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Meningitis from dirty saline spray?! How likely??
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:49:14 AM »
So, I heard that a saline spray touching the inside of your nose was bad, especially when you use it again. I freaked out and ran it under hot water for about 30 seconds before using it again.

After I just used it again, I'm getting random head pains and pressure... Feeling off in general. My girlfriend said my head felt a little warm. Ugh freaked out! Is it possible or likely to give yourself meningitis with a "dirty" saline spray?? So worried now... I'd REALLY rather not make a hospital trip out of this... anyone?? Ughhhh  :(
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Re: Meningitis from dirty saline spray?! How likely??
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 03:14:35 AM »
Waiting on a call back from an advice nurse... all this silence is killing me...  :sick0002:

Head pain is still there, not constant, but it feels weird. Still no idea if I have a fever, I feel warm, but it's also warm in my room...
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Re: Meningitis from dirty saline spray?! How likely??
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 03:32:36 AM »
ALSO: no one else but me used the saline spray. So I'm basically asking if I could give myself meningitis...? From what I've been reading about it, it seems highly unlikely. But still, some opinions would be very much appreciated! :P
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Re: Meningitis from dirty saline spray?! How likely??
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 05:45:12 AM »
I never even heard of anything like that.  I have saline mist in there that I used on and off since 2012.  I also have things like Afrin in there for YEARS (I don't get many stuffed noses so I just keep it) - I just heard that you shouldn't share for the reason of not getting a cold from someone else.  I'm 55 and have been doing this since I got married (age 22) - before that I don't know if my mom changed the bottles or not, I just used what was in there - so if she didn't change them I've been used years old spray since I was about 8!
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Re: Meningitis from dirty saline spray?! How likely??
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 04:33:31 PM »
Thanks for the reply! Advice nurse told me it was almost impossible (she can't rule it out completely of course), and that the only way she's heard that you could do that is with an infected self made saline spray or neti pot. And that is a very recent and rare finding.

So, silly me, I let my HA get to me big time last night.  :angry-smiley-034:
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