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Went swimming today at a park pool and kept getting water in my ears and nose. I'm worried about the brain-eating Amoeba?

I went with my cousins to a park pool called the Columbiana Park Pool and I kept getting water in my ears and nose.

Well, right now I have a headache that seems to hurt more when I turn my head left or right. I also have a little fever, but I think that's from sun-burn since it was hot outside... but cold when you got out of the pool.

I'm worried about having the brain-eating Amoeba that I have looked up from the Internet.

I do not have the money or the job to go to a doctor, and my mother can't afford it.

I'm so scared.

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A brain eating amoeba?
I'm 32 years old, and have went swimming every single summer of my life.
I've never heard of, or gotten a "brain eating amoeba".
Stop worrying about silly things. You're fine.

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There is a brain eating ameba that recently came to the US, they are real, they do eat your brain.
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Even if there is, you're not going to get it from swimming...
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ForeverYoung18
Actually, 3 people died from swimming in lakes, and you can get it by using tap water for Neti-pots (pot-looking things that you put water into to wash away pollen or cure sinus infections). There has been 35 cases reported in the U.S.
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I have had an amoeba eating away at my brain for YEARS now.....it tickles
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sounds like a possible ear infection...did you swim at all these past few days not including today?

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No. Only today.
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Ever heard of swimmers ear?
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ForeverYoung18
Yeah, but I forget what it basically is.
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Water trapped in your ear canal that causes discomfort, especially when swimming.
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ForeverYoung18
The headache now partially went away, but it does feel like there's fullness in my head or something.
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fever would be caused by an infection
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get back in the water !

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public pools are loaded with chlorine, you have nothing to worry about. The headache is probably from water in your sinuses

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That stuff happens to me almost every time I go to the pool, and I'm fine so I believe you'll be fine too :)

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Thank you so much :)
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JRSellers

I just did a Google search. I got a 236,000 hits for "brain eating amoeba."

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That's about 10000 hits for every fatality in the last 9 years.
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What does that mean?
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Sorry, that was supposed to be for JRSellers.
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Ok int, I get it, not a very helpful answer. So how about this one: I did a bit of research on Naegleria fowleri, and I think you'll be ok. Infection from Nf seems to be rare. Also, M. Snake is right, the chlorine will most likely kill the protist.
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Okay :) Thank you.
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I did some quick calculations to estimate your chance of having been infected. It is 1 in 77 million. (That means that if you examined every person living in California and Texas, you would probably find one person who is infected.)

If you were my child, I would have absolutely no concerns that you had come in contact with that creature.

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Thank you :)
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It is extremely unlikely. Besides the chlorine, there's an incubation period. Even if you die in the next few weeks, the odds are you died of something else (car crash? flood/fire?).

If you went to the doctor, they would tell you it isn't worth running a test because the odds are so low.

I am not a doctor or qualified to give medical advice.

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Thank you so much :)
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If you're actually able to ask this question it's too late. You've already been infected. But don't worry, you build up antibodies after the first attack so hop back in the water and enjoy yourself. You'll be fine.

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Not really funny, but thank you for your answer.
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And thank you for your courtesy ;-)
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Haha You're welcome, David.
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It was funny....
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Troll question. He's closed his account now. I think it was our old numerical friend.
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Which one?
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John Numerical.
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Ahh......
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Maybe. He did disappear right after I answered.
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Oh great well I just went in a lake today... . so thanks for giving something to be scared about!:) well just know your not the only one afraid.... but do you know how many people swim in lakes on a daily basis.. . and if your in a pool im pretty sure they can't survive in the cholrine . ( sorry this probably didn't help, I'm trying to convince us both so yeah )

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Sorry, I just worry a lot. Well, almost too much :/
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When I was younger I looked up things in medical books and worroed I had them.... didn't have internet then.
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Somehow I do not think you have anything to worry about......

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