Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CDC Issues Warning About Nasal Washes

Nasal rinses can be very helpful for allergies, but can also be deadly:

" It’s because of a brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri" that can be present in tap water.

Many patients with sleep apnea use nasal rinses.... these are safe as long as boiled or distilled water are used. Similarly, tap water should not be used in CPAP humidifiers (distilled water is recommended).


Hans Daniels said...

Hi Michael, do you think that sleep centers should use distilled water in their CPAPs every night? I always thought that the distilled water was used to keep the machine running longer.

Michael Rack, MD said...

yes, I recommend using distilled water in the CPAP humidifier