What type of water should i use for my Neti Pot?

Always rinse your nasal passages with NeilMedĀ® SINUS RINSEā„¢ packets only. Our packets contain a mixture of USP grade sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. These ingredients are of the purest quality available to make the dry powder mixture. Rinsing your nasal passages with only plain water without our mixture will result in a severe burning sensation as the plain water is not physiologic for your nasal lining, even if it is appropriate for drinking. Additionally, for your safety, do not use tap or faucet water for dissolving the mixture unless it has been previously boiled for five minutes or more as boiling sterilizes the water. Other choices are distilled, micro-filtered (through 0.2 micron), commercially bottled or, as mentioned earlier, previously boiled water at lukewarm or body temperature. You can store boiled water in a clean container for seven days or more if refrigerated. Do not use non-chlorinated or non-ultra (0.2 micron) filtered well water unless it is boiled and then cooled to lukewarm or body temperature. Do not rinse if your nasal passages are completely blocked or if you have an ear infection or blocked ears. If you have had recent ear or sinus surgery, contact your physician prior to irrigation. If you experience any pressure in the ears or burning in the nasal passages, stop irrigation and get further directions from your physician. Keep out of reach of children. Read and retain this enclosed brochure for instructions and other important information.


NeilMed has learned about recent news and internet articles concerning the improper use of unfiltered or contaminated tap water with neti pots. We emphasize that, when used as directed, NeilMed's nasal wash devices are safe, affordable and effective to use. NeilMed's directions of use have always stressed the importance of using clean and previously boiled water, distilled water or filtered water through a 0.2 micron filter for nasal irrigation. Our product brochure instructions clearly note that using tap water is not recommended. Please do not use tap or faucet water when using NeilMed's nasal wash devices. If you always use distilled, previously boiled or filtered water through a 0.2 micron filter for nasal rinsing with a Neti Pot; there is no cause for concern. NeilMed also provides a protocol for disinfecting NeilMed nasal irrigation devices. Please follow the protocol.

NeilMed products have helped millions worldwide and millions continue to use the nasal irrigation for their nasal and sinus mucus symptoms. Please review the warnings and follow the directions set forth in our brochures, flyers, pamphlets. Please review NeilMed's website for the most up-to-date product information; and avoid other unauthorized sources.

If you cannot obtain previously boiled water, distilled water or filtered water for nasal irrigation, you can use the NeilMed Sinuflo Ready Rinse, a premixed, ready to use solution, which is available in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid and several other stores.

We recommend that you also review our disinfection protocol available at our website www.neilmed.com/usa/use_npsr.php or read Dr. Mehta's education brochure which is included with our product packaging.

Click here to download Dr. Mehta's education brochure.



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