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Does Naegleria Fowleri survive in tap water heaters that are chlorinated?

Does Naegleria Fowleri survive in  tap water heaters that are chlorinated?

Should not if: properly cholrinated. "Naegleria fowleri can grow in public and private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes and water heaters of homes and buildings." REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/tap-faucet-water.html ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ocean (Definition)

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Indoor air pollution. How helpful is a hepa filter?

Indoor air pollution.  How helpful is a hepa filter?

Great: Hepa filters are one of the best filters. Use according to room size. They are great. ...Read more

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Are there any risks while pregnant to swim in chlorine pool, lakes, creeks, ocean, etc?

Are there any risks while pregnant to swim in chlorine pool, lakes, creeks, ocean, etc?

Yes: I agree that swimming is wonderful exercise for pregnant swimmers. However, our world's water is not as clean as it once was. Here is a site with lots of information about recreational use, risks, hygienic issues, safety of pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, etc: http://www.Cdc.Gov/healthywater/swimming/index.Html also heed local health department alerts about toxins, infections, outbreaks of illness. ...Read more

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Do water filters really help trapped pollutants in tap water?

Do water filters really help trapped pollutants in tap water?

Not in NYC: The water in nyc is so good that filters are a waste of money. And they probably remove healthy electrolytes (will have to check on google to be sure). ...Read more

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How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

How high is the air pollution in indoor parking garages and toll booths?

Higher: Very high, if you are in la. Parking garages of course also higher. ...Read more

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Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Odds of brain eating amoeba inf from neti pot using brita pitcher water?

Not likely: This actually is an interesting question. There are no guarantees in life and you could get an amoeba at any time. However, it would be really unlikely with first potable and then filtered water. I would assume you are using clean municipal water and then extra filtering it with Brita. So, the risk is low, but there are just no guarantees: nothing in medicine is ever 100% ...Read more

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How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

Not good: For most of the year Beijing has an air pollution index which would be unacceptable in the US. Chinese are willing to put up with it as a sign of progress and the fact that they are earning a living. There will be a burden of disease in the long run which will be tragic. ...Read more

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Why can Naegleria Fowleri survive in chlorinated tap water? It survived ok Louisiana tap water. Does chloramine kill it?

Why can Naegleria Fowleri survive in chlorinated tap water? It survived ok Louisiana tap water. Does chloramine kill it?

Under disinfected: Sometimes the level of disinfectant decreases due to pipes on land and warmer conditions and then Naegleria can survive but you cannot be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water. Water utilities can have the disinfectant raised but it may cause a strong chemical taste or smell. ...Read more

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Could people with seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Could people with seafood allergy swim in the ocean?

Enjoy your swim: Sensible people always swim with a partner, you can bring your medication just as you would if you were going to dine out, and if you start getting sick, do what you must. I've never heard of this being a problem. ...Read more

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Could indoor air pollution from animal poop harm you if you inhale it?

Could indoor air pollution from animal poop harm you if you inhale it?

Potentially: that is why it is recommended that litter boxes not be placed where there are vents. ...Read more

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Ocean premium saline nasal spray ok for kids?

Ocean premium saline nasal spray ok for kids?

One of many: There are many balanced nasal, saline products available. I find an ample supply of generics at the dollar store. Most are equivalent in effectiveness. ...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: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/state-map.html ...Read more

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Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

No: Cooling water does nothing for removing chemical or biological contaminants. If the water sits overnight, larger particles may drop to the bottom, but the water will not be purified. For that one needs a filtration/ purification system, depending on what contaminants/pollutants are present. Have the water tested to find out what it contains & then contact experts for treatment. ...Read more

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Is seafood sold outdoors in cities like paris safe?

Is seafood sold outdoors in cities like paris safe?

Probably: Seafood in major cities in first world countries is almost certainly safe. In the third world, you might run a risk. ...Read more

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Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Lice Don't Swim: Head lice live only on human beings. Can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or towel of infected person or by close contact. May crawl or fall onto clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, pool.Don't survive off body >24hr.Anyone can get lice despite frequent hairwashing. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice in about 1 week. Do not carry other diseases, no lasting health consequences. ...Read more

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Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

Live in condo. Neighbors smoke. Furnace pulls air from outside. Smell cigarette smoke about once a day coming from furnace vent. How harmful to baby?

No harm: We humans are not that fragile (otherwise, we would have gone extinct long ago). A baby born today will grow up surrounded by trace amounts of industrial/chemical contaminants in the air, water, ground, food, etc. There is no useful way to identify these contaminants or what their effects are. Yet, kids grow up fine. Some companies do make HEPA air filters for heating and air conditioning systems. ...Read more