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Dr. James Ferguson
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How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Boil (Definition)

Boil is also known as Abscess. Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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I have bought a sinus rinse, how long do I need to boil the water in my kettle to kill of any potentially harmful bacteria. ?

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I have bought a sinus rinse,  how long do I need to boil the water in my kettle to kill of any potentially harmful bacteria. ?

Sinus rinse: you could consider buying distilled water for this purpose ...Read more

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Dr. Miriam Sivkin
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Got back from india. Was in water. Do I need tests for giardiasis?

Dr. Miriam Sivkin
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Got back from india. Was in water. Do I need tests for giardiasis?

Yes: Need to be tested for many organisms. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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The water in the river looks clean, can I still catch giardiasis if I drink it?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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The water in the river looks clean, can I still catch giardiasis if I drink it?

Yes: If a cow or racoon(or camper) did his/her poopy up stream there is the possibility that microscopic giardia cysts were part of that load.Boil the water for ten minutes & avoid the risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Ashley Peterson
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I was swimming in a river and accidently swallowed some water, am I risk for giardiasis?

Dr. Ashley Peterson
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I was swimming in a river and accidently swallowed some water, am I risk for giardiasis?

Usually not: Just because you swam somewhere doesn't mean you will get giardia. It is a parasite and is acquired by swallowing it (contaminated food or water). The symptoms ate gas, cramping pain, and on and off diarrhea. ...Read more

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

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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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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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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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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How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

Dr. Francis Kempf
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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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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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What is the reason that cleaning nebs with vinegar/water is no longer recommended? (pls correct me if wrong) references/links? What is best (not boil)

Not strong enough.: Vinegar is not strong enough to kill the bacteria that are now found in many nebulizers. Recommended methods include boiling or microwaving for 5 minutes, soaking in a solution of 1 part bleach and 50 parts water for 3 minutes, soaking in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes, and soaking in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes. Always follow the nebulizer maker's recommendations, however. ...Read more

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