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Doctor insights on: Adequate H1n1 Antibodies After Infection

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Is a negative HIV person, diagnosed with low lymphocytes T4 and t8 cells, still able to produce HCV antibodies after 1 year of one possible exposure ?

Is a negative HIV person, diagnosed with low lymphocytes T4 and t8 cells, still able to produce HCV antibodies after 1 year of one possible exposure ?

Yes: Plenty of people naturally run relatively low lymphocytes, though it's good to try to find why. If this person isn't making antibodies after a year, consider yourself healthy, though if you or your physician are concerned, you can get a pcr for the virus. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Yes, but...: A tetanus shot prevents only the bad effects of a tetanus infection. The shot does not prevent an infection from the other bacteria that animals carry in their mouths. Thus, if an animal bites through one's skin, a doctor can evaluate to see what treatment may be needed. Be sure the animal is one who does not, or is not likely, to carry rabies (because rabies is fatal). ...Read more

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Hsv2 IgG of 0.26 3 months after possible exposure. Can a weak immune system delay antibody development response time? I have some symptoms as well.

Hsv2 IgG of 0.26 3 months after possible exposure.  Can a weak immune system delay antibody development response time?  I have some symptoms as well.

See a doctor: Lab test results, particularly this one, are of little or no value without a history and physical exam. Hsv typing (1 or 2) cannot be done with antibody testing, only by isolating and identifying the virus. No way to know what your symptoms are due to without seeing you. ...Read more

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Currently 8 weeks pregnant with Toxsoplasma values IGG 90 (Positive) and IGM 1.54 (positive). Had an history of toxoplasma @ 2008, should we continue?

Currently 8 weeks pregnant with Toxsoplasma values IGG 90 (Positive) and IGM 1.54 (positive). Had an history of toxoplasma @ 2008, should we continue?

Discuss with OB: You need to discuss this with your OB, with probably a referral to a Maternal Fetal specialist to discuss the risk. A weekly positive IgM is possible from a prior exposure and not from a recent infection. Your MD may want to follow titers to see if they are changing. The IgG titer reflects antibodies you have from the prior infection in 2009. ...Read more

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After how many weeks after exposure does an HSV 1&2 antibody test turn from IgM to igg?

3 weeks: Approximately 50% of people will have igg antibodies detectable by 3 weeks. Most people will have igg detectable by 3-4 months and occasionally it may take up to 6 months. ...Read more

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Does strong and weak immune system and antibodies can show a different result for the HSV 1&2 and chlamydia? Girl (+) hsv2 IgG & chlmdia igg, boy (-)

Limited usefulness: Just because someone has antibodies doesn't make them contagious or even mean that they have lesions. Antibodies stay around after recovery. And if the lovers are using barrier protection, he probably won't catch her herpes simplex even if she does have infectious lesions. ...Read more

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Is HIV test false after 1.5 years exposure of virus ?

Is HIV test false after 1.5 years exposure of virus ?

Trust it: A nucleic-acid based test simply won't be wrong at this date. An antibody test is so likely to be correct that nobody knows the rate of false negatives. One factor is that someone claiming to have seroconverted two years after a single event may not be presenting their history correctly. I'd be thankful for good health and get on with your life. ...Read more

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Will swine flu virus infect you after remaining on a surface for 1 day?

Will swine flu virus infect you after remaining on a surface for 1 day?

It may: Any influenza virus can persist in a viable form on "fomites" (door handlles, keyboards, telephones etc., ). That is why we always tell people to wash your hands. Other ways to avoid influenza are to get your vaccine annually, and use hand sanitize when in public to reduce transmission. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take 4th and 5th dose of anti rabies post exposure vaccine when the dog is healthy after 10 days of bite ?

Is it necessary to take 4th and 5th dose of anti rabies post exposure vaccine when the dog is healthy after 10 days of bite ?

Why not?: If you have already received three of the five rabies vaccines and rabies immune globulin, why not finish the series? Then you will have long term significant protection--never having to worry about rabies again, except for an occasional rabies booster vaccine if your protective titer drops after two years! ...Read more

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Does repeated use (4-5x year) of antibiotics (recurrent tooth infection for 5 years) damage one's health or weaken immune system? Clindamycin mostly.

Does repeated use (4-5x year) of antibiotics (recurrent tooth infection for 5 years) damage one's health or weaken immune system? Clindamycin mostly.

Definitive Care: You need definitive dental care. An infection that recurs every three months for the past five years is obviously not going away with just antibiotics. Please see a dentist. Overuse of antibiotics can result in resistant strains and super infections. ...Read more

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I am afraid that during infection, since bacteria strength overwhelms immunity, bacteria killed by antibiotics will accumulate & block the epididymis.

I am afraid that during infection, since bacteria strength overwhelms immunity, bacteria killed by antibiotics will accumulate & block the epididymis.

Immune system.: Once the infection is under control, via combination of your immune system function and effect of antibiotics, your immune system has a mechanism to remove the "debris", if you will. ...Read more

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If immune globulin is given one week in advance of exposure will it prevent hepatitis a?

If immune globulin is given one week in advance of exposure will it prevent hepatitis a?

Depends on dose: Immunoglobulin preparations are not checked if they have protective level antibodies anti-hepatitis a. Assuming that most blood donors have enough antibodies anti-hepatitis a, the immunoglobulin preparations should also have enough to neutralize a potential infection. However, this is especulation and it is possible that there could be enough viruses to overcome the neutralzing antibodies received. ...Read more

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If IgM antibodies for HSV 1&2 appear before IgG antibodies in blood tests, how much sooner does IgM appear compared to igg?

If IgM antibodies for HSV 1&2 appear before IgG antibodies in blood tests, how much sooner does IgM appear compared to igg?

Variable: Igm antibodies may appear in about a week and igg in about two weeks, after infection. However, there are wide variations to this time table in different individuals. ...Read more

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Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Is 7 weeks after exposure enough time to get an accurate genital herpes blood test done?

Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate. ...Read more

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How to prevent from h1n1 n other dz spread by droplet infection?

How to prevent from h1n1 n other dz spread by droplet infection?

Prevention: There is no good answer here excepteto cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. And wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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I just recovered from H1N1 swine flu infection and feel very week, testless and loss of apettite. I want to regain my stamina and vitalityw?

I just recovered from H1N1 swine flu infection and feel very week, testless and loss of apettite. I want to regain my stamina and vitalityw?

Mgt: It is quite common after the flu infection to feel weak. I would suggest eating well, including sources of lean protein in your diet. Rest and recover. If you begin to have a fever again, then your PCP can follow up. A virtual appt is available online at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Can having swine flu lead to a lung infection?

Yes: Influenza is primarily a respiratory tract infection. It can kil either from it's direct effects or leading to a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis on my elbow and I have antibiotics for it is there any way I can help my body fight infection? P.S hasn't been 48hrs since 1st pill

I have cellulitis on my elbow and I have antibiotics for it is there any way I can help my body fight infection? P.S hasn't been 48hrs since 1st pill

Cellulitis : Best thing you can do is take all the antibiotic as directed. Keep area clean. If not improving after a few days follow up with your doctor. Take care! ...Read more

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What is infection is not gone after 5 days of antibiotics?

What is infection is not gone after 5 days of antibiotics?

Wrong bug/drug: If you have an infection that's not cleared in 5 days of antibiotics you ; your doctor need to evaluate if: 1. There is an abscess or pocket of pus that needs to be drained 2. You have an infection that requires >5 days to treat (deep bone, heart valve...) 3. You're using the wrong agent for the organism causing the infection 4. You're not getting the drug to the site (dose too low/not absorbg. ...Read more

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I am curious if antibiotics don't work for an infection does it worsen the infection ?

I am curious if antibiotics don't work for an infection does it worsen the infection ?

No But: No the antibiotic does not make the infection worse but the lack of the proper antibiotic lets the infection gain a greater foot hold so see your md and have them test the infection for the best antibiotic to use. ...Read more

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I really need some answers! why aren't my antibiotics working for my root canel infection?

I really need some answers! why aren't my antibiotics working for my root canel infection?

See your dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Anthrax: It depends which kind is involved. Inhalation anthrax is very serious, and only 25% respond to antibiotics. Cutaneous and gastrointestinal anthrax responds much better to antibiotics - better than 50 - 60%. ...Read more

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Most common antibiotic given for bladder infection?

Most common antibiotic given for bladder infection?

Depends.: Depends upon who you ask. Various specialty groups make different recommendations, local resistance patterns and patient characteristics may modify the choice. Top three are probably nitrofurantoin, Ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin, and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). All are potentially good choices. But there are many other good choices. If culture is done antibiotics may be tailored. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics increase the risk of parasite infection?

Not generally.: Generally not, but confer with your doctor regarding where you will be traveling to, and what infections you are most concerned about. ...Read more

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What does it mean when antibiotics don't work on leg infection?

See below: Antibiotic failure can be due to the wrong drug, the wrong dose, the wrong route, lack of adequate drainage or the presence of a foreign body. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink whilst on my water infection antibiotics?

ETOH not recommended: Alcohol is not recommended while on antibiotics. You can drink water. Not sure what water infection antibiotics are.? ...Read more

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Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Depends: Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


Swine Flu (Definition)

A human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain ...Read more