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Amoebas in tap water can be fatal

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The message couldn't be more clear: Unsterilized tap water can be deadly when used to flush out your sinuses.

It was for two Louisiana residents, who died within months of each other. Both victims used Neti-pots. But, the devices weren't what killed them. It was an amoeba living in their tap water. 

All it takes is a hairline crack in an underground pipe for an amoeba to get into a home's water system. That's why the instructions on most any sinus rinse you buy clearly recommend using distilled water, or at least boiling it. 

"The salt water rinse can be, in general, a very safe way to help treat sinus symptoms," says Dr. Ben Gaudin. "It can be very helpful to treat a stuffy nose, or if they need drainage in their nose. It can help provide temporary relief when someone has a cold."

Yet there are still online how-to videos that show people using Neti-pots with water straight from the faucet.

Experts say don't do it. Once this particular type of amoeba is in your sinuses, it's just a short trip to the brain and an infection that's almost always fatal.

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