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apelaez posted:
I recently read an article in CNN of users of Neti pots using lukewarm tap water being infected by Ameoba through the nose. My question is am I susceptible to the same infection if I fill my sleep apnea humidifier water chamber with tap water? Should I be using distilled water?

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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
If you live in an area of unpure water, you will most likely know about it because of ameobic dysentary. There is nothing wrong with using bottled distilled water if you desire, but if your tap water is safe to drink, it is safe to use in a Neti Pot or humidifier. If your apnea humidifier has a specific recommendation to use distilled water, than do so.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
I appreciate you asking this question, Apelaez, and Dr. Moser's response.

For anyone interested in reading more of this breaking story, click on the following link:

Brain-eating Amoeba in Neti Pots
We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~Peggy Tabor Millin


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