A 17-year-old male asked:
do i have inhalation anthrax? i was on webmd symptom checker it says i have it i have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pulmonology 45 years experience
Probably not: Unless you work with infected animals or animal products (hair, wool, hides) or are a target for bioterrorism you are unlikely to be exposed to anthrax spores. Chronic bronchitis from smoking more common. See your md for testing if concerned.
Cardiology 44 years experience
Doubtful: In order to contract inhalation anthrax, you have to come into contact with anthrax. Unless you're a member of a terrorist group with connections or you work in a top secret government weapons lab, it's very hard to get exposure. "common things happen commonly" is a well respected medical aphorism. You likely have a viral pharyngitis. It's not a bad idea to get a spot strep screen ; mono test tho.
Last updated Dec 19, 2014
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