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Would I be in any health risk after drinking a fountain soft drink that had a large...

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thelamb | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 27, 2008 at 12:16 AM via web

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Would I be in any health risk after drinking a fountain soft drink that had a large chunk of phelgm inside. 

What if any diseases would I be subject to? Should I have any test done? I am waiting for my doctor to call me back.

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isaxgrl | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM (Answer #2)

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you could potentially be subject to any disease carried by saliva or sputum. These could be a cold, the flu, TB. But, that assumes the phlegm was infectious. It could have been pathogen free. I hope all was well--and you only suffered from being grossed out.

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 6, 2009 at 10:15 PM (Answer #3)

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There are some risks involved in drinking a fountain drink with  someone else's phlegm.  Phlegm is mucus that contains a variety of bacteria, viruses or other germs, which in turn can transmit a variety of diseases. Respiratory diseases such as flu, cold, and oral infections could be transmitted. The state of your own immune system is another factor which could inhibit infection. It may be wise to talk this over with a doctor, wait a week to see if any symptoms appear, and then get tested according to your doctors wishes. An unmediated mouth antiseptic could be helpful next time. The human body, particularly the digestive system, is equipped with many helpful bacteria which would deter the chances of infection. Keep all this in mind wait and see what the doctor says! Good Luck.

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