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So it's snowing where I live

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Offline bpadilla49

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So it's snowing where I live
« on: January 23, 2014, 04:06:01 PM »
And while I was outside a snowflake went up my nose. Now I'm terrified about having a brain eating amoeba!!! It didn't go WAY up there but it was definitely INSIDE my nose. Someone help?
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 05:16:44 PM »
Why do you think you'd get a brain-eating amoeba from a snowflake going up your nose?  It is, after all, just water.  Would you feel the same if a rain drop went up your nose?  I understand having irrational fears, I have had too many to count lately, but I honestly think there are FAR more realistic things to be afraid of than this :)
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 05:32:28 PM »
Brain eating amoebas - n. fowleri lives in water and this is how it infects people. Water going up the nose.
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 05:44:54 PM »
Then you certainly have it :)
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 07:22:23 PM »
That would be from dirty contaminated stagnate water going up your nose.  Like suppose there was old scummy, slimy brown water laying for months on top of a pool cover and it splashed up your nose - THEN it could happen.... most likely it wouldn't, but that's the kind of water that would cause something like that.  Snow flakes are clean.
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 11:49:08 PM »
"Naegleria fowleri /nəˈɡlɪəriə/ (also known as the "brain-eating amoeba") is a free-living, thermophylic excavate form of protist typically found in warm bodies of fresh water, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It is also found in soil, near warm-water discharges of industrial plants, and in poorly chlorinated, or unchlorinated swimming pools, in an amoeboid or temporary flagellate stage." Doesn't mention snow.. .... I also doubt such a primitive organism could live in the freezing snow...
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 12:12:39 AM »
I concur with skim's response 100%.

Was it a snowflake that was falling from the sky? If so, just think about this way: water has to evaporate in order to get to a gaseous state that allows it to later condense into clouds and then freeze to form snow. Brain eating amoebas cannot evaporate or go into a gaseous state to follow that water into the sky. No way, no how. There are not clouds full of amoebas waiting to rain down us.
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 05:34:30 PM »
I'm sorry you are not feeling well. We all have our things that we worry about, and this just happens to be your concern right now. I think you are really, really fine as mentioned above, it's a warmer area thing. The cold kills germs. You will be just fine. I teach, and my kids eat them. Hope you feel better.
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Re: So it's snowing where I live
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 06:11:05 PM »
1. The water has to go RIGHT up your nose, you would definitely feel discomfort, if a droplet goes into your nose it's fine

2. Snow is natural water. In other words, it's not contaminated, n fowleri lives in high temperatures it will not survive below like 20 degrees. Naegleria also needs food. It finds this in lakes. There's no way at all you have it

0.00000000001% chance
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