This years Indiana Allergy Season if proving to be one of the worst on record. For those patients who suffer from allergies, the high pollen counts can play havoc on the sinuses. Under treatment of allergic sinus conditions can then lead to chronic swelling of the nasal mucosa which then can lead to chronic sinusitis symptoms and chronic infections. In addition to allergy medications, the use of sinus rinses can greatly improve sinus symptoms during these periods of high pollen counts. Sinus rinsing has several benefits, including directly removing irritating pollen still present on the surface of the nasal mucosa as well as thinning the mucous and helping it to clear the nose more quickly.
With this in mind the CDC has recently release a report with recommendations on the safe use of Sinus Rinse devices and Neti Pots. The primary recommendations highlight the type of water that can safely be used in the sinus rinse. The CDC recommends either boiling the water, filtering the water using a bacterial filter smaller than one micron, buying sterile/distilled water or using a disinfectant in the water.
These recommendations stem from recent reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis contracted from tap water use in sinus rinse devices. More recently there have also been reports of mycobacterial chronic sinus infections contracted while using tap water in the sinus rinse.
The moral of this story is – sinus rinsing can be of great benefit to you this year if your sinus and allergy complaints are worse than normal. Just be careful how you mix the solution!
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