Topanga, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2013
The neti pot, a teapot-like sinus rinsing device that traces its roots to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, has been in the news lately with celebrity endorsements and scares over the risk of “neti pot death.” Despite some actual deaths and an FDA warning, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey have weighed in on the benefits of neti pots and helped drive the somewhat oddball product, and the cottage industry that supports it, into the forefront of sinus care.
That sinus rinsing can be effective is old news…really old. There is evidence that neti pots were used over 3,500 years ago. Medical researchers now confirm that neti pots can provide significant relief by clearing nasal and sinus congestion, lessening the need for other drugs. But you can get too much of a good thing: daily sinus rinsing has been found to increase the frequency of rhinovirus infections, and using tap water or untreated water directly in the neti pot can be deadly.
Global deaths from neti pot-like sinus rinsing number in the dozens, and typically occur from using impure tap water. Thought to be a problem confined to developing nations, in 2011 two Louisiana residents fell victim to the “brain-eating amoeba." The amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) infects victims through the nasal and sinus tissues, and once inside the body it uses nerve fibers to access the brain, causing severe symptoms leading to death. Mortality from infection is estimated as high as 98%.
This “neti pot risk” can be avoided by boiling tap water first or by buying distilled water. Experts also suggest frequently washing the neti pot to avoid buildup of mold or other microbes. Using a neti pot safely has become an even more time-consuming, laborious and non-travel-friendly process. As a result, the market for neti pot solutions and advanced saline rinses is now seeing a wealth of new products and innovations including new types of neti pots and sterile sinus rinses in bottles and sprayers.
And it looks like technology and the consumer are winning. Sinox Health, the makers of travel-friendly alternative to the neti pot, Snoot! Nasal Cleanser has released results of a recent survey that shows users prefer its high-tech drug-free sinus cleanser over 10-to-1 when compared to standard saline rinses and neti pots. “Snoot! Cleanser is neti pot 2.0”, says Jack Skeels, CEO of Sinox Health. “We’ve created a high-tech saline-based cleanser that blows them away. We started out trying to make a better neti pot rinse and then realized that it would fit in a tiny sprayer you can use anywhere!”
Snoot! Nasal Cleanser is a saline-based rinse that includes advanced mucus cleansing ingredients and acidified sodium chlorite, whose FDA-approved uses include food and water sanitation. Acidified sodium chlorite is also used in many mouthwashes preferred by dentists. Snoot comes in a small 20ml spray bottle and requires only a few quick squirts to be effective. By contrast, neti pots typically require 8-12 ounces of sterile warm water and take several minutes to prepare.
Health care professionals of all types are embracing this handy drug-free rinse for a variety of conditions. “We think this product is a game-changer!”, says Chad Edwards, of the Tennessee Centers for Laser Dentistry, “Our customers love it and use it to fight back sinus colds all the time. We tell everyone about it.”
“This is really just the first lap of the race to provide next-generation sinus care without the negatives of antihistamines, decongestants, steroids or surgical procedures”, adds Skeels, “treating the whole body with drugs to get rid of what is largely a mucus problem will become a thing of the past.” Findings from the Mayo Clinic seem to confirm Skeels’ perspective. Their research found that mucus itself, and the immune system’s reaction to what’s in the mucus, is often the source of chronic sinus conditions.
"This is a new wave of innovation", adds Skeels "where ours and other companies are giving sinus sufferers the ultimate, drug-free upgrade to the 3,500 year old neti pot."