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Adequate H1n1 Antibodies After Infection
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 ?
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
Would IgM antibodies for HSV 1 and 2 still be present after being infected years ago? Or do IgM antibodies "disappear" and then IgG takes over?
IgM are temporary: This question of yours has been answered repeatedly in the past. I am curious as to why you keep asking this. ...Read more
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
5 days after...: Exposure, no. 5 days after symptoms began, yes. ...Read more
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long after varicella zoster vaccine can you be tested via IgG antibodies in titers for immunity ?
6 weeks: We typically wait 6 weeks after vaccination to retest igg response. ...Read more
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
Is a blood test after 14 weeks of sexual encounter enough to give conclusive results on stds especially herpes 1 and 2? Had the igg tests done for herpes. Was negative for HIV, hep a, b, c, chlamydia, gonnorhea , herpes 1 & 2 and syphilis. Thanks
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Wbc 14.4; neutrophils 9.8; lymphocytes 3.8. Doing a blood smear. No hiv, infection, burns, tb, hep c. Third rise in WBC count?
Not a virus: Your lab values do not represent a viral illness in any way. ...Read more
Usually: 4-6 weeks post exposure is usually the amount of time considered necessary for a igg blood test to be appropriate. ...Read more
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
Are antibiotics sufficient enough to get rid of maxillary sinus infection or do you need to use other medication also? Can't take decongestants. PVCs.
Sinus infection: Recomnend 2nd opinion with me and we will figure it out. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the definitive way to determine if the infection is gone after I have taken all of the antibiotics?
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
If properly chosen..: ...Should work within 24 hours or less. ...Read more
See below: Antibacterial antibiotics kill off some of the normal bacteria that colonize the gut, skin and vagina. These bacteria compete with the yeasts that are also part of the normal human flora. When the bacteria are killed the yeast can overgrow causing infection. Antibacterial antibiotics will only make a yeast infection worse but antifungal antibiotics can kill off the overgrown yeasts for a cure. ...Read more
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