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Anti M Antibody
Antibodies to what?: Antibodies are made by lymphocyte/plasma cells. These may be of animal origin which ranges from mice, rabbits, goat, sheet, cows, horses etc. Some antibodies are of human origin. ...Read more
I'm due anyway now and I just came down with a cold. If I have the baby while sick, will he get my antibodies and then not get sick?
See below: Presence of antibodies is not synonymous with disease. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. You are right to be concerned with the high titer and should consult your doctor. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/ds00319. ...Read more
Does my body still make antibodies if I'm exposed to a cold but don't get symptoms. Hoping to protect nursing 2mth old from brother's cold. ?
Yes: Symptoms from a viral infection vary greatly from one person to another. However you would develop an antibody to that virus if infected. Whether you can prevent the child from developing a cold or not is uncertain but do note that a child in the first 3 months of life possessed protective antibodies to many infections and breast feeding may provide added protection as well. ...Read more
Not sure,: there could be multiple answers to this (it seems like NS1 could be a common abbreviation). I do know that a structural protein associated with viruses (that cause diseases such as Dengue fever and Yellow fever) is used for diagnosis. ie, if you have antibody to this NS1 protein, then you have been exposed to that pathogen ...Read more
Used for diagnosis: of mixed connective tissue disease (generally scleroderma with lupus overlap and muscle inflammation) for which it is fairly specific (accurate). The action of the antibody is not well characterized and probably less important than its use for diagnostic purpose (we know it binds to a protein for RNA building). In patients with anti-centromere Ab+ scleroderma, it portends kidney complications. ...Read more
5 to 7 days: The ability to detect the antibodies affects this answer. The early antibodies are those of the IgM class but there are 5 all together. The antibodies can be formed fast but until a certain level occurs they can not be detected. 5 to 7 days for the early IgM antibodies and longer for igg more permanent antibodies. ...Read more
A warrior increase: Think of an antibody as a soldier to help you beat the enemy (infection) if you have increasing antibodies you have more warriors. The problem here is if the warriors decide to fight against your own body rather than infection. You then have an auto-immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more
Bind to site(s).: Antibodies (abs) are molecules made to bind to sites on infected cells, bacteria, viral particles, etc. To help the immune system fight disease. For example, monoclonal antibodies bind to the same epitope/site, while polyclonal abs bind to many sites. These can be used in treating cancer and hdnb, autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, and in diagnostic tests, like western blot. ...Read more
From immune B cells: Antibodies, also called immunoglobulins or gamma-globulins, are made in a type of white blood cell called B-cells. They are in the blood stream, lymph nodes and in the bone marrow. We have 5 different types of antibodies: IgM (first responder), IgG (good long term immunity), IgA (in the mucous lining-tears, saliva, respiratory tract and intestinal tract), IgE (allergic antibody) and IgD (unknown) ...Read more
Meds or diseases: There are many reasons. Immune suppressant medications (e.g. steroids, azathioprine, mycophenolate), chemotherapy, certain seizure meds can all cause low antibody levels. Also, immune deficiencies like CVID lead to low levels. Certain infections like HIV can cause it, too. Excessive loss of protein from chronic diarrhea can cause it. Talk with an immunologist if you have more questions. ...Read more