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Can balamuthia live inside house in indoor dust or garage dust? Says found in soil/ dust but need more specifics from experts (you)
It is an amoeba so it needs. Soil and water, Outside of houses in Temperate climates. Infects the person usually thru contaminated wounds, sometimes from nasopharyngeal aspiration of soil or dust.
Not that common of an organism and usually can give rise to skin lesions or fatal Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis ...Read more
I have a few potted plants in house but the soil is extremely dry, almost like rocks. I'm scared of getting rare amoebas like Balamuthia etc?
Very rare, no worry: You asked about this extremely rare infection a few weeks ago. Same answer; re-read my other reply. This is not something for you to be at all worried about. Abnormal fear of infection can be an early sign of serious mental health problem; rent "The Aviator", the biopic of Howard Hughes, for an excellent example where it can lead. (And a great movie, by the way!) Talk with your doctor about this. ...Read more
Can you get balamuthia from cutting grass or being near someone blowing grass and dirt? Or is it from deep soil?
Yes, Iguess you: Can but it is a very rare disease, with only 70 cases reported in the literature in the US. It can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
I'm scared that if I accidentally breathe dust, I'll get balamuthia mandrillaris. What are the risks?
Very rare, no worry: This is an extremely rare parasitic infection, only 70 known cases in the US in almost 30 years. You breathe dust all the time; we all do and it is unavoidable. This is not something for you to be at all worried about. For scientifically accurate information about it, see the CDC website: http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/balamuthia/ Best wishes and happy new year! ...Read more
Dog scratched me - small cut broke skin a little but no blood. Can I get balamuthia mandrillas from this? Live in Tucson
Worker was blowing cut grass off the sidewalks and walked through some particals while going in house. Is balamuthia a risk this way?
Balamuthia is a risk: But EXTREMELY small. Only 70 cases reported in 400 million people. ...Read more
Scared about getting Balamuthia? I accidentally breathed in dirt 6 months ago, have been fatigued with occasional headaches the past month.
No worries: Balamuthia can infect anyone, including people who are healthy. Doctors at CDC do not know how to prevent Balamuthia infection since it is unclear how and why some people become infected while others do not. No one knows what the risk of developing disease from Balamuthia exposure is. It's a rare, unpredictable, usually fatal thing. So, go live life and not worry about things one cannot control. ...Read more
Had dust on finger in Phoenix, picked nose, nose bled. Balamuthia risk higher now? (southwest, dust, open wound)
No. Need symptoms.: You shouldn't suspect Balamuthia infection unless you have SYMPTOMS that corroborate it. Symptoms would include a nodular skin rash (granuloma) @the site of entry, headaches, & neurologic symptoms (Balamuthia often travels to the brain) like paralysis. People with HIV or immunosuppressed (for transplant) are more likely to develop neuro symptoms & not the rash. TT Infectious Disease doc on HT Prim ...Read more