Sippewissett, MA Superbug

01:29 Oct 1 2012 Woodneck Beach, Sippewissett, MA

Swimming on outgoing tide at Woodneck Beach in Sippewissett MA led to a 2 year ordeal with a superbug in Sinus and ears.

Little Sippewissett Marsh is an idyllic landscape bordered by old New England Cape Homes. Unfortunately, many of these homes have leaking septic systems creating a petrie dish for bacteria during the summer months in this shallow marsh.

During a lull in wind and waves, I decided to go for a swim offshore during an outgoing tide, I got way more then I bargained. Two days later I had a 104 degree fever, five days later I had a Peritonsillar Abscess and ear canals clouded up. Following intensive two weeks of antibiotics, which did little to solve the problem, I have used Chinese herbs and diet to rid myself of the organisms that got inside.

Following research, it is apparent this marsh is a melting pot or organisms that happily mingle in the still warm waters during the summer months. Sometimes there are signs indicating elevated warning levels. The day I ventured into the water there was not.
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What were your symptoms? Check all that apply:: Sinus Infection,Ear Infection,Respiratory Illness,Fever
Did you see a doctor?: Yes
If treated, what was the diagnosis and treatment?: Lanced Peritonsillar Abscess, Antibiotics, 2 years chinese herbs to rid myself.
How long after you were in the water did your illness symptoms start?: After 2 days
How many times have you been sick from the water at this beach?: One
How long did your illness last?: More than month
Will you allow Surfrider Foundation to contact you? If yes, please provide info below. This will not be shared publicly.: No

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