Soundbites: Using a neti pot properly

After a woman died from brain-eating amoeba that likely came from improper use of a neti pot, doctors are reminding people to use safe water if they choose to rinse out their sinuses.  Used as directed, neti pots are appropriate approaches to relieve of nasal and sinus congestion, says John Lynch, director of infection control at Harborview Medical Center. 

People should first clean their neti pot properly and let it dry, and then fill it with distilled or sterilized water, he says.

For more information and recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration websites.

UW Medicine