The contaminated water went up the woman's nose "toward [the] olfactory nerves in the upper part of her nasal cavity", The Seattle Times reported, which ultimately caused the infection which first appeared as a red sore on her nose.
A neurosurgeon from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle said this is a rare situation but is warning patients to be sure to follow the directions when using a Neti pot for nasal congestion, and use only boiled or distilled water.
In addition, images from brain scans may resemble other conditions that are more common, including tumors and bacterial infections, the authors wrote.
"If you do use a neti pot, for instance, you should be very aware that it has to be absolute sterile water or sterile saline", said Dr. Cobb.
Cobbs said he suspects that the woman got infected by using the neti pot with unsterilized water; indeed, rinsing the sinuses with unsterilized water has been linked in the past to another deadly brain-eating amoeba infection called Naegleria fowleri The CDC notes, however, that "little is known at this time about how a person becomes infected" with the amoeba. According to the CDC, the amoeba was discovered in 1986 and officially declared a new species in 1993.
A person can not get infected from swallowing water contaminated with it, and it can not pass from person to person. However, very rarely, there have been deaths associated with an amoeba in tap or faucet water going up the nose. Doctors gave her the medicine (and a cocktail of other anti-infection drugs), but she continued to get worse, according to the report.
Unlike N. fowleri, B. mandrillaris is much more hard to detect, according to the report. "There's been about 200 cases world-wide", Dr. Cobb said.
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