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Can you contract naegleriasis by inhaling through your nose when there is steam rising from the warm water even when no water has entered the nose?

Can you contract naegleriasis by inhaling through your nose when there is steam rising from the warm water even when no water has entered the nose?

Not likely: Uncertain about the diagnostic category you describe. But as a general rule of thumb the answer is no but it can occur as a result of water that's been contaminated going into the nose during activities like swimming, bathing or nasal irrigation ...Read more

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Steam inhaler! Is it safe to add anything to the water from a "steam inhaler."was thinking maybe salt, lemon, olive oil. What would be safe? Vicks/other?

Steam inhaler! Is it safe to add anything to the water from a "steam inhaler."was thinking maybe salt, lemon, olive oil. What would be safe? Vicks/other?

Avoid that: Avoid trying to inhale household items you have found around the house. You do not need any of those things in your lungs. Vicks helps when applied to your chest or the bottom of your feet for congestion. If you are ill see your doctor. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 1/2 weeks old and has dry cough and stuffed nose. Is it okay for him to inhale Vicks with steam water?

My baby is 3 1/2 weeks old and has dry cough and stuffed nose. Is it okay for him to inhale Vicks with steam water?

Uri young baby: I prefer to stick with only normal saline drops in the nose followed by suctioning, upright position and a vaporizer isok in the room. I prefer to avoid the Vicks at this young age. ...Read more

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Many things to help post nasal drip, like steam inhalation, manuka honey and increased water make my throat mucus worse. Why would this happen?

Many things to help post nasal drip, like steam inhalation, manuka honey and increased water make my throat mucus worse. Why would this happen?

Increasing fluids: Any time you increase fluids (steam, honey, water) you may make more mucus. You might try an antihistamine or inhaled steroid for your postnasal drip. These should not cause more mucus. ...Read more

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I inhaled pool water about 24 hours ago and I can still breathe but I am shaking because I am scared. Will I be okay?

I inhaled pool water about 24 hours ago and I can still breathe but I am shaking because I am scared. Will I be okay?

Don't be scared: If you swallowed some pool water, you probably ingested some bacteria with chlorine, common in pools> The fact that 24 hrs have passed without any significant symptom should be a good news. You may still develop some GI symptoms like stomach upset for a few days which should pass with your BM. If you get any fever or diarrhea after several days, a trip to your doctor will be advisable to evaluate. ...Read more

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I inhaled some water coughed a little and now it hurts when I breath in, what do I do?

I inhaled some water coughed a little and now it hurts when I breath in, what do I do?

Should resolve: Aspirating a little bit of water is not very concerning and your symptoms will likely subside. If symptoms worsen over the next few days considering contacting your primary doctor. ...Read more

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I inhaled quite a bit of water while drinking about two hours ago. I'm still coughing. I'm home alone with three children. What should I do? Help!

I inhaled quite a bit of water while drinking about two hours ago. I'm still coughing. I'm home alone with three children. What should I do? Help!

911IfYouStartChoking: If overall you are breathing OK and feel you are getting enough air and the coughing isn't getting in the way of your breathing too much, then this should all clear -up in a short while. But...you said "quite a bit"of water. How much is that? Hopefully not too much. But generally, water will get absorbed from the lungs efficiently. You may have some irritation for a while. Also, how did this happen? ...Read more

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Why do they tell you to drink water after using the Qvar inhaler?

Why do they tell you to drink water after using the Qvar inhaler?

Qvar: Qvar inhaler contains a mild steroid for treatment of asthma. Because the medicine can cause oral thrush and even hoarseness, it is important to rinse your mouth or drink water after each use. ...Read more

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I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?

I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?

Lake Manitoba: Although lake manitoba has previously had issues with high escherichia coli counts, I was unable to find any water quality reports that indicated any significant issues currently. However, whenever this type of water is ingested there is always potential for infection. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the potential dangers of mold from sugar from orange and water if inhaled? Neurotoxins?

What are the potential dangers of mold from sugar from orange and water if inhaled? Neurotoxins?

IN MY OPINION: NONE!

The "neurotoxicity" of common molds is absolute NONSENSE!

Furthermore the molds affecting normal foodstuffs are NOT AIRBORN!

Furthermore the evidence for neurotoxic molds OF ANY KIND is DOUBTFUL

ALLERGY YES NEUROTOXIC NONSENSE

Again MY OPINION ONLY!
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I inhaled water, will something happen to me, should I be concerned?

I inhaled water, will something happen to me, should I be concerned?

Don't worry: Your lungs can absorb excess water and probably you were coughing after the inhalation. The only concern about inhaling water is in the process of drowning which seems unlikely since you have asked the question. ...Read more

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If you inhale a bunch of water you drown so why don't you die from water going down the wrong hole when you drink it?

If you inhale a bunch of water you drown so why don't you die from water going down the wrong hole when you drink it?

Drown: Your can if enough goes down and does not come back up. If you are thinking about trying to drown this way please call the suicide line. NOW. ...Read more

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Inhaled shower mist. Concerned about contracting Naegleria fowleri. My water is disinfected but so was the water in Louisiana.?

Inhaled shower mist. Concerned about contracting Naegleria fowleri. My water is disinfected but so was the water in Louisiana.?

No worries: Don't worry. If you had N. Fowleri in the water supply it would make CNN. If your water is coming from your municipality your 99.99% ok. If you have your own tank that might be a different story. Nothing can be done unless you develop symptoms anyways so don't worry too much. ...Read more

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I inhaled a bunch of water while swimming and coughed al little the vomited. Do you think I still have lingering water in my lungs?

Hard to say: It would be hard to say with so little information. It is certainly possible to aspirate water into your lungs, or if you vommitted a lot more may have gone into your stomach. If you have a significant shortness of breath, residual cough, chest pain, or resolution of any symptoms I would not hesitate to be seen for exam and possibly radiologic workup. ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled activated charcoal. I'm coughing it up and drinking lots of water. Can breathe but it's irritating. What now?

I accidentally inhaled activated charcoal. I'm coughing it up and drinking lots of water. Can breathe but it's irritating. What now?

It is too late: To go to ER, as immediate action, that is what you should have done, to make sure the carbon parcel did not damage your respiratory system, did not inhale carbon monoxide. Now only thing to do is to avoid such incidence ...Read more

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My inhaler got thrown in the trash, but was in its box. OCD & have Panic, so I washed out cap with warm water, let dry. Have used, its ok right?

My inhaler got thrown in the trash, but was in its box. OCD & have Panic, so I washed out cap with warm water, let dry. Have used, its ok right?

Okay to use: Yes it is okay to use your inhaler. Since it was in the box, it was not contaminated when it was thrown into the trash. The washing of the cap was an extra precaution that you needed to do for your OCD and panic. But now you know it is safe. ...Read more

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If my friend smoked an e cig on tuesday (&only inhaled 4 times) & got a urine drug test on thursday would it show up even if she drank a lot of water

If my friend smoked an e cig on tuesday (&only inhaled 4 times) & got a urine drug test on thursday would it show up even if she drank a lot of water

Idea: I'm sorry that anybody's involved with tobacco / nicotine addiction. If a low level is detected, it might be accepted as due to passive smoking. I very much hope she'll stay tobacco-free. ...Read more

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My 18 month old inhaled a bunch of pool water. Threw up a lot and now is coughing on and off. Should I take her to the ER?

My 18 month old inhaled a bunch of pool water. Threw up a lot and now is coughing on and off. Should I take her to the ER?

Yes: She might have inhaled more water and the associated chemicals than you think. Take her to the ER for an evaluation and most likely a chest x-ray! ...Read more

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Would I be coughing if I inhaled food I felt a slight cough when I was eating a chicken strip and I was drinking water and k felt it in the air way?

Would I be coughing if I inhaled food I felt a slight cough when I was eating a chicken strip and I was drinking water and k felt it in the air way?

Mgt/suggestion: It is possible to aspirate food into the airway. The lung has defenses to clear the food before it can cause problems if it is a small amount. If you continue to cough or have any problems breathing, a follow up visit and chest radiograph is advisable. ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled shower water while I was showering. Am I at risk for PAM? I live in Illinois. Didn't get much up the nose but enough to feel it

I accidentally inhaled shower water while I was showering. Am I at risk for PAM? I live in Illinois. Didn't get much up the nose but enough to feel it

No: VERY low risk, as it is unlikely that the amoeba is living in a municipal water supply in significant numbers, or that you inhaled it forcibly enough to force water through the cribiform plate in the skull. ...Read more

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Shooting or burning sensation in my sinus from inhaling water. What's that?

Shooting or burning sensation in my sinus from inhaling water. What's that?

Hypotonic fluid: The human body fluids all have a certain amount of salt. The fluids in the nose and sinuses have a similar concentration of salt. When plain water goes in the nose it "shocks" the tissues leading to inflammation and discomfort. This does not happen with "saline spray" which contains the ideal amount of salt. ...Read more

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What is the complications that may occur for patient with salt water inhalation syndrome after discharge from ICU?

What is the complications that may occur for patient with salt water inhalation syndrome after discharge from ICU?

Salt water: If the patient' s chest exam and x-Ray remained normal and the oxygen saturation remained normal after 24-48 hours, I wouldn't expect any major lung problems. Worsening cough, wheezing and shortness of breath, fever calls for reexamination. ...Read more

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I smoked two hookah pens...I inhaled it...It had water vapor coming out and it was flavored. Will it show up in a drug test? I'm peeing in a cup.

I smoked two hookah pens...I inhaled it...It had water vapor coming out and it was flavored. Will it show up in a drug test? I'm peeing in a cup.

Drug test: This depends on what was in your hookah pen. If it had fruit flavorings only, it will likely not show up on a drug test. However, if it had thc, nicotine, or others in it, these could show up on your drug screen if testing for those. You need to know also that these vapors can be irritating and damaging to lungs. Http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm173401.htm. ...Read more