Health Warning: Nasal Irrigation with Tap Water Linked to Amoeba Infections

Brain Eating Amoeba Infections
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United States – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expresses concern that nasal rinsing with tap water could lead to some dangerous amoeba infections, advising against such practice altogether.

Recent Study Unveils Findings

A study that is published in ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases‘ demonstrated the appalling statistics and gave rise to complaints from all the ten US patients whose amoeba infections originated from the contact with Acanthamoeba exposure during the nasal rinse, according to Live Science. 

The patients who suffered from the skin disease were 6 and those who faced the nervous system infection were also 6. This is a complication after the infection with this amusement.

Fatal Outcomes

Tragically, three patients succumbed to GAE, emphasizing the seriousness of the condition, while seven were fortunate enough to recover from their illnesses.

Among those infected, uncertainties arose regarding the water used for nasal rinsing, with some admitting to using tap water or improperly sterilizing their devices.

Understanding the Risks

Tap water, containing microorganisms such as Acanthamoeba, poses a significant risk, particularly to individuals with compromised immune systems.

The CDC recommends using boiled, sterile, or distilled water for nasal rinsing to mitigate the risk of infections, urging practitioners to prioritize safety.

Expert Insight

Dr. Julia Haston, lead author of the study, emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about associated risks and implementing preventative measures, according to Live Science.