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Why every time I get out of shower not hot ..warm almost cold water..I have a red looking rash top forehead to nose and cheeks? Sometimes during day.

Why every time I get out of shower not hot ..warm almost cold water..I have a red looking rash top forehead to nose and cheeks? Sometimes during day.

Rash: It may be something you are exposed to or a release of histamine. It may be related to your medication. Taking a picture and showing it to your doctor would help. ...Read more

Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more


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The water system in my state tested positive for Naegleria fowleri aomeba. This isn't the first time. Is it risky to shower without a nose clip?

The water system in my state tested positive for Naegleria fowleri aomeba. This isn't the first time. Is it risky to shower without a nose clip?

Naegleria fowleri: Naegleria fowleri is most often found in warm lakes, rivers, hot springs, warm water discharged from industrial plans,& poorly chlorinated or un-chlorinated pools. “Naegleria fowleri can grow in public & private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes & water heaters of homes & buildings. “ ...Read more

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Almost the same time every year I get a pimple under the skin on center of my nose, or bridge I think it's called. For around 3 years every august, I drink lots of water (several bottles a day) I'd think that along with exercise should prevent big pimpl

Almost the same time every year I get a pimple under the skin on center of my nose,  or bridge I think it's called.  For around 3 years every august, I drink lots of water (several bottles a day) I'd think that along with exercise should prevent big pimpl

Exercise no help: in acne prevention, but of course it's good for your body, as is water! If this is the only one you get, just keep the pores open by applying hot washcloth every morning and evening for a few minutes and if the pimple comes, use some salicylic acid acne preparation to dry it up. If it really bothers you, a laser treatment could kill the bacteria that is causing the pimple. ...Read more

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Can you get n fowleri from shower water? I accidentally got some water in my nose while showering and I'm extremely concerned! Only a small amount H2O

Can you get n fowleri from shower water? I accidentally got some water in my nose while showering and I'm extremely concerned! Only a small amount H2O

No worries: In real life, a Naegleria fowleri infection does not happen that way... unless you are the unluckiest person on the planet. So, no worries. ...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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Nose bleed for past 3 days before/in shower. Seems to happen when my face gets warm or when I'm cleaning my face with water. It lasts about 5 minutes?

Nose bleed for past 3 days before/in shower. Seems to happen when my face gets warm or when I'm cleaning my face with water. It lasts about 5 minutes?

Usually over-dry: This usually happens when your nose has been unusually dry or irritated by allergies or sinus infection. In the shower, the warm water causes the blood vessels to dilate inside your nose, and then bleed. Usually this will subside with a gentle saline mist several times a day, with a product like 'Simply Saline' over the counter. If it persists more than 2 weeks, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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N fowleri- got a bit of tap water in nose- but blew it out multiple times, is it possible to blow too hard and it goes back up nose?

N fowleri- got a bit of tap water in nose- but blew it out multiple times, is it possible to blow too hard and it goes back up nose?

N. fowleri: There have only been eight case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in the state of Arizona from 1962 to 2016. So this is incredibly rare. It is extraordinarily rare for it to be in municiple water systems. You will like be fine. ...Read more

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While taking a shower on Monday night I got a little water up my nose. I live in NY. Our water comes is municipal water. Should I see my doctor?

While taking a shower on Monday night I got a little water up my nose. I live in NY. Our water comes is municipal water. Should I see my doctor?

Water in nose: Shower water entering the nose should not pose a big problem. I doubt your doctor would recommend any intervention. ...Read more

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While taking a shower on Monday a little water got up my nose. Should I be worried about Naegleria fowleri? I live in NY and our water is municipal.

While taking a shower on Monday a little water got up my nose. Should I be worried about Naegleria fowleri? I live in NY and our water is municipal.

Not to worry.: Between 1962 & 2016 there have been no case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in the state of New York. ...Read more

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Water eyes with itching in corners continuosly ,drippy nose. clear..no color. Few times woke up with dry gluey sensation in corners, drywrinklyskin?

Water eyes with itching in corners continuosly ,drippy nose.  clear..no color.  Few times woke up with dry gluey sensation in 
corners, drywrinklyskin?

Rhinitis: This could be an allergic, non-allergic acute or chronic rhinitis condition, but difficult to tell with limited information. You should probably see an opthalmologist to check your eyes out thoroughly and possibly see an otolaryngologist for nasal/sinus issues. ...Read more

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If n fowleri was present in tap water (unlikely I know), would simply getting it in your nose from the shower be enough to infect?

If n fowleri was present in tap water (unlikely I know), would simply getting it in your nose from the shower be enough to infect?

N. Fowleri: There have been 8 case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Arizona between 1962 and 2016. It is extremely rare. The reference shows the number of cases of PAM related to potable water exposure - very, very few. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/graphs.html ...Read more

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In detroit area, on city water, worried about naegleria fowleri - picked my nose in shower trying to get mucus out. Heard it can live in water heaters

In detroit area, on city water, worried about naegleria fowleri - picked my nose in shower trying to get mucus out. Heard it can live in water heaters

Feel calm.: There are no case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri occuring in Michigan between 1962 & 2016. REF: REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/state-map.html ...Read more

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2month baby.Sneezes several times during the day. Sometimes sneezes consecutively 2, 3 times.No running nose except crying water from 1side nose.Cold?

2month baby.Sneezes several times during the day. Sometimes sneezes consecutively 2, 3 times.No running nose except crying water from 1side nose.Cold?

Normal: Babies that age can only breathe through their noses so this behavior is normal to keep breathing. It is not a cold or anything else. Do not worry. If the nose is clogged only do one side at a time, but put a few drops of saline, you might try baby ayr, into the nostril and place a bulb syringe for a baby all the way into the nostril, collapsed at first the uncollapse and withdraw. ...Read more

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Ear feels blocked with water when i blow my nose it pops is it my sinuses ear feels blocked most of the time?

Ear feels blocked with water when i blow my nose it pops is it my sinuses  ear feels blocked most of the time?

Eustachian tube : The eustachian tube allows mucus to drain from the middle ear to the throat.It opens occasionally, permitting air to enter the middle ear, which is what is happening when you blow your nose.The tube can be narrowed by irritants, allergens or infection, causing a build up of fluid in your ears. The sinus cavities are physically separate but can be affected by the same process. ...Read more

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What's chances of N Fowleri from water up nose in shower as I've been having mild headaches and I've also been on Keflex for other issues?

What's chances of N Fowleri from water up nose in shower as I've been having mild headaches and I've also been on Keflex for other issues?

Unlikely: Unless your shower water comes untreated from a pond, lake, river, or hot spring. Even then, pretty rare. There have only been 30 cases in the USA since 2001. ...Read more

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I was in the shower and looked up and a bunch of water went through my nose by accident. Should I be worried about brain infection or damage?

I was in the shower and looked up and a bunch of water went through my nose by accident. Should I be worried about brain infection or damage?

Don't worry: Have you heard of Neti pots? Many people clean out their sinuses daily using warm water poured out of Neti pots into their noses. ...Read more

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Water went up my nose when i looked up in shower for a few seconds. Should I be worried it went to my brain or will cause some kind of infection?

Water went up my nose when i looked up in shower for a few seconds. Should I be worried it went to my brain or will cause some kind of infection?

No: Short answers is no. First the water would have to have a large number of pathogen capable of do this, these are not in your water. Second, the water would have to be forced up you nostrils with a large for to get to and damage the cribiform plate. Third, most people that get brain infects are immune compromised. ...Read more

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Yesterday i woke up with a stuffy nose then it started to dripped like water all day and sneezing 5 or 6 times in a row today same thing less drainage?

Yesterday i woke up with a stuffy nose then it started to dripped like water all day and sneezing 5 or 6 times in a row today same thing less drainage?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! ck w/doc to see if yo have the flu. Xlear is used to keep it from becoming a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore spread if I wash my face? I get one on the columella of my nose. If I shower/wash my face, will it spread by water?

Can a cold sore spread if I wash my face? I get one on the columella of my nose. If I shower/wash my face, will it spread by water?

Possible: Good question and the answer is yes. However alot lower if washing that act is removing the virus and the cells that get infected. Now touching your face after the sore would be a mechanism of spread. ...Read more

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I had a septoplasty & endoscopic surgery this past tues.My nose is runny stuffy and have a gauze.Can i shower? Can water go in nose using salinex

I had a septoplasty & endoscopic surgery this past tues.My nose is runny stuffy and have a gauze.Can i shower? Can water go in  nose using salinex

Information: If you have pcking ion the nose it is best not to get it wet. So turn you head away from the shower jet. It would be best to speak with your surgeon regarding what he advises for routine post op care. Generally I do not allow my patients do do anything with the nose for at least one week post op. ...Read more

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N Fowleri- Online said it can be found in tap water, is this true? Would getting a bit of water in the nose from a shower cause infection? Worried!

N Fowleri- Online said it can be found in tap water, is this true?  Would getting a bit of water in the nose from a shower cause infection?  Worried!

Not from tap water: The so-called brain eating amoebae are a problem if one gets into a pond or lake that has the organisms in it. There are no known cases of infection from tap water in the US.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Naegleria fowleri Is in our municipal water, took a shower but covered nose well. Is it possible to get this through the ear? I did get water in ears.

Naegleria fowleri Is in our municipal water, took a shower but covered nose well. Is it possible to get this through the ear? I did get water in ears.

Amebic encephalitis: ...due to Naegleria is very rare. It's not transmitted via the ears, only nose and sinuses. Anyway, I'm sure you haven't been exposed. Given Louisiana's climate, N fowleri could exist in water supplies like lakes or reservoirs, but it cannot survive standard purification methods (filtration, chorination, etc). I'm sure no water coming into any homes or public buildings is contaminated. No worries. ...Read more

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