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My 24-year-old son had a sore throat for several days. Testing showed that it was not strep throat or the flu. Now the sore throat has eased, but he has a lot of congestion in his ears. He had sinus surgery in December and is not allowed to blow his nose. He also has a headache, which is not unusual for him; he has been dealing with headaches for nearly a year now without a firm diagnosis (neurological tests and other treatments have ruled out serious things like brain tumors and aneurysms, and his ENT also does not think his sinus problems caused the headaches). He thinks his current headaches are different into related to the congestion. I have tried to convince him that he simply has a cold, but he is terrified that this is a manifestation of the Balamuthia mandrillaris amoeba. He read about this amoeba last year, and cannot let go of the possibility that his problems are an early stage of the amoeba, which several articles say can be in the body for up to two years before it causes encephalitis and kills the person. So he thinks that every new manifestation of any kind of health problem means that the amoeba is progressing to a more serious stage. What do you think his congestion and ear problems signify?
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 7 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 7 months ago

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 7 months ago

I think his sore throat is classic for a sinus infection from normal bacteria or viruses

the drainage is causing it

I see about 10,000 of these per year and have never seen an amoeba

Highly doubtful

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
But what about his ears?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 7 months ago

It is part of the whole process

same thing

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 7 months ago

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