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I've taken three dosages of bactrum ds can I still end up having serum sickness? My left hand hurts right on the top. For no apparent reason. That's why I was wondering

I've taken three dosages of bactrum ds can I still end up having serum sickness? My left hand hurts right on the top. For no apparent reason. That's why I was wondering

NO: Serum sickness develops with sulfa drugs after a period (usually long term) of treatment! FURTHERMORE serum sickness joint pain is SYMMETRICAL ....not just with L hand/wrist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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How can I treat serum sickness?

How can I treat serum sickness?

Avoidance: Not much can be done specifically to treat serum sickness, other than avoiding the antigen that caused it in the first place. If there is significant joint or other inflammation, steroids can help reduce the symptoms while waiting for the reaction to go away. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of serum sickness bad?

Are the symptoms of serum sickness bad?

Can be: Serum sickness usually causes fever, lymph node enlargement, arthritis, muscle pain, weakness, renal disease, severity of the disease would determine the severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of "serum sickness"?

Has anyone ever heard of "serum sickness"?

Systemic allergic : Systemic allergic response in which antibody-antigen reaction in the blood stream causes systemic problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: serum sickness?

What is the definition or description of: serum sickness?

Hypersensitivity: 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 and glomerulonephritis for example. ...Read more

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What are the differences between arthrus reaction and serum sickness?

What are the differences between arthrus reaction and serum sickness?

Similar: Both are type III hypersensitivity or allergic reactions that occur from antibody antigen complexes. The arthus reaction typically occurs after an injection into the skin and the reaction is vasculitis at the site. Serum sickness commonly follows an oral ingestion (like a drug) and symptoms are more general with fever, rash, joint aches, lymph node swelling and sometimes protein in the urine. ...Read more

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How does serum sickness relate to mono?

How does serum sickness relate to mono?

Like an allergy: Serum sickness is a reaction that is similar to an allergy. The immune system reacts to medications that contain injected proteins used to treat immune conditions. Or it can react to antiserum, the liquid part of blood that contains antibodies given to a person to help protect them against germs or poisonous substances. Mononucleosis is caused by ebv or CMV virus. ...Read more

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Can serum sickness be cured?

Yes: The most common treatment for serum sickness is discontinuation of the offending drug, combined with the use of both antihistamines and glucocorticoids. Withdrawal of the drug by itself is usually sufficient treatment for patients with mild symptoms. Fever and joint pains resolve within 48 hours. To prevent recurrence, the culprit drug should be avoided in the future, if possible. ...Read more

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Can you die from serum sickness?

Can you die from serum sickness?

Unfortunately...Yes: Serum sickness got it's name from reactions after treatments with high doses of horse serum given for treatments snake bites or tetanus. Antibiotics can also cause this. The persons antibodies clump with the foreign serum proteins. These clumps (immune complexes) can clog small blood vessels in the skin, mucous membranes, joints, kidneys and intestines. Fulminant severe reaction can be fatal. ...Read more

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Has anyone else had serum sickness?

Has anyone else had  serum sickness?

Serum Sickness: Serum sickness is a reaction that is similar to an allergy. The immune system reacts to medications that contain injected proteins used to treat immune conditions. Or it can react to antiserum, the liquid part of blood that contains antibodies given to a person to help protect them against germs or poisonous substances. ...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


Serum (Definition)

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