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How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

Depends: As an outdoorsman of 40+ years, i see a lot of bad advice about making water safe. The cdc's official advice is this: at low altitudes boil vigorously for 1 minute. At altitudes greater than 6, 562 feet (>2, 000 m), boil for 3 minutes, or use chemical disinfection after it has been boiled for 1 minute. Because boiled water is bland and tasteless, add a pinch of salt to make it more palatable. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

How long do I have to boil water for it to be safe to drink?

Reaches a boil: Once it reaches a rolling boil then give it 1 minute. That is the recommendation to kill any pathogens that would cause you harm. ...Read more

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What to do if I have MRSA , how long will it take to get better?

Need more info: Where is the mrsa. Are you a so called colonizer? Do you have frequent cellulitis? And how did you know you have mrsa? ...Read more

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How much water does it take to get water poisoning. How much would you have to drink in under an hour?

How much water does it take to get water poisoning. How much would you have to drink in under an hour?

Wanting to Die: None of the doctors here are interested in helping you hurt yourself. I am sorry, but every single one of us here, staff included believe you have a reason to live and that it really is possible to find that reason. But, you will not find here any help in hurting yourself. How about getting to bed tonight and finding a new way to deal with your problems tomorrow? ...Read more

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What to do if I drank a monster energy drink how long do I have to wait to breastfeed?

What to do if I drank a monster energy drink how long do I have to wait to breastfeed?

8 hours, pump&dumpx1: Most drug concentrations peak within a few hours in breast milk. Foods usually will reach the baby by about 6 hours after ingestion. You should avoid excessive caffeine while breastfeeding, so a cup of tea or coffee in the AM is ok, but baby will get the caffeine around early afternoon. Large amounts of caffeine are not good for you or baby. ...Read more

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If I have well water on my property, how do you know it is ok to drink after an earthquake?

If I have well water on my property, how do you know it is ok to drink after an earthquake?

Get it tested: By a reputable lab for trace elements that can be poisonous (like Sulfur or hydrocarbons - oil), or contaminants like pesticides or heavy metals (or even radioactivity) depending on what is buried nearby. Only a reputable lab can determine if your water is safe to drink; smell alone won't tell if there are smaller concentration of chemicals, some of which are odorless. ...Read more

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How long do you have to touch hot plastic to cause burns and how hot does it need to be?

How long do you have to touch hot plastic to cause burns and how hot does it need to be?

Quickly: The biggest problem is plastic melts and sticks no norms exist for plastic burns but the following for water tells a lot: hot water causes third degree burns… …in 1 second at 156º …in 2 seconds at 149º …in 5 seconds at 140º …in 15 seconds at 133º the very young and elderly are more suceptable. ...Read more

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When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the hurricane?

When and how much bleach do I add to my tap water to make it safe after the hurricane?

Bleach in tap water: I commend you for your concern about safety of tap water after Hurricane

Use regular household bleach (do not use scented ones or any with added cleaners).

Add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water, stir and let stand for a half hour.

The water should have a faint bleach odor, If it doesn’t, then add another 1/8 teaspoon and let stand another 15 minutes. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

10 min: Boiling water at 160 degrees fahrenheit for 10 min will do the job of killing off giardia. ...Read more

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If so how long will it take to cath myself and how often do I need to use it?

If so how long will it take to cath myself and how often do I need to use it?

? Original question: Your question is obviously follow up to an original question about self catheterization. ...Read more

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How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

It depends: It depends on what is wrong with the water. If you are worried about a minor contamination, bringing the water to a boil and holding it at a boil for 5 minutes should be sufficient. Certain parasites may take longer to be eradicated. ...Read more

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Hello. I had wanted to know if it's safe to heat up prune juice on stove top or microwave to make it more warm and for how long. ?

Hello. I had wanted to know if it's safe to heat up prune juice on stove top or microwave to make it more warm and for how long. ?

Yes ....: ... it is safe. Either method is ok, but it's best to avoid boiling. How long depends on how cold it is when you start: if taking bottle from the fridge, you probably need to pour out a glass, and heat at least a minute, but perhaps at 60-80% reduced power. Stove top ok, but seemingly more work. It is a great idea to enhance fiber in diet and stimulate a bowel movement. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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When flying, how much water should I drink and how often should I get up to stretch?

Every 2 hours.: For a young person, drinking one glass of water and stretching every two hours is a common recommendation. For all, especially older persons, being on one baby Aspirin (81 mg) a day is also a good idea. ...Read more

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Hot water burn blister popped. What should I do so it doesn't get infected and gets healed quick? How long will it take to heal?

Hot water burn blister popped. What should I do so it doesn't get infected and gets healed quick? How long will it take to heal?

Local wound care: Local wound care usually involves washing with a gentle soap and water twice daily, applying antibiotic ointment and monitoring for signs of infection. Increased redness, swelling and pain, especially when combined with the appearance of pus indicates an infection which should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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I was wondering how long will it take for acid reflux/gerd to heal and how will i know if im able to eat the foods that i use to eat again or will i?

I was wondering how long will it take for acid reflux/gerd to heal and how will i know if im able to eat the foods that i use to eat again or will i?

GERD: Typically patient will take an antacid like PPI for 1-2 months to see if symptoms subside. Change in diet may help also. Once pt feeling better you can consider stopping medication and starting to eat some of the offending foods, but as baby steps. ...Read more

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As a vegan, how much vitamin b-12 do I need to take and what we will happen to me if i don't get enough?

As a vegan, how much vitamin b-12 do I need to take and what we will happen to me if i don't get enough?

Get plenty of it: If you have become a vegan out of concern for factory-farmed animals, you have my admiration and congratulations. You also need to know that the health benefits are massively exaggerated by many of its proponents. If you spend even a short time b12-deficient, you will get permanent brain and spinal cord damage. Your personal physician can guide you in selecting the optimal dose; you can't overdose. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to remove e.Coli contaminants?

How long do I need to boil water to remove e.Coli contaminants?

5 minutes: Nearly all organisms will die in boiling water for 5 min. Longer boiling may be needed at high altitudes. ...Read more

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How long do I have to walk when im pregnant.. and would it be safe to run...

How long do I have to walk when im pregnant.. and would it be safe to run...

Both ok: Either is ok unless you have some high risk pregnancy issues. Walking or running is great for the cardiovascular suite as long as you feel well ...Read more

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What to do if i did the salt and ice challenge, how can I make it heal quicker?

What to do if i did the salt and ice challenge, how can I make it heal quicker?

Really bad idea: Your skin is injured from excess temperature. It has inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) may help.. Avoid further damage by using protective dressings if skin is open and minimize further trauma. A visit to a doc is probably a good idea. ...Read more