Top
10
Doctor insights on: Giardia Antigen

Share
1

1
When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

Diarrhea: Non-bloody diarrhea with fevers and weight loss, especially after exposure to potentially contaminated fresh water sources (rivers, lakes) may prompt a stool test to rule out giardia. ...Read more

Antigen (Definition)

Antigens are chemicals which upon exposure to the surface or inside of the body, will cause a reaction term allergic. Many substances will do this and allergic response is the basis for immunological protection for ...Read more


3

3
Positive test for giardia antigens? Can this cause eosinophilia and generalised lymphadenopathy (eosinophilia for +8 months)?

Possibly: The most common cause of eosinophilia in the world is parasitic disease. Exposure can happen when traveling to high-risk countries. Stool samples can be taken for diagnosis. Other causes of eosinophilia include asthma, alergy, drug hypersensitivity, DRESS, connective tissue disorders, and various cancers. See an physician so they can investigate possible causes and perform appropriate workup/labs. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

Diarrhea: Non-bloody diarrhea with fevers and weight loss, especially after exposure to potentially contaminated fresh water sources (rivers, lakes) may prompt a stool test to rule out giardia. ...Read more

5

5
What is the definition or description of: giardia?

What is the definition or description of: giardia?

Parasite: Giardia lamblia is a flagellated protozoan parasite that colonizes and reproduces in the small intestine, causing giardiasis. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
What is the definition or description of: antigen?

What is the definition or description of: antigen?

Immunoloigic chemica: Antigens are chemicals which upon exposure to the surface or inside of the body, will cause a reaction term allergic. Many substances will do this and allergic response is the basis for immunological protection for defense against invading organisms. ...Read more

7

7
Triple antigen prevents which diseases ?

Depends: This terminology is used more outside the US and means the combination vaccine against diptheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), given in a series of scheduled doses, followed by boosters. There is a triple antigen Hepatitis B vaccine (Hepacare) but this is not used in the US. I don't know which countries offer it or even if it is still being offered. ...Read more

9

9
What is meant by the australian antigen is positive?

HBsAg: It's an old term for the hepatitis b surface antigen. Having a positive hbsag means that you have hepatitis b: either acute or chronic. ...Read more

10

10
What is an antigen? How effective is it in individualizing blood?

An "ID tag": An antigen is a protein of specific shape that can serve to mark or help identify a cell / virus / protein / etc., to the immune system of the body (its white blood cells). The major ones on red blood cells or in vaccines for that matter, are very effective at triggering the body's immune system to attack the foreign object. In blood, a/b/"o" and rh-factor are the main ones + about 2 dozen lesser. ...Read more

11

11
What are some HIV antigens?

Viral load?: A high level of viral antigen in the blood? There's good correlation between viral load ; progression of HIV to aids. A viral load (number of viral particles per ml of blood) 30, 000 copies means that the disease will progress rapidly. By treating with haart ; suppressing to undetectable virus we halt ds progrn. ...Read more

12

12
What is Antigen-specific immunotherapy?

Specific allergens: If you are referring to allergy treatment, then this simply means that you are given extracts containing the specific allergens you are sensitized to. On the other hand, allergic people are usually less likely to have autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis which you appear to suffer. Thus you will need to tell us what disease condition this treatment is intended for. ...Read more

13

13
Is pencillin a hapten instead of a antigen?

Is pencillin a hapten instead of a antigen?

Read: Penicillin is a chemical compound which has areas on its molecule which are haptenic. The drug itself is considered an antigen. Altering the molecule to create derivatives seldom alters the haptenic component. ...Read more

14

14
What is hepatitis b surface antigen in general?

What is hepatitis b surface antigen in general?

Infection is active: If you are surface antigen postive = protein on the surface of the virus is in its active form which is still floating in your blood and indicates active/on going infectious state. This protein triggers body to produce antibody which can help rid off the infection or preventing it as in case of hepb vaccines. In your case, no antibody or not enough to rid of the antigen. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

15

15
How do you cure chronic giardia without antibiotics?

How do you cure chronic giardia without antibiotics?

Amoebic infection: This is an infection from a protozoa ( amoeba) which requires specific antiprotozal antibiotics and stool cultures. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

No active infection: When people have reactive hepatitis b surface antigen, they have proteins from hepatitis b in their blood. These people have active infection and may need treatment. If there is no reactive hbsag, then most likely there is no active infection. Rarely, people who have hepatitis b core antibody detected, but no hepatitis b surface antibody, can have chronic active infection. ...Read more

17

17
Help please? What is the hepatitis b surface antigen?

Hepatitis B: If you have a positive hepatitis B surface antigen, then you have active hepatitis B infection. You can see a hepatologist (liver doctor) to check some other labs in order to determine if you need to be on treatment with oral medications or if a liver biopsy should be considered based on other laboratory results. Having hepatitis B can be controlled with medications. ...Read more

20

20
What does it mean if I have giardia cysts on my tampon?

What does it mean if I have giardia cysts on my tampon?

How do you know that: I am not sure if it is from fecal contamination. But would get medically checked if you are carrying Giardia Lamblia. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
72 doctors shared insights

Giardia (Definition)

A parasitic disease caused by Giardia lamblia. About 10% of those infected have no symptoms. When symptoms occur they may include diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more