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How does toxoplasmosis affect people with a normal immune system?

How does toxoplasmosis affect people with a normal immune system?

illness or none: Most healthy people have no symptoms when infected since the immune system controls the infection, and it is silent or what we cal "latent" some may have fever, swollen glands, or rarely a serious eye infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


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I'm pregnant and tested as NOT immune to toxoplasmosis. Should I request further testing? How can I know if baby is affected?

I'm pregnant and tested as NOT immune to toxoplasmosis. Should I request further testing? How can I know if baby is affected?

No further testing: Hi, I'm assuming your doctor tested you for toxoplasmosis antibodies because you have a cat? Being non-immune to toxoplasmosis means that you have not been infected with this parasite previously and could get infected. Prevention is the best course so if you do have a cat then you should not change the litter while pregnant. No need to check the fetus if you a not infected! Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm not immune to toxoplasmosis & i'm pregnant. I had a chicken sandwish & realized it had some very raw parts! when should I test to c if i got toxo?

Your first OB visit: Toxoplasmosis is one of the torch infections that is standard testing for all pregnant women as it can cause congenital problem in the baby. It is usually acquired from exposure to placenta of parturient cats that harbor the infection, not from chicken. I believe you are worried about salmonella which is what is common in consumption of uncooked meat particularly chicken. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, not immune to toxoplasmosis.I was eating pork loin & i saw part of it was raw. I cut this part out and ate only the cooked part.Is it ok?

Need testing: Impossible to know whether toxoplasma gondii was present or infected you without testing you for antibodies. If you are pregnant and seeing an OB doctor you may have already been tested and if you had antibodies then your fetus is safe. ...Read more

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What can you not do with immunodeficiency? The difference with a normal immune system and having immunodeficiency. Like everyday stuff?

What can you not do with immunodeficiency? The difference with a normal immune system and having immunodeficiency. Like everyday stuff?

Unclear question: There are many kinds of immunodeficiencies, so we need to know exactly what is the type and the cause of your immunodeficiency. It can be low level of immune cells(lymphocytes) like in HIV infections or it can be low level of immunoglobulins. You can do most anything and everything unless it is a total failure of the immune system which is extremely rare(it is called combined immunodeficiency...Of. ...Read more

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If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?

If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?

Still abnormal: Lupus in remission does not equal normal immune seem. Unfortunately, the system is now primed to react to various proteins in the blood, and the disease pattern will be heterogenous. Good medical care can substantially reduce the morbidity associated with lupus so even if you feel reasonably well you need to keep up with your physicians! ...Read more

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Is menthol crystal bad for ones immune system if inhaled. I normally mix it with Vicks vaporup, I don't know y i do, i guess i just like the scent, so is it?

Is menthol crystal bad for ones immune system if inhaled. I normally mix it with Vicks vaporup, I don't know y i do, i guess i just like the scent, so is it?

Not known to be bad: Like many natural remedies research is limited, but i could find no evidence that menthol crystals are harmful. See http://www.Globalhealingcenter.Com/natural-health/menthol-crystals-for-lung-cleansing/ for the best article I have found on the benefits of menthol crystals. ...Read more