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Are some people more prone to getting serum sickness?

Are some people more prone to getting serum sickness?

Serum sickness: Classic serum sickness is caused by administration of a protein antigen from a non-human species. There have been some case reports implicating the drugs Rituximab and Infliximab (used to treat chron's disease and rheumatoid arthritis). Rarely, repeated blood transfusions, insect stings, and mosquito bites can cause serum sickness-type reactions. ...Read more

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Serum Sickness (Definition)

Serum sickness is a type of hypersensitivity reaction (type iii immune reaction) that occurs when the immune system develops antibodies to a foreign protein. The antibody and the foreign protein combine to form an immune complex (ic) that can settle in areas of the body such as the joints or the kidney. The ic can damage these areas and cause arthralgias ...Read more


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Are some people more prone to getting rubella?

Are some people more prone to getting rubella?

Yes: the unimmunized: All humans can get rubella (german measles). If your mother had the disease, you have some protection but only for 6 months. After that, you are on your own. The best defense is immunization which trades a very mild usually inapparent 'infection' for long term protection. Rubella is not innocuous-my sister, for example, has deafness and needed heart surgery in 1945 from rubella in utero. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting schistosomiasis?

Are some people more prone to getting schistosomiasis?

Exposure: Parasitic illness, "snail fever". Endemic in some parts of africa, caribbean, middle east, asia, s. America. Depending on type can cause liver or urinary problems. Exposure to standing fresh water- (including man-made lakes, either from work, recreation, domestic chores. Avoidance is key on an individual level; bigger issues on a societal level. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Risk of cholera: The major vehicle for spreading cholera is contaminated water and food. Infection by person-to-person contact is uncommon. People with low gastric acidity, associated with malnutrition, are more easily infected than those with normal acidity. Cholera is endemic to, and often epidemic in, the indian subcontinent, asia, south america. Also, watch out for asymptomatic cholera carriers. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting confusion?

Are some people more prone to getting confusion?

Let me list them: The people how use alcohol , some medications for Parkinson's disease, diuretics, tricycles, tetracyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. The elderly and especially those with pre-existing dementia, vitamin d deficiencies. The people how have(epilepsy, heat stroke or hypothermia, shock or head injury, infection, psychosis or poisoning, stroke. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting pseudogout?

Are some people more prone to getting pseudogout?

In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

Yes: Cholangitis is an infection of the common bile duct, the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestines. This infection occurs more commonly in women than men. The onset is usually after age 55. Individuals who are at greater risk are those who have previously suffered from gallstones. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting gastroenteritis?

Are some people more prone to getting gastroenteritis?

Not really: Gastroenteritis is a self-limited viral illness characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Exposure to the virus is all that is necessary to get the illness. People with weak immune systems may be more prone to get viral illnesses, but people with normal immunity can get sick if exposed to the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting amebiasis?

Are some people more prone to getting amebiasis?

Amebiasis: Caused by entamoeba histolytica, amebiasis is worldwide, ranges from asymptomatic carrier to fulminant severe illness, & may involve multiple organs (generally colon). It is passed by direct fecal-oral contamination (sexually, day care, institutional settings). Amoeba assume greater invasive potential in those with at-risk sexual behavior, who are immunosuppressed, taking steroids, or pregnant. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cataract?

Are some people more prone to getting cataract?

Yes, but...: We are all prone to getting cataracts. They are a normal aging change in the eyes, causing our natural lenses to lose clarity. Some individuals may get cataracts at an earlier age due to exposure to certain chemicals or ultraviolet; others may have a family tendency toward early cataracts. There is currently no treatment to prevent cataracts, although a short procedure will permanently remove them. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

Are some people more prone to getting coccidiomycosis?

YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent) , and immunity ( immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting osteopenia?

Are some people more prone to getting osteopenia?

Yes: Risk factors include: family history of osteoporosis, white or asian ethnicity, smoking, being underweight, excess alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle, and low calcium intake. Some of these are able to be modified to decrease an individual's risk. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

Are some people more prone to getting peritonitis?

Yes: Primary peritonitis is more common in malnourished people including alcoholics. Peritonitis can complicate peritoneal dialysis. Any condition weakening your intestines can also cause bowel perforation with peritonitis to follow (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease [crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis] and diverticulitis). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting rhinitis?

Are some people more prone to getting rhinitis?

Yes: Allergic rhinitis is more likely to be found in people with a family history of allergy. If one parent is allergic, there is an approximately 30 % chance that the child has an allergic disease. When both parents have allergies, the chance that the child will have allergies increases to more than 60%'. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting wheezing?

Are some people more prone to getting wheezing?

Wheezing: Yes. In general those who smoke or are around strong chemicals and those who have asthma. In children croup also causes wheezing. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting the mumps?

Are some people more prone to getting the mumps?

If Unimmunized: With current available immunizations, the risk of mumps is only elevated in unimmunized people. Also rare immunodeficiency diseases may allow increased risk , if exposed. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting bleeding in brain?

Are some people more prone to getting bleeding in brain?

Yes: Risk factors include structural brain abnormalities such as aneurism, arteriovenous malformations, and tumor, high blood pressure and blood clotting abnormalities. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Yes: Overuse of the voice, having reflux, or inhaling things that irritate the vocal cords such as marijuana, cigarettes. Some infections can cause larygitis (usually viral) and some feel rheumatoid arthritis patient can get it as well. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting varicocele?

Are some people more prone to getting varicocele?

Lacking venous valve: Boys or men who lack venous valves in the spermatic vein or veins between testicle and left renal vein are more prone to developing a varicocele. They are only discovered at approaching puberty or later by presence of a scrotal swelling that feels like a bag of worms when subject is standing up or as part of an infertility workup. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Are some people more prone to getting gestational hypertension?

Gest. Hypertension: Since people who have gestational hypertension are more likely to get essential hypertension, then any person who is destined to get hypertension are at risk. A hx of this problem in a prior pregnancy, your first pregnancy, teen pregnancy and older age pregnancy, twins, obesity, and women with diabetes are your largest risk factors for this problem. ...Read more

Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more