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A 21-year-old male asked:

Creek water got up my nose yesterday. left nostril swelling. was shallow, warmish water. freaking out about brain eating amoeba. should i worry?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
?: It says you are in Afghanistan??? I looked up where this organism has been identified. It has been found in several countries around the world but everywhere I looked, Afghanistan was not one of them.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Very, very low risk: There have been NO case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Kentucky between 1962–2016.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
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Oct 3, 2017

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Morehead, KY
A 21-year-old male asked:

Creek water got up my nose. Shallow, warmish water. Left nostril kinda swelling a bit. Should I be worried about brain eating amoeba? Or anything else

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
30 years experience
Rare: Brain abscesses caused by amoebas are rare. Amoebic disease is more common in tropical areas with poor sanitation like Mexico, Africa, South America and India. Unless there is a chance for sewage, (human waste) in the creek, I wouldn't worry too much. See your doctor for any concerns.
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Dr. James Long
Dr. James Long commented
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
The freshwater Protozoa Naegleria fowleri is fortunately very rare. It's incubation from the time of exposure is about 5-7 day and would start with fever, HA, neck stiffness and Nausea. Of you have any of these symptoms, see your MD. More likely would be something else, but see your MD if you are not feeling well
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