Medical

Have medical questions? Ask a doctor online!

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

If my water is contaminated with pathogenic microbial

Customer Question
activity, and/or parasitic life, could...
If my water is contaminated with pathogenic microbial activity, and/or parasitic life, could these things, or perhaps other toxins, eat through the plumbing sealant? Our water is leaking through every handle, of every fixture, and the rubber sealant, gaskets, and the sealant put around all crevices,cracks, and bases, of fixture to counter has also been eaten away in some way or another? There has been the reddish/pink film that comes up with the water at times, and patches around the fixtures like slimy worms of sort, in a raspberry color? The city we live in was settled in the 1600’s, and have had horrific problems with others in the downtown, low lying areas of Charleston SC. The city water Dept. gave all homeowners and leasers of homes, a 2 year window to have water tested, checked by DHEC in a much more stringent format, revealing many problems with homes that were still being fed water from the old, adobe, sealed clay, or brass/copper piping that’s over 200 years old! The worst of their findings were pathogenic toxins, high levels of metals, bacteria, fungals, sediment, and microbial activity that revealed parasitic worm infestations, and other parasitic problems that were water born species. Due to much sickness, and even a couple of deaths in the elderly, Charleston Water was forced to install brand new filtration systems to the mains, repair damaged plumbing, and begin work on removing the very old pipes. The bad thing about this, is that we didn’t move in until 2-3 years after this was over, missing out on the filtration! Our dogs have been sick, my wife and I both have been very sick, to the point of vomiting regularly, balance and confusion problems, memory issues, bladder infections, gum infections, skin sores, rashes, and night sweats that soak our clothing! Our big white lab, was drinking the city water, unfiltered, but also began vomiting, so much that she developed aspirated pneumonia! The water samples, photos of colored wormlike species, and slimy fungus, began to show on our dogs mouth, right on the bottom jaw hair, where the water had dripped over onto her coat. Seeing that, the sickness, the faucets, and leaking from loss of all gaskets, and sealing materials, and skin problems, we know something is very wrong, but what? Can anybody please give us some sort of insight into what this could be? Any help at all would be great, as the doctors are even at a loss, while trying to diagnose this problem? I’ll post a few of the photos, and hope for some sort of answers? Notice the last photo is after pouring alcohol, and CLR onto the slimy worm like things. They crystallized almost immediately, and into granulated pieces that are mostly white, and some green, a big change! Thank you very much, Feel free to text 843-957/7530 Desperately seeking help into a discovery of our problems? Pearce & Erica and our dogs
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Medical
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Answered in 36 minutes by:
3/7/2018
Doctor: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 5,762
Experience: 20 Years in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Sports Medicine
Verified

Hello. It does appear that something is leaking through the sealants. Water itself will eventually work its way through sealants that are not applied properly or are dessicated. If the water is contaminated with organisms or toxins these will come out as well. It's a shame your water department is not more carefully regulated. These types of issues can usually be avoided, and prevention costs far less than clean up!

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It's that out city was burned down by the great earthquake of
https://goo.gl/qUA2sc
1886 Charleston earthquake - Wikipedia
What could these pink organisms be, they have a distinct head that's like a diamond shape, w two eyes, a mouth area, and a extended rod from the bodies? Do you have no idea, just saying something about the sealant is all you've got? Yes, I'm aware that they should be coming out to test properly, and the remedy the problems. But that's not ofmuch value, or help, seeing that your answer is much like common sense, not doctors sense? Thanks anyway though, the
Doctor: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

You're welcome, of course, but can you provide a picture of the organism that shows these features that you describe? All you have here are a few images of the slime coming out of the pipes. Where are the organisms? Can you really make out two eyes? Are you seeing them under a microscope? You need to give me more information if you want me to help you.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a doctorLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Family Physician Your Own Question
Family Physician
Family Physician
Family Physician, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2,592
2,592 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Family Physician is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,788 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

Dr. David

Dr. David

Board Certified Physician

224 satisfied customers

Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications

Dr. D. Love

Dr. D. Love

Doctor

18,060 satisfied customers

Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Doctor

16,284 satisfied customers

20 yrs. in practice, including surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor

14,060 satisfied customers

MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist

< Previous | Next >

Related Medical Questions
Gastroenterologist, an immune system specialist, OR a
This question is for a gastroenterologist, an immune system specialist, OR a pathologist. Since September of 2017, I've been suffering from rectal bleeding, tenesmus, diarreah, weakness, etc. In Janua… read more
Connie Pennington
Connie Pennington
Colon & Rectal Surgeon
565 satisfied customers
Ali -we washed a pair of shoes that I had used extensively
For Dr. Ali -we washed a pair of shoes that I had used extensively for gardening, and there was still some dirt on the treads when they were put in the dryer. DO I NEED TO WORRY IN ANY WAY ABOUT DIRT … read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
8,615 satisfied customers
OCD big problem: The trigger: two weeks ago I was dropping
OCD big problem: The trigger: two weeks ago I was dropping stuff off at Goodwill Industries and using their disposal bin in the alley. I didn't realize it was the same disposal bin the SPCA in back us… read more
Anthony Bray, MD
Anthony Bray, MD
Doctoral Degree
9,226 satisfied customers
Does spinal pain gives the same thing on all head functions
does spinal pain gives the same thing on all head functions and in body if you stimulate it? Or do i need to avoid it? the inflammation is different. They say no pain no gain, but does it count for br… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
975 satisfied customers
I feel a lot unseeable "bugs" on my skin, and i found some
I feel a lot unseeable "bugs" on my skin, and i found some egg like things with microscope, i like you to identify them , can you do that please?… read more
Anthony Bray, MD
Anthony Bray, MD
Doctoral Degree
9,226 satisfied customers
My daughter is 17. Just after the New Year she started
My daughter is 17. Just after the New Year she started having health problems. Physical problems included pains in her feet, knees, hips and eyes, headaches, feeling sick, and worst of all fatigue. Sh… read more
Dr Uzair
Dr Uzair
FCPS (R) General Surgery
M.B.,B.S. FCPS
3,831 satisfied customers
I have a GI question relative to gallbladder problems. GB
Hi I have a GI question relative to gallbladder problems. GB has recently been removed (was @ 1% functionality) but still having nausea, belching, low blood sugar problems, jitteriness, lethargy, no a… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,217 satisfied customers
I just consumed plaice for dinner ( fish)...the fillet was
I just consumed plaice for dinner (white fish)...the fillet was cooked in the oven for 30 mins in aluminum foil (to sort of poach it)....i got half way through before I realised the bottom layer was a… read more
jbmd
jbmd
physician
M.D.
506 satisfied customers
My Mom has Chills, Explosive Diarreah, joint pain, abdominal
My Mom has Chills, Explosive Diarreah, joint pain, abdominal pain extreme fatigue, An overall sense that whatever is wrong with her is taking over her body. The Diarreah started just before Thanksgivi… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,842 satisfied customers
My 15 year old daughter keeps getting a protrusion of the
My 15 year old daughter keeps getting a protrusion of the right side of her chest wall. It is like a hard lump or hump, rather large in size when it happens, but there is no pain associated with it. (… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Medical Doctor
5,762 satisfied customers
I live in Manhattan and, rather astonishingly, cannot find
I live in Manhattan and, rather astonishingly, cannot find an M.D. willing or able to treat me for a number of parasitic infections I know I have and that are dangerous to the point of being life-thre… read more
Expert
Expert
What is the incubation time and median time for onset of
What is the incubation time and median time for onset of symptoms for Naegleria fowleri induced PAM? The CDC says initial symptoms start 1-7 days after exposure; I'm assuming they're the authority? I … read more
Dr-G
Dr-G
Post-Doctoral Degree
61 satisfied customers
I has an overflow of sewer in my mobile home, located in a
I has an overflow of sewer in my mobile home, located in a mobile home park. The refused to do sewage clean-up so essentially did the cleanup by ourselves. No capet removed, walls had approx 4 inches … read more
DrRussMD
DrRussMD
Board Certified Physician
51,788 satisfied customers
We live in central NC and after reading the article about
We live in central NC and after reading the article about the guy dying in LA from contaminated tap water while using a netti pot I am concerned. My wife is breastfeeding and today noticed some conden… read more
Dr-G
Dr-G
Post-Doctoral Degree
61 satisfied customers
I have an 8 yr old pommerian. I have noticed over the last
I have an 8 yr old pommerian. I have noticed over the last few weeks, that after she has been laying down, shen she goes to get up, it is very hard for her to get up on her hind legs. After she is up,… read more
Expert
Expert
This is to "okay I'll send you a sample of my larvae..." I
this is to "okay I'll send you a sample of my larvae..." I would so like to talk to you as it seems you are having similar problems as my fiance' and I...it's been going since May; rash, scabs, can ac… read more
Expert
Expert
Do Ascaris Lumbricoides Tropical Roundworms excrete toxins
Do Ascaris Lumbricoides Tropical Roundworms excrete toxins into their human hosts, in particular copper?… read more
T Khan
T Khan
Family Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
1,095 satisfied customers
I have 4 cats, all of which are indoor-outdoor cats. We have
I have 4 cats, all of which are indoor-outdoor cats. We have a litter box in the house they all use, which I clean every night. For the past 6 months or more I've suffered with "small brown spots" on … read more
Dr. Natasha
Dr. Natasha
7,913 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x