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Offline Walking Circles

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Naegleria scare.
« on: January 03, 2014, 02:33:19 AM »
So I know it is far fetched, but a few minutes ago after washing my hands I shook some of excess water off and managed to get a drop or so slung into the inside my nose. At least I am fairly sure that's what happened, I blew my nose right after and I didn't feel the water go way up there and in any case it was just a few drops. Should I even be worried about this? I am scared that I will come down with it.
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Re: Naegleria scare.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 03:14:35 AM »
You should absolutely not be worried ;)
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Re: Naegleria scare.
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 03:43:43 AM »
I guarantee you are fine :)
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Re: Naegleria scare.
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 12:17:04 PM »
Once in awhile I have Naegleria scares -- a direct result of watching that episode of House a few years ago. The reality is, it's incredibly rare. Think of how many children swim and get water in their noses in freshwater ponds and lakes every summer. Infections are so rare that they make national news. The amoeba has to get WAY up into your sinus cavities for it to have any chance of reaching your brain. Unless you're using a netty pot to flush your sinuses with warm tap water, or you get water way up your nose while swimming in a fetid pond or lake during a really hot summer, you have nothing to worry about.

It's one of those extremely rare ailments that most of us would be better off just wiping from our memories.
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