You must have heard about 2 people dying from a Brain Eating Amoeba after not properly using their netti pots recently.
Naegleria fowleri infection, as it is also called Brain Eating Amoeba, can lead to PAM amebic meningoencephalitis, an infection of the brain in which tissue dies. Initially, PAM signs and symptoms are very similar to those of bacterial meningitis.
It is typically found in warm waters, ponds, lakes, hot springs and unchlorinated pools for swimming. It can invade a person’s nervous system through the nose. The death rate for this infection is 98%. It can occur in healthy children or young adults with no prior history of immune compromise who have recently been exposed to bodies of fresh water. It does not occur from drinking the water.
Typically symptoms of this infection start in 1 to 14 days after exposure and may include:
1) Changes in taste and smell
5) Stiff Neck
It can lead to confusion, hallucinations, inattentiveness and seizures. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses quickly over 3 to 7 days, with death occurring from 7 to 14 days after being exposed.
According to the CDC, there have been 32 reported Naegleria fowleri infections from 2001 through 2010 in the USA. Thirty of the patients had become infected after contact with recreational water, while the other two became infected from a geothermal drinking water supply.
Learn more about Naegleria fowleiri on this video below
If you are using a netti pot or nose rinse be sure to use distilled water or boil the water for 10 minutes prior to rinsing then nose and be sure it’s cooled down not to burn the inside of your nose. Do NOT Use the tap water! Be sure to rinse the netti pot or sinus rinse bottle and air dry after each use too.
There is currently no known treatment for this flesh eating amoeba.