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3 Important Tips for Using This Natural Remedy Safely

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3 Important Tips for Using This Natural Remedy Safely

If you rely on Neti pots for allergy and sinus relief, you may have been spooked to learn that Neti pots have been implicated in two fatalities. In both cases, the victims, both in the New Orleans area, contracted a deadly brain-eating amoeba after using these devices to rinse their sinus cavities with tap water.

But there’s no reason to stop using yours—if you do it safely.

Neti pots have been used for thousands of years as a way to irrigate irritants directly out of your nose. (The classic device looks something like a teapot; to use it, you pour water into one nostril, letting it flow out the other, then repeat with the other nostril.) They have been proven to be helpful in alleviating colds and allergies.

We asked Linda Dahl, MD, a New York-based otolaryngologist, to assess the risk—and give us some tips about the right way to use these nasal irrigators. Here are her three tips for safe Neti pot use.start_article

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Delia A. Hammock is a clean-eating, vegetarian beauty junkie who has been covering wellness—including health, mental health, nutrition, and relationships—for nearly 25 years. She is a writer for national magazines such as Health, Redbook, Shape, and Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, editing, testing skincare products, or whipping up raw desserts, Delia fronts an alt-rock band, The Hey Honeys, based in Montclair, New Jersey.

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  1. Healthy me

    March 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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