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A 17-year-old male asked:

One of the symptoms of brain eating amoeba is headache. are these headaches more painful then normal and do the strictly occur on the frontal lobe?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Do NOT worry: Headache would be the least of your problems if you suffered amoeba infection of the brain, which can be rapidly deadly. If you have headaches, have your doctor evaluate and prescribe, and don't worry about amoeba unless you are drinking brackish water from third world sites.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
water would need to go up your nose. Agree with Dr. Machanic.
Oct 3, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Suspect it would be: an AWFUL headache. N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Sx's usually begin within 2 to 15 days of exposure & may include sudden fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea / vomiting, light sensitivity, feeling tired, confusion, loss of balance, hallucinations, seizures & death.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Oct 3, 2017
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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