Neti pot Seattle death: Doctors issue warning after brain infection ki

Neti pot Seattle death: Doctors issue warning after brain infection ki

Neti pot Seattle death: Doctors issue warning after brain infection ki

Doctor Charles Cobbs said his patient, a woman in her 60s, filtered her neti pot water. In this case, however, it was the neti rinse device that delivered the amoebas, via infected tap water, into her nasal passages and into her olfactory nerves, the scientists said.

Instead of a sterile saline solution, the woman used tap water. She'd experienced a seizure that weakened her left arm.

Over the next several days, additional scans revealed that whatever was happening in her brain was getting worse.

But the sore didn't go away even after treatment and multiple visits to the dermatologist.

When Dr Cobbs next operated on the woman, the growth had grown to the size of a baseball, and that too much of her brain tissue had been killed for medics to save her. Cobbs said this was likely the first symptom of the amoeba, but its rarity makes the amoeba hard to quickly diagnose. But the woman's condition was deteriorating. There were three similar United States cases from 2008 to 2017.

Three types of amoebas have been identified as causing fatal brain infections, according to Jennifer Cope, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's unit that focuses on foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases. However, very rarely, there have been deaths associated with an amoeba in tap or faucet water going up the nose.

You can't get the infection from drinking contaminated water or swimming in a properly chlorinated pool, and it hasn't been shown to spread through vapor from a hot shower or humidifier, according to the CDC. Because the water goes directly up your nose, it'll be close to your brain-so it's crucial no microbes are lingering in the liquid.

She was advised to try and flush out her sinuses and nasal cavity using water.

"She had not been boiling water, using sterile water or using sterile saline". She had been using water that had been put through a filter and maybe it had been sitting there and somehow the amoeba from somewhere else got in there. But then Hopkins pathologists came back with a verdict: The infection looked "amoebic", said Cobbs, who thought, "that's ridiculous", upon hearing the news. Since they thrive in warm soil and water, some local doctors are growing concerned that the woman's deadly infection could be among other southern-hemisphere diseases that may become spread northward toward the Pacific Northwest amid warming temperatures.

"It's not something to be scared about because it's extraordinarily rare, but still there's a lot to learn", Cobbs said.

So, in an attempt to give the 69-year-old Seattle woman some relief, doctors recommended that she use a neti pot regularly to rinse out her sinuses.

Wash and dry your hands.

Talk with your health care provider or pharmacist if the instructions do not clearly state how to use it or if you have any questions.

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