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Your Health October 11, 2013 Nasal rinsing safety

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   Heads up for people who use nasal rinsing devices.
   If you use Neti pots and other nasal-rinsing devices, health experts say take precautions to guard against infections.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says, those devices must be used and cleaned properly to reduce the risk of infection.
    They are used to rinse the nasal passages with a salt-based solution and are a popular treatment for congested sinuses, colds and allergies, and for moistening nasal passages exposed to dry indoor air.
     Your water source is essential to your safety.
The agency says, tap water that is not filtered, treated or processed in specific ways is unsafe because it may contain bacteria or other organisms that can cause infections.
   According to the FDA, two people in Louisiana died of a rare brain infection that may have been caused by improper use of neti pots in 2011.
  The agency says, consumers should use distilled or sterile or boiled water in nasal-rinsing devices.

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