Neti Pots Show Increase In Searches, Social Media "Chatter," As Consumers Seek Protection Ideas Above and Beyond CDC Recommendations
MADISON, Wis., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Add nose washing to the steps that consumers are looking to take -- in addition to frequent hand washing and coughing in a tissue -- in an effort to avoid infection with the flu.
According to data from Google Insights For Search, "neti pot" increased as a search term some 15-20% last week, with New York and California in particular showing a high search volume index.
Additionally, according to TNS Cymfony, the volume of chatter on social media sites related to nose washing and neti pots also increased, with some 76% of all posts regarding nasal washing this month having occurred in just the past 12 days. The nature of that chatter could be seen in blog postings ranging from The Washington Post to Yahoo where consumers were indicating they had begun using a neti pot as an extra precaution against the flu. "My husband had to fly for business today, so he went through what is my normal routine of wiping down the seat handles and tray table with antiseptic wipes. He will probably Neti pot tonight, too, once he gets to his hotel," commented one poster on the Washington Post blog.
Neti pots, used for washing out the nasal passages and sinuses with a saline solution, date back hundreds of years to Ayurvedic medicine. They are used for everything from general sinus health to alleviating sinus pain, decreasing congestion and reducing allergies (they wash out allergens from the nose that can cause allergic rhinitis).
While there is no clinical evidence to suggest that nasal washing can help prevent contracting a flu virus, and the CDC does not include nasal washing in its recommendations for preventing infection with the flu, ample clinical research has demonstrated that using a saline solution to irrigate s
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