SEATTLE — A 69-year-old woman from Seattle died from what doctors told they believe were a type of rare brain-eating amoebas.
The patient, on whom a brain surgery was conducted at Swedish Medical Center, had used tap water in order to rinse her sinuses by using a neti pot. Her doctor told Bigtime Daily that there was “amoeba all across the place which were just eating brain cells.”
A neti pot is known to be a teapot-like vessel which is used in order to flush out nasal passages. Health experts recommend only using sterile, distilled or boiled water for rinsing sinuses. The water may contain small organisms which are considered safe to drink but they may survive in your nasal passages.
These infections are known to be very rare. There were 2 similar type of cases in the U.S. from the year 2008 to 2017.
A teenager from Ohio died from a brain-eating amoeba infection soon after he visited the U.S. National Whitewater Center located in Charlotte in June 2017.
Getting to the Root of It! Lebanese Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Mohammad Waizani Explains Root Canal Treatments
Did you know that more than 15 million teeth are treated and saved every year? One of the most common treatments received are root canal treatments. At Dr. Mohammad Waizani’s clinic in Beirut, he specializes in making sure anyone who comes in with a root canal, leaves with a bright smile!
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure in which the soft center of the tooth called a ‘pulp’ is removed. The pulp is made out of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. In these cases, the pulp is infected after being exposed to bacteria that causes a lot of pain. The crown of the tooth is usually still intact despite the pulp being dead.
Root canals can be caused by several reasons such as a chip or cracked tooth, deep decay due to cavities that are left untreated, an injury to the tooth, and multiple procedures on the same tooth.
Some of the signs of root canal infections include the following:
- Constant toothache
- Heat sensation and swelling of gums
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Swollen jaw
- Discoloration of teeth
- Pain with applied pressure
Dr. Waizani explains how this surgical procedure works to remove the pulp and ensure the tooth doesn’t get infected. He starts by applying anesthetics to the gum and around the infected tooth. Next, the pulp is removed through a small opening at the top of the tooth. After the procedure is done, his patients’ recovery includes antibiotics to ensure that that infection does not flare up post-procedure. This is followed by a temporary filling.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, there is no need to panic. Contact Dr. Waizani to schedule your appointment!
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