Neti pot panic
April 3, 2012 12:43 PM Subscribe
I used a neti pot with plain tap water and the saline solution. Then I read that you could get brain-eating bacteria from it. I am at work having a panic attack now. Hope me, Metafilter!
posted by sucky_poppet to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not in Louisiana, where the neti pot deaths occurred. I have no idea how worried I should be. Should I go to the hospital and ask for massive antibiotics prophylactically? Or were these deaths extremely rare and localized and probably not something I should worry about? Have any MeFites used the neti without boiling the water first?
My sinuses are feeling a little inflamed, but nothing is coming out, and I feel a bit spacey -- however, this could be from the original condition I was trying to help, which is inner ear fluid, or from panic, or from staying up late last night and not getting much sleep.
I don't know how long it would take for the bacterial symptoms to set in. I used the pot last night about 2 a.m. so it's been about 12 hours. No stiff neck, headache, or nausea, just a feeling of sinus heaviness and pretty spaced out. I also used 4-Way Nasal Spray about three hours ago, and that was actually before noticing the heavy sinus feeling. It's the sinuses right below my eyes that are bothered the most. I took Sudafed also.
I'm looking for reassurance mainly. However, please let me know if you think I am in danger and what to do.