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Rabies And The Immune System
My sebaceous glands are over active. Almost done fighting cold/flu. Could it be immune system reaction, hormones or simply change in weather. Male 42?
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An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more
Is it true your immune to rabies for one year if you've get bitten by a dog and get 4/4 rabies shots? Just out of curiosity
See below: Per usa's cdc recs, after receiving the primary 4 dose set of vaccinations, persons in the continuous risk category should be tested every 6 months and persons in the frequent risk category should be tested every 2 years and if the titer falls below a value of at least complete neutralization at a 1:5 dilution by rapid fluor focus inhib test, they should receive a booster. So, no perm resistance. ...Read more
Full rabies PEP (w/immune glob) Fall '08. 2 booster doses Nov '14. What are the odds I would NOT have protective levels of antibodies now, 7 mo later?
MINIMAL: The primary series is considered protective for at least 2 years. Those in trades with regular exposure are advised to check titers or get a booster after two years. If you received a booster 11/14 you should be protected for 2 years from that point. ...Read more
How long rabies vaccine protects me? Got my 1 dose yesterday what if I got bitten again? Do I need to get shots again? No immune because got it alread
Confusing question: If you have completed a primary series of the rabies vaccine it should provide protection for 2 years from the date of completion. Some will benefit for longer, but those in high risk situations are advised to have blod tests after 2 years to see if a booster is needed. ...Read more
I already got immune g, rabies vaccine/booster Last week was when I the 4th dose. I got bitten again but this time by a rabid animal. Arnt I immunized?
Yes: In general, completion of the anti-rabies series will protect for exposures during the 2 years following completion of the series. Those in high risk professions are advised to get boosters or have an antibody titer checked to see if a booster is needed for protection to remain high. ...Read more
At what point during the rabies virus transit from the site of inoculation to the brain is it vulnerable to immune intervention?
Before reaching: Rabies moves along nerves from the inoculation site back to the brain. The bottom line is that if you have been exposed, you take the immunizations, hopefully at once, if this is a homework question, it's a poor one as no one is absolutely certain. If you have been exposed but delayed reporting, don't give up; post-exposure immunization is a basic human right. ...Read more
Where give the rabies immune globin shots? Health dep said it would be where exposed (finger) but hosp gave it in my arm/legs. Do I need more in finger
No room: The location of the wound and available muscle mass in which to give it determines where this might be given. If you were bitten on the ass, they would infiltrate the wound. The finger has no space to inject it safely and if they did, it would likely cut off the circulation and you could lose the finger. ...Read more
Possibly fatal: Rabies is fatal. If you get it, you will die. There is little to know treatment. Once you have been exposed, you have a about 6 weeks before you get the disease. It takes time for the vaccine to work, maybe longer than 6 weeks. You need the instant protection of the Immune Globulin shot to give the vaccine time to work. ...Read more
Revived rabies immune globulin one week ago. Did first 3 shots of vaccine. Am I protected or do I need another immune globulin for new exposure?
Confused: The primary series varies with need. If done before exposure, 3 shots of the vaccine is routine. After exposure, globulin and 4 doses of the vaccine, on days 0, 3, 7 & 14 are the usual protocol. After completion of the series patients can be tested for antibody conversion. The primary series is expected to give 2 years worth of protection from point of completion. ...Read more
How long is rabies immune globulin effective for. I received it one week ago. Started vaccines. Concerned about a new exposure to bats in the attic.?
Yes, IgG is safe: Immune globulin (igg) is concentrated antibodies, and helps protect against a variety of infections. It is safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and infants. Of course, there could be a rare allergic reaction on a rare occassion. Because IgG is purified from other people's blood plasma, there is also a very, very rare chance that something contagious could be transmitted in the injection. ...Read more
Does rabies immune globulin fully protect you from rabies until the vaccines build antibodies? Second (new) bite prior to treatment being complete.
Infectious disease doctors are the specialists in this area. Rabies is a serious disease. Go see and query your ID doctor. This is serious stuff. You could die, so be truthful and see your physician again. A query here is not fully answered without your complete medical history, exam etc.
Call a Vet for the sake of the animal if you have it caged. ...Read more
Received rabies immune globulin & 3 rabies vaccines. 4th shot is in 4 days. Just had another possible bat bite. Do I need to go to ER or am I protected?
Your on your way: You are in the process of becoming protected. I would call the local health department to check on the frequency of local rabies activity before adding to what you have. The primary series is expected to yield 2 years of ongoing protection from the point of completion. ...Read more
I was bitten by a small monkey in Thailand and at A&E within the hour for rabies immune globulin + other vaccines. I stupidly drank alcohol that evening not thinking. Have I ruined the chances of it working? I've had further vaccines since home
I took/taking rabies vaccine, tetanus, immune globulin after 16 day of exposed. I hav weaknes&muscle pins, tingling allover body. Should I worry abt rabies?
Took wicoryl, levocetrizine, amoxillin, azithromycin during rabies vaccination due to sore throat, fever and chills. Is this fine? Immune supressed?
Yes: Assuming your doctor recommended these antibiotics to treat an infection, this is fine. None of the medications mentioned will conflict with the others. Rabies vaccine is a killed vaccine so you may not mount as strong a response to the vaccine. If you were exposed to rabies prior to vaccine, you may need an additional dose on day 28 and should by now have had rabies immune globulin ...Read more
Complicated: Natural killer cells can recognize tumor cells and virally infected cells and destroy those. T-cells and antibodies to markers on tumor cells may also destroy tumor cells. Unfortunately, most of the time, some cancer cells evade this destruction and continue the disease process. The hope and potential of immune therapy remains to be realized. ...Read more
Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria. ...Read more
Heard to simplify.: Like a complicated orchestra plays a difficult score. Different germs produce different responses. There are is nonspecific and specific immune responses. Even the skin oils, saliva, stomach acid tears and sweat are important here. It is much to difficult to quickly answer which is why I taught a course taking 20 hours on the subject to medical students. ...Read more
Why does the immune system fight & heal physical illnesses but most likely not or never mental illnesses?
Mental illness: This is a very good question and the answer has eluded the medical profession for a long time. Not all mental illness is based on a immune imbalance though and some is related to hormonal imbalances. The workings of the brain are still pretty mysterious. Stay tuned. ...Read more
Nothing specific...: There are no specific foods studied in the scientific literature that boost the immune system but eating a healthy diet in general is good for all aspects of health. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats will certainly make you feel good. ...Read more
If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?
Consider this...: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more
Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?
HIV: There is a rare subgroup of individuals who have an altered version of the viral attachment site for the cell. Generally this means that the infection progresses less rapidly, but prevention is conceivable. Transmission is never 100% and the lower the viral load the lower the risk of infection, but not because the immune system fights it off. ...Read more
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