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A 25-year-old male asked:

From nj. webmd says tap water could have naegleria fowleri so try to avoid inhaling the water,but a few drops go into the nose inadvertently,is it bad?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Florence Nwofor
Specializes in Pediatrics
Likely Not: They key word is "could have". Your best information about the quality of your tap water; presence of contaminants or lack thereof will best be from your state water department. Take care and stay healthy!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
From what source ?: Current urban/suburban water systems purify/and chlorinate their water supply to meet various standards.This eliminates such risk.Each municipality should be able to provide you with their classification.This amoeba inhabits sitting water in tanks/ponds/slow moving streams.Water sourced from such areas may provide some risk.
Dr. Deborah Josefson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
It would be exceedingly rare for you to contract Naeglaria in this manner unless you are shooting water up your nose under high pressure. Don't worry so much
Last updated Jun 1, 2022


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