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New Study Shows That Regular Neti Pot Use May Lead To More Sinus Infections

By November 10, 2009

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A new study reported at a meeting for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology shows that patients who stopped using a neti pot had a 62 percent decrease in the occurrence of acute rhinosinusitis. The study followed 68 patients over a period of two years.

"I don't have anything against short-term nasal saline irrigation -- even aggressive nasal saline irrigation for three, four days or one week is totally fine," said Talal M. Nsouli, MD, of Watergate Allergy & Asthma Center in Washington. "But when we are doing it o on a daily basis, we are modifying the immunological biochemistry of the nose. This will lead us to a vicious cycle," Nsouli said. "More infections, more nasal saline; more nasal saline, more infections. We need to cut this cycle."

Those who stopped using the neti pot also had significantly fewer sinus infections. You can read more about this study on MedPage Today.

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