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

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

Yes: Giardia lives in freshwater streams and has been reported in colorado. However, giardia is not present in every river. Signs of giardiasis included bloating and diarrhea. It can be tested in stool samples and when the diagnosis is in doubt endoscopy can be performed. Giardia if present can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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

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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Hey today I fell in a river, a dirty one with rotten fish everywhere, and I swallowed a fair amount of water, will i be ok? Qua bacteria and stuff

Hey today I fell in a river, a dirty one with rotten fish everywhere, and I swallowed a fair amount of water, will i be ok? Qua bacteria and stuff

Probably low risk: This certainly sounds unpleasant, and there may be a risk of infection, especially if the river is contaminated with human waste. But most such events don't cause any problem and there's not much that can be done now. Be on the alert for symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If none of these in the next few days, don't worry about it. ...Read more

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When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

Pool water: If the pool is properly maintained and the water properly treated, the liklihood of serious illness is minimal. If non-toilet trained infants/children are swimming, transmission of giardiasis, cryptosporidium and enteroviruses (echo virus and coxsackie virus) all causes of diarrheal illness is possible. ...Read more

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I went swimming today and may have swallowed some water. Since then, I've felt some fatigue(which is normal)and some stomaches(not normal), am I okay?

I went swimming today and may have swallowed some water. Since then, I've felt some fatigue(which is normal)and some stomaches(not normal), am I okay?

Get checked: Get a quick check up. if the water gets into your lungs, it could cause some injury which can affect your breathing and your oxygenation. And the fatigue may be an early symptom.
Getting checked in an urgent care center or emergency room is the best thing to do so you can prevent getting into worse problems. Tell your parents soon. ...Read more

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Headache after swimming swallowed some chlorine water, 8 yr old?

Headache after swimming swallowed some chlorine water, 8 yr old?

Swimming headache: Not sure if chlorine water ingestion is the cause of the headache. If it is, observe, have him rest, given Acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If it is caused by another reason and not severe, the above approach should help as well. ...Read more

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I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now
 I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

Time: There is nothing special to do for small volume salt water inhalation. Salt water can be irritating but your body/lungs and throat will be fine in a few hours. ...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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How risky is it to drink river water?

It is a risk.: The risk depends on what river you are drinking from. If it was the cuyahoga river in cleveland I would worry. If it was a river in glacier national park, I would drink it. ...Read more

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Are there dangers of swimming in a river with sewage in?

Are there dangers of swimming in a river with sewage in?

Bad idea: Swimmers in sewage-polluted water could contract any illness that is spread by ingestion. Be careful. ...Read more

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In terms of pathogens, is it safer for kids to swim in a public pool or fresh water such as a river?

In terms of pathogens, is it safer for kids to swim in a public pool or fresh water such as a river?

Pool: At least a public pool has chlorine in the water to suppress germ growth. I'm not fond of baby wading pools that permit kids in diapers free access. The river or lake has animal poo full of germs and parasites. ...Read more

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Went swimming at the river and got bit by something and it swelled up and feels hot tried taking benadrill but it is still swelled up?

Went swimming at the river and got bit by something and it swelled up and feels hot tried taking benadrill but it is still swelled up?

Med eval: You could have an infection. You may need tetanus shot (every 10 years) and you may need medical treatment if infected. ...Read more

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What can result from tubing or swimming in a river that is by a city that is possibly polluted?

What can result from tubing or swimming in a river that is by a city that is possibly polluted?

Waterborne diseases: There is a possibility of waterborne chemicals, bacteria, parasites and viruses if the water is polluted. That can lead to infection or other health problems. ...Read more

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Hello, my family and I went swimming in the American River last weekend and my son has bumps on him that looks like bug bites. They are really itchy and the bumps are raised. Some bumps are close together and some are not. Each day for the pass wee

Hello, my family and I went swimming in the American River last weekend and my son has bumps on him that looks like bug bites. They are really itchy and the bumps are raised. Some bumps are close together and some are not. Each day for the pass wee

Swimmer's itch?: Or seabather's eruption. Both are similar in many respects, they cause red itchy bumps that may become vesicular, "small blisters". Treatment is focused on symptom control with antihistamines, anti itch lotions and topical steroids, with severe eruption oral steroids may be required. Spontaneous resolution often follows. ...Read more

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Can salt water and alchohol baths help with river blindness infection?

Can salt water and alchohol baths help with river blindness infection?

I don't think so: If I had onchocerciasis, I would opt for oral Ivermectin or possibly doxycycline. I wouldn't bank on saline/alcohol baths doing the trick. ...Read more

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Can salt water and alcohol baths help with a river blindness infection?

Can salt water and alcohol baths help with a river blindness infection?

No: Onchoceriasis, or River Blindness, is caused by a parasite that is treated with antibiotics. Baths have no role in the treatment. ...Read more

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Two days ago I got a lot of water in my nose roughhousing with family in the Saint Lawrence river in New York. Can I have the brain eating amoeba?

Two days ago I got a lot of water in my nose roughhousing with family in the Saint Lawrence river in New York. Can I have the brain eating amoeba?

Very unlikely: There were no case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in New York state between 1962–2016 ...Read more

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Rash on my stomach that is raised red patches almost like red bumps, but are more patchy. Began after running by river & city water got weird smell.

Rash on my stomach that is raised red patches almost like red bumps, but are more patchy. Began after running by river & city water got weird smell.

Superficial skin: Infection? Strange that not entering the water or river could give you enough contact or exsposure to cause enough irritation on the skin to start infection. Or maybe this was a chemical irritant? But then you would think it should also be on any exposed skin. You need to see if it clears on its own. An OTC steriod cream might help. ...Read more