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Human Parvovirus Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Question?: Not sure what the question is. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is the hormone produced after implantation. It is the hormone detected on a pregnancy test and is sometimes monitored to determine the viability of a pregnancy that is in questions. I hope that helps-- if that isn't what your looking for, let me know. ...Read more
Sharing body fluids: Hiv is a sexually transmitted infection. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. It can take years before HIV weakens the immune system to the point that the patient has aids. There is no cure for hiv/aids, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease. ...Read more
Often no symptoms...: Most men with hpv infection have no signs or symptoms. Hpv can infect the skin of the penis / scrotum / perianal areas and can cause warts, but many male patients who have hpv have no symptoms. Hpv can also cause dysplasia (precancer) and true cancer at these sites. In addition, hpv can infect the lips, oral cavity, tongue / tonsils and can cause warts, precancer, and cancer in these sites too. ...Read more
Same as heterosex: Hiv is transmitted by the virus present in body secretions deposited onto areas of either mucous membranes (rectal mucosa, oral mucosa or tonsils) where there are receptor sites to which the virus attaches. There are some forms of sexual activity in which individuals are more prone to bleeding, in which case these bleeding sites present a rapid route for viral entry. ...Read more
Confusing question: There is no Rubella IGM Virus that I know of.There is a common screening test for IGM antibody created after a rubella infection. If you have high IGM levels indicating a recent rubella infection, it is worrisome.Rubella during pregnancy can lead to injury to the eyes, ears and other organs.Babies can be born deaf, blind and with other defects. ...Read more
Blood: Tainted blood transfusions are the easiest way to become infected with hiv. In the developed world, all blood is screened for HIV and blood transfusions are safe. Other high risk activities include sharing needles for intravenous drug use with infected individuals and having unprotected receptive anal intercourse with an HIV infected person. ...Read more
Yup: I'm not impressed... I like the idea of having a test which easily tells you if your HCG level is high enough to see a normal pregnancy on ultrasound or if levels are going up, but this test has too broad a range, still needs to be interpreted, and is not easy to figure out. It's easier to see your doc if you have a high risk pregnancy that requires early detection & evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more
Highly recommended: The hpv vaccine has been well tolerated. It's recommended for boys at 11 or 12 through age 21 but can be given as young as 9 (and through age 26 for those at higher risk). It reduces the risk of anal cancer in boys and girls as well as the risk of cervical cancer in girls. Hopefully it will reduce some other hpv related cancers. The Gardasil hpv also reduces sexually transmitted warts by 90%. ...Read more
Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more
HumanPapillomaVirus: Human papilloma viruses is the name of a large group of viruses. There are about 100 subtypes of human papilloma viruses; almost half can occasionally cause cancer. For example, the virus that causes ordinary skin warts (including plantar warts) is called hpv-1. Two others, hpv-16 and hpv-18, are responsible for a majority of cervical cancers and are components of both of the hpv vaccines. ...Read more
My lab on this month IgG cmv, rubella, toxo positive and IgM CMV rubella herpes negative ; toxo weakly positive>0.6 can I have baby ob in Thai not sure?
Yes: As we discussed, you have had toxoplamosis and developed antibodies to this organism and in future pregnancies it will not cross the placental boundries and infect the baby. Good luck. ...Read more
I had pregnancy that ended in fetal hydrops. Just had an answer that parvovirus can cause it. I teach. I must have caught it and passed it Feel guilty?
Not your fault: I am sorry for your loss. However, you did not do anything wrong. Some times bad things happen to good people. Keep faith. For your health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pregnancy and catching fifth disease I am 22 years old and 27 weeks pregnant. My fiance was recently in contact with his daughter who has fifth disease. I heard that pregnant women are succeptable to the disease and can cause birth defects or death to the
Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?
Yes mild form: Erythema infectiosum , caused by human paravirus 19 ( animal paravirus 19 will not infect humans ), erythematious rash, on face looks like ' slapped cheek' face , mostly self limiting contagious disease. It is called fifth diseases , as it the 5th viral disease rash etc ( other 4 are measels, scarlet fever , rubella, chicken pox ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get sick. Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms. Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, recover and have immunity against re-infection. Complications can be seen in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression, and occasionally in pregnant women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different illness: Acute parvovirus b19 infection in the healthy adult is not generally the slapped cheek type illness that occurs in kids. Fever and muscle aches can occur but the most dominant feature is the polyarthritis/arthralgias that tend to occur in the hands, wrists, ankles and sometimes knees. The joint symptoms can last from several weeks. ...Read more
Virus causes illness: Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to others especilly among classrooms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cossert : Y. E. Cossert and colleagues first discovered the human parvovirus and published their work in the medical journal the lancet in 1975. The designation b19 with it refers to the coding of the sample in which it was found while looking for viruses using an electron microscope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 6 and has hereditary spherocytosis. I am terrified he is going to get parvovirus and I won't know since presentation is mild. Help!
Repeater: In the unlikely event that he gets parvo and actually needs to be supported through it, you'll have plenty of time between the onset of obvious serious illness and any risk of death. At least a few days. Keep reading accurate stuff. No reason to be "terrified." Better to focus. On his overall nutrition, development, fitness, folate status ...Read more
My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?
Mgt: Most cases resolve without any treatment. If you notice any symptoms that continue or recur such as joint pain, paleness of the skin, respiratory problems, an appointment with your PCP is advised. In the meantime, continue to provide hydration and monitor his temperature for the next week. ...Read more
My son was just dx with hereditary spherocytosis. I am SO worried about him getting parvovirus and going into Aplastic crisis. What do I watch for??
Parvovirus B19: The main symptom to look for in aplastic crisis is pallor. Parvovirus B19 is somewhat common and symptoms overlap with upper respiratory infection, so it may difficult to avoid completely. People are contagious before the rash appears. Reduce risk of transmission with good handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick people. ...Read more
My son is 6 and just dx w hereditary spherocytosis. If he gets parovirus will he definitely go into aplastic crisis? How will I know it's parvovirus??
Parvovirus: the usual coarse of this virus is usually self resolving in a few days to few weeks in children with chronic anemias like cong spherocytosis if exposed the child will be monitored by your heamatologist and possibly get IVIG if the parvovirus PCR is positive and they have good results with that ...Read more
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