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Intravenous Immunoglobulin Medication
Possiby: Intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) is a blood product collected from donations from hundreds of individuals, so there is the theoretical possibility of typical transfusion problems i.e. Infection, reaction etc. In the U.S. However production of this product is so controlled and processing involves, detergent washing and treating the product, so it is less likely to cause problems. ...Read more
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a way to provide antibodies to children with documented immune deficiencies and to treat other problems involving the immune system, such as Kawasaki disease. It has also been suggested as a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders based on the idea that fetal brain development is related to the prenatal immune response, but there is little data ...Read more
Immune Deficiency: Allergists use ivig to treat patients whose immune system is no longer capable of producing sufficient amounts of ivig. ...Read more
General well tolerat: Ivig is a blood product that, in allergy, is used to treat those with immunodeficiency or a lack of igg (that is the IG part of ivig). This is generally a well tolerated infusion but one can experience local discomfort from the insertion of the needle to infuse the ivig. Rarely, systemic reactions can occur including headache, nausea, hives and others. ...Read more
There are a few published case studies that support the use of ivig for treatment of uc.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/3490055
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/1728132. ...Read more
Possibly: If you are deficient and symptomatic (recurrent infections), they can possibly help your body fight infections better. Just because you have an igg deficiency does not mean your are immune deficient, however. Many people with low numbers have normal function and really are asymptomatic. ...Read more
Yes: If you are already receiving ivig and become pregnant you may continue to receive this medication. You will be monitored closely by your obstetrician as well as the physician supervising your ivig infusions. ...Read more
IVIG treatment: IVIG is helpful for curing a condition called AIDP, or Guillain Barre syndrome, which is a type of neuropathy. It's cousin, CIDP, is treated by IVIG, but it is not cured. Myasthenia gravis is a condition that causes weakness. It is also treated with IVIG, but it is not cured. Few illnesses can be cured in neurology, but many can be treated. ...Read more
Sorry, not true: If you have HPV, your immune system will clear it up over time (typically 6-12 months), but there are no medications or treatments known to speed it up, including IVIG. If you have warts, any of several local treatments are effective, like freezing, podofilox, imiquimod, and others. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
If you receive a blood product like ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) can you still be an organ donor later on?
Check with UNOS: Unos. Org is a great resource for those interested in organ donation. ...Read more
Can mild nerve damage in the penis be treatd as peripheral neuropathy with Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG)? Is there hope of successfully fixing it?
Try urology: Traumatic nerve injury would not respond to IVIG treatment. For your particular condition, a urologist could probably help. ...Read more
None: IVIG is a generic replacement therapy, non specific, and will not stimulate the adaptive (specifgic) immune system ...Read more
Female, 30 years old, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) onset every year for the last 10 years. Each onset: immunoglobulin and oral prednisone, dexamethasone intravenous injection, injection of platelets. Any other solutions?
ITP: Your treatments do sound effective. I would also suggest a treatment to maintain a long-term response. I would see a rheumatologist. Rituxan has been used as well. ...Read more
IVIg, SCIg: Immunoglobulins are proteins that aour body produce with the major function of neutralizing microbes. They are also called antibodies. Some people are congenitally deficient and receive a concentrate of immunoglobulins prepared from blood donors. When given intravenously is called ivig, given subcutaneously is scig. Another function is anti-inflammation, and is used in autoimmune conditions. ...Read more
See details: That level is not extremely high, but why was the test ordered in the first place? You need to direct your question to the doctor who ordered the test in the first place. ...Read more
It's complicated: You can't purchase iga. Different types of interferon (ifn) are avaialble as medications to treat specific illnesses (alpha, beta.). Most of the type you don't want to "get some" IgA or ifn, you want to measure the levels of these things in your blood. This is a simple blood test that can be done at most labs. ...Read more
Manage your acne: Modestly elevated immunoglobulins in the absence of obvious systemic illness seldom mean anything. You can manage your acne like a grown-up. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician can add something that will help. If you have severe acne and are offered isotretinoin, please consider using it though it's not for the faint-hearted. Best wishes. ...Read more