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Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« on: May 23, 2014, 07:35:07 PM »
Hey all,

Last night I rinsed out my sinuses with a neti pot (really it's a spray bottle type thing) I just bought because they had been really dry and I had had a nosebleed earlier in the day. I rinsed it out, put in the salt, realized I needed to boil water so it sat on the bathroom counter while I boiled water and waited for it to cool.

The thing is, I didn't dry out the water bottle completely before pouring in the boiled water. So there could be amoeba in that.

I live in Montreal, so I know the water is chlorinated and ozone'd, but there's still a nagging feeling I've got the deadly brain amoeba that killed two other people in Lousiana who used a neti pot. I had a nosebleed so there is a way for the amoeba to enter my body.

I have been torn up with stress ever since.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 07:47:23 PM »
The people that died of the amoebas used plain tap water. Even with small amounts of non-boiled water, the boiling water should destroy any bacteria left in the pot. I use the neti pot all the time. In the future, just remember to rinse the pot with some of the boiling water and then add the water and neti salt. It should give you more peace of mind.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 07:52:47 PM »
The water was already cooled when I added it to the neti pot/spray bottle. :(
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 08:03:01 PM »
I just reread the article. The people that died regularly used tap water from their faucet, so the amoebas built up over time. One time should not be enough. I did note something that I did not know. You need to boil the water for 3-5 minutes. For years, I just used my electric kettle, which shuts off as soon as it boils. You can always use the neti tonight in the proper fashion to wash out any possible bacteria.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 08:08:05 PM »
It's an amoeba, not a bacteria, and I don't think they build up over time. In fact IIRC the amoeba weren't in the city supply, just in the houses' supplies. (?) They did use it regularly, but it only takes one time...
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014, 08:35:15 PM »
All I can say is if you see symptoms within 5 days, to go see your doctor. I have a feeling their water was not the greatest compared to Montreal's water. Keep rinsing with the properly boiled water.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014, 09:06:18 PM »
Anyone else?
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2014, 09:38:53 PM »
I had a terrible amoeba fear once when my mom didnt put chlorine in the pool just one day! and i feared my daughter had it too!

trust me. amoeba mainly only build up in warm water over 70 degrees and those faucet incidences were rare and something was up with their water system. you should be good! do you know how many people swim in lakes everyday and disgusting waters and dont catch amoebas! because it is very very rare!
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2014, 10:45:15 PM »
I know it's a dumb fear. The only way they could get in is from outside source (that is warm enough water), not be killed by too-low or too-high temperatures in the pipes, AND also be in the few remaining water droplets left in the bottle.

Yet I'm still terrified and shaking back and forth.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 11:51:50 AM »
It's been 1.5 days since the rinse, and I already feel like it's been a week. I'm out of my mind with worry :(
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2014, 05:34:12 PM »
Apparently even if the water is properly chlorinated, they can exist in some sort of other form for long periods of time?
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2014, 06:15:58 PM »
I have heard that if they could occur in a pool but only if it isnt properly chlorinated, which is how i got my fear from.

from my step dad not putting chlorine in the pool for one day.
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2014, 07:18:54 PM »
I'm in the wrong part of the content. Wrong time of the year. Wrong kind of water (mine is treated and has had no recent flooding or hurricanes). I used 99% boiled water. Why am I afraid?
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2014, 07:55:13 PM »
Why are we all afraid? Because we suffer from ha lol
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Re: Brain amoebas + neti pots.
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2014, 08:00:51 PM »
 It's so crazy!
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