees F, gets into the nose.
Although uncommon, when Naegleria fowleri infection occurs, it’s nearly always deadly. It’s hard to diagnose and hard to treat. The amoeba causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue. In its early stages, symptoms of PAM look like bacterial meningitis. The first symptoms start 1 to 7 days after infection, with headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and stiff neck. Later symptoms include confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. The disease progresses rapidly after the onset of symptoms, usually causing death within 1 to 12 days.”
I was suffering from pollen allergies at my middle daughter’s soccer game a few months ago when a Mom Friend, Kathleen, asked me if I was attending the 70’s Disco Dance Party at school, our big fundraiser this year. “No,” I said crankily. “I’m exhausted from these pollen allergies and I’m not going. Plus my husband hates to dance.”
I had been taking the Stinging Nettle Tea with local honey but, as usual, forgot to start it early enough and the Maple pollen was so think it literally covered my car every morning in a thick layer and has to be hosed off. I had snorted up Flonase and put drops in my eyes (Patenol) but it clearly wasn’t having any effect. “The Neti Pot has changed my life,” Mom Friend Kathleen declared. I was intrigued and bought one that same afternoon.
What is it?
It’s Ayurvedic medicine (which I totally believe in) that simply cleans the sinuses by pouring saline (salted) water in one nostril and out the other. Sounds weird but it makes sense: the pollen that I breathe in gets trapped in my sinuses where normally I get stuffy, tired, and then sick. Usually every Spring I get a cough that lasts several weeks and has me dodging all doctor friends who advice that I need to see my doctor for “upper respiratory distress” a.k.a. hacking your lung out. This Spring using the Neti Pot, and the Stinging Nettle Tea with local honey, I stopped using Flonase and Patanol entirely and did not suffer from allergies.
This is my experience using the Netti Pot twice a day (once in the morning and again at night).
Day One: Pouring the water through one nostril and out the other felt weird, like doing a flip turn in a pool, but the water poured through easily. I could literally see the yellow pollen clumps pour out. Gross!
Day Two: Same.
Day Three: Developed a slight sinus headache that did not respond to Advil.
Day Four: Headache continued plus the water did not pour through very easily.
Day Five: Headache disappeared, and water poured through easily.
Day Six: Same
Day Seven: No allergy symptoms.
I am a convert! And, as I ask around, it seems that I was the very last person to discover this simple but effective remedy! Have you heard of it or tried it? How did it work for you?
p.s. An article from Web M.D.: Do Neti Pots Really Work?
To examine the Netti Pot more closely at Amazon, please click on image of Netti Pot.