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Hi - I was swimming in Lake Travis, near Austin TX this past

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Hi - I was swimming in Lake Travis, near Austin TX this past weekend... I went under and tilted my head back for some reason, and water went rushing up my nose. I am now terrified that I have exposed myself to N. Fowleri and am wondering if there is any type of preventative measures to take.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. R. Bora replied 11 months ago.

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Did you notice any abnormal symptoms after the swim like "changes in taste and smell, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck?".

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I do have a mild headache, but that is not unusual for me. My neck does feel a little stiff, but I went floating on the river on Sunday, and I assumed the slightly stiff neck was from that (holding my head up while leaning back in the tube...). No changes in taste or smell and no nausea

Dr. R. Bora :

Alright. Your concern is genuine but I would like to highlight that meningoencephalitis caused by N. fowleri is very very rare with only a few reported cases till date.

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Moreover, your symptoms do not sound like you have been infected by the protos as symptoms appear generally between 5 to 7 days.

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However, if you develop stiff neck, you can get a spinal fluid analysis done to look for N. fowleri.

Customer:

Ok - Will that show up in spinal fluid this early (3 days after exposure)?

Dr. R. Bora :

no, that will take at least one week to show up.

Customer:

Ok. Thank you!

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Newer tests are becoming available that use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to detect amoebic DNA in spinal fluid earlier than a week, may be in 4 to 5 days after exposure but the test is expensive.

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So, if you are really anxious you can try the PCR DNA test of spinal fluid analysis.

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