I know all the facts. I know how uncommon it is to get this disease. And I've helped others try to get over their fears. Yet mine are now back.
It's the same situation as the last time I was scared of this. I was volunteering for a summer camp in the park and it was water day. There was an inflatable slip and slide and I splashed a kid with water. Then he splashed me back and I felt a drop hit my nose on the inside. I was trying so hard not to get wet, knowing the fears I got the last time I got wet at the park. This happened yesterday, Thursday the 15th and now, the next day, I have a headache, and I was smelling some strange smells in my room earlier. I don't remember getting these things the last time I was scared about this, so that's why I'm really freaking out agai. The water was cold and it was treated city water, which helps me somewhat, but those two neti pot cases have me scared becaise they were using city water as well. I really wish those two people did not get this disease, first because I don't want anybody to have to die from this horrible disease, and second, their deaths have now created people like me who are scared that they can get the amoeba from city water.
I guess I have another few days of panic again
Cold water, even remotely cool water does not house n. fowleri. As articles have stated, it lives in stagnant water that is 85-115 degrees Fahrenheit. Even 85 degree water is very warm feeling, and your description would not be that it was cold.
First thing, I believe only like two or three cases out of the couple hundred that have been reported since 1962 have been adult victims. So if you are an adult, you are at an even more astronomically low chance of having this.
Second thing, water would have to go WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAY up your nose to even have that extremely low chance of contracting it. Think of how many millions of people have water going up their nose each year, in waters that are dirty, grungy, and unsafe - it is probably in the millions. Still, only 0-8 cases in the states per year, and the 8 cases in one year thing only happened once since 1962, so realistically you're looking at 0-6.
Third thing, symptoms of n. fowleri come on so suddenly, so drastically, so intensely, that if you had it you would not be wondering if you had it or not - you would know something is seriously wrong.
This was/is my most recent fear too, but let's try to use the voice of reason and logic.