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Could any current medications completely eliminate the zoonotic infection, toxoplasmosis?

Could any current medications completely eliminate the zoonotic infection, toxoplasmosis?

Yes, there are meds: Cure is achieved by Pyrimethamine plus a second medicine (sulfadiazine, clindamycin, azithromycin, or atovaquone). Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) can also be used. The problem is that in patients with an unhealthy immune system, such as in aids, it is very hard to get rid of toxo as well as to keep it from coming back. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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If i got toxoplasmosis 2day & start medication a month later, would it work?Or would i need medication since moment of infection?How much time do I hav

If i got toxoplasmosis 2day & start medication a month later, would it work?Or would i need medication since moment of infection?How much time do I hav

Logic = ??: If you get an infection, you have until you either recover from it or die from it to get it treated. Toxo does not bother most, except immune compromised or first trimester fetuses. Talk to your dr/ob about specific risks/benefits for your situation. ...Read more

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What causes toxoplasmosis infection?

What causes toxoplasmosis infection?

A parasite: Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that lives in the cat digestive system. It is transmitted to humans through contact with cat feces in kitty litter, with soil that cats have defecated in or with a cat's anus (groomers or vets). It typically just causes a mild flu-like syndrome. Like any other infection, it can be serious in immune-compromised people, like those with aids or on chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes stay swollen for 6-12 months after toxoplasmosis infection?

Can lymph nodes stay swollen for 6-12 months after toxoplasmosis infection?

Possible: But that is a very long time. Toxoplasmosis seldom produced significant symptomatic infection in most patients. When it does, it resembles infectious mononucleosis. Lymphatic enlargement for 6-12 months seems excessive and other causes should be excluded. ...Read more

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If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If you're worried: Did he have serial toxoplasmosis-specific igg's and igm's done the first year of life? Igg titers drawn now won't define when he became positive; negative titers would be nice. Exams by a pediatric ophthalmologist, an audiologist, and a neurologist with brain mri, neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental exams would be requested by your son's primary pediatrician if titers are +. ...Read more

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I have active CMV and toxoplasmosis with certain symptoms like weird headache and glands for a couple months. Are these infections dangerous?

I have active CMV and toxoplasmosis with certain symptoms like weird headache and glands for a couple months. Are these infections dangerous?

Can be dangerous: Yes, these infections can be dangerous, especially in people with compromised immune systems (due to organ transplant, hiv, age, nutritional status, etc). Cmvcan feel like mononucleosis, but also imapired vision, diarrhea, pneumonia, seizures and coma; and toxoplasmosis: headache, seizure, fever muscle pain, . CMV usually has no symptoms except in immunocompromise - please see you doctor! ...Read more

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Igg of 156 for toxoplasmosis, IgM was negative. Active or distant infection? Since IgG is so high, could the IgM just not be + yet? 11 weeks preg.

Distant: With a high igg and a negative igm this is supportive of exposure in the remote past. Igm would not turn positive after igg is already elevated. That said, it's not clear from your question why your toxo titers were tested in the first place, and i suggest you discuss the results with the provider who ordered them to be clear. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Unlikely: Toxoplasmosis toxicity to the fetus causing birth defects is due to the organism traveling across the placenta. So it requires the mother to be infected. Toxoplasmosis is not transmitted by sexual contact. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my blood sugar, isnt it possible i could have gotten an infection like toxoplasmosis from other previous people they treat who were bleeding a lot?

Need help docs! my blood sugar, isnt it possible i could have gotten an infection like toxoplasmosis from other previous people they treat who were bleeding a lot?

Rephrase: Hi, please rephrase your question as it is difficult to understand. Have you recently had an organ transplant, blood transfusion or had needle stick while in a laboratory that processes toxoplasmosis tainted blood? Transmission of toxoplasmosis from one person to the other is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis - 2nd round: IgG 107.2 (156 1st test;) IgM 0.132 (0.15 1st test). Ifa 1:80. Is this confirmation of old infection? (16 weeks preg)

Toxoplasmosis - 2nd  round: IgG 107.2 (156 1st test;) IgM 0.132 (0.15 1st test). Ifa 1:80. Is this confirmation of old infection? (16 weeks preg)

Yes.: Your results are consistent with remote infection that should not affect a current pregnancy. Talk to your obstetrician as well. Avoid cat litter and all undercooked foods in pregnancy! ...Read more

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I have toxoplasmosis infection in both eyes. Now ok. In future to avoid or to minimise the cause and effect what should i keep in my mind and do?

I have toxoplasmosis infection in both eyes. Now ok. In future to avoid or to minimise the cause and effect what should i keep in my mind and do?

Preventing infxn: General frequent handwashing is always a good idea. Also, I would avoid cleaning/changing the cat's litter box. I am interested in what other doctors have to say. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis: IgG results positive156 - (igm negative - 0, 15 with lab range of less than 0, 9 = neg). Is this infection more than 4 months old ?

Toxoplasmosis: IgG results positive156 - (igm negative - 0, 15 with lab range of less than 0, 9 = neg). Is this infection more than 4 months old ?

Probably.: The immunology results you describe are most consistent with a remote infection - should not be a problem for a current pregnancy. Talk to your maternal-fetal medicine expert for additional details in your particular case, and avoid all contact with cat litter boxes throughout your pregnancy (and beyond). Also, avoid all undercooked meat! ...Read more

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I read I have to wash my kitchen utensils with water&soap to avoid toxoplasmosis infection.Cant toxoplasma live in my kitchen sponge? 32 week pregnant

I read I have to wash my kitchen utensils with water&soap to avoid toxoplasmosis infection.Cant toxoplasma live in my kitchen sponge? 32 week pregnant

No: Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that lives in soil. I have never heard of contracting it from a sponge. If were the case, a lot of women would be at risk. Avoid cat litter and garden with gloves, those are 2 most common ways to get it. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

Dead fly: Had the milk been sitting out long enough to be spoiled? Likely you will be alright from drinking milk that the fly was in if it was not spoiled. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis.Negative IgM but Postive IgG. Is it possible that I am still suffering from infection? Sick for year- fatigue, muscle pain, swollen node

Toxoplasmosis.Negative IgM but Postive IgG. Is it possible that I am still suffering from infection? Sick for year- fatigue, muscle pain, swollen node

Another condition?: IgM signifies an active infection and IgG actually provides protection due to exposure in the past. You need to consult a rheumatologist and/or hematologist to find out the real cause for your illness. ...Read more

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What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

Sex and drugs: Straight people can get infected by sharing needles or through sex. Women can be infected through vaginal or anal sex with an infected male partner. Straight men can get infected through sex with women, especially if they're uncircumcized and/or have genital ulcers. Straight men can also get infected by having sex with men, since "straight" describes orientation, not behavior. ...Read more

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Are opportunistic infections the final stage aids?

Are opportunistic infections the final stage aids?

Possibly: This could be a sign of aids developing from HIV itself. Could be 'final stage' if no longer responding to haart (anti-viral treatments) which should help prevent most opportunistic infections once the HIV viral load is suppressed. If otherwise stable most of these infections have specific treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about aids and opportunistic infections?

Can you tell me more about aids and opportunistic infections?

Caused by HIV: Aids is a clinical syndrome caused by infection with hiv. Over time HIV weakens the immune system. As the immune system wanes, the person has an increasingly difficult time fighting off infections from which a person with a "normal" immune system would typically not suffer, a.K.A. "opportunistic" infections. These can include other viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more