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Medicine For Babesiosis
Babesiosis is a malaria-like parasitic disease caused by infection with babesia, a genus of protozoal piroplasms. after trypanosomes, babesia is thought to be the second most common blood parasites of mammals, and they can have a major impact on health of domestic animals in ...Read more
Babesia: Babesiosis is a malaria-like parasitic disease caused by infection with babesia, a genus of protozoal piroplasms. after trypanosomes, babesia is thought to be the second most common blood parasites of mammals, and they can have a major impact on health of domestic animals in areas without severe winters. ...Read more
Can babesiosis return after it was cured? My son has similar symptoms, but I'm hoping its the flu.
Yes: Although uncommon, babesia can recurr and may require multiple courses of treatment in select patients. He should see his doctor for a blood smear. ...Read more
Must be considered: Many patients with lyme disease have co-infections with babesiosis &/or bartonella. These can cause symptoms as or even more serious than lyme. Many lyme specialists feel it is impossible to effectively treat lyme unless you treat these co-infections & that the best strategy is to focus on treating the co-infections first. Babesiosis is easier to clear than lyme but is still a challenge to treat. ...Read more
Can a bad case of babesiosis still leave liver damage after 20 years and can alcohol make it worse at this point?
In the absence of overt allergic symptoms, does a high IgE level (600; normal 0-100) indicate a protozoal infection like trichomoniasis or babesiosis?
Usually not: First of all, the old biology-class story that "IgE fights parasites" isn't true; it's mostly about worms, not the protozoa you mention. Usually we never find the cause for a high IgE, though some folks with bad allergies run high levels and there are a handful of uncommon diseases where they run high. Best wishes. ...Read more
Increased (3x normal) kappa lambda chains with normal ratio. Recurring fever that goes away with plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Is this babesiosis, malaria or parasitic?
Kappa lambda chains:
You come with a question which still I do not have the correct answer. Went to Webb MD, searched all the possibilities and came with this response.
Do you have a copy of 'Understanding Serum Free Light Chain Assays' from the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)? It clearly goes into all aspects of the Bence Jones issue. Under the Serum Free Light Chain Assays: Normal Versus Abnormal it says:
"Normal levels of serum free light chains are*:
Kappa: 3.3 -19.4 mg/L*
Lambda: 5.7 -26.3 mg/L*
Kappa/lambda ratio: 0.26- 1.65
*NOTE: The units here are mg/L; different laboratories use different units It is important t double-check the units used when comparing numbers in lab values.
The Kappa/Lambda Ratio
1. The kappa/lambda ratio is as important for diagnosis and monitoring of myeloma as are the levels of kappa and lambda. 2. When the level of either kappa or lambda is very high and the other chain is normal or low, then the ratio is abnormal and indicates that the myeloma is active. 3. If levels of both kappa and lambda light chains are increased, the ratio may be within the normal range, and this generally indicates a disease other than myeloma, such as poor kidney function. When the kidneys are not working properly, both types of light chains are retained in the blood and are not removed by the kidneys. The result is increased levels of both kappa and lambda in the blood. In this situation, in general, the abnormally increased levels are not themselves a direct result of currently active myeloma. 4. If the kappa and lambda levels are both within the normal range, sometimes the ratio may be abnormal. In this situation there may be a persistent low level of active myeloma with excess production of the abnormal light chain. 5. A normal kappa/lambda ratio after treatment is particularly good remission and is termed a stringent complete response. Normalization of the kappa/lambda ratio correlates with possible longer remission and studies are in progress to investigate more about the nature of this relationship,
Yana, this comes directly from the afore named booklet. You can get a complete set of myeloma information from the IMF by going online and ordering it -- for FREE! Its a great resource and they have many other things relative to myeloma patients and carers -- the site is well worth a look!! I don't know if this answers your question, but its a good place to start. ...Read more
Tick borne disease: Lyme disease won't kill you, but can cause serious morbidity. Babesiosis on the other hand, can prove fatal. In fact, it's often referred to as 'malaria of the North East' since it's found in the Northeastern United States. If u think you've been bitten by a tick or have questions about tick borne diseases, it's good to see an Infectious Diseases doctor who's an expert in these types of infections ...Read more
Drugs frm India safe: F from US asks: Are the drugs from India as safe as the drugs from the U.S? ANS: Some are some are not and some dangerous. I do not recommend them unless all else has failed. You don't want to be playing "You bet your Life" with them. ...Read more
Ambroxol is a…: Mucolytic agent, i.e., it makes mucus & sputum thinner & less viscous (sticky) & therefore more easily removed by coughing; so it is beneficial in diseases associated with increased mucus production (acute/chronic bronchitis, copd). It also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. None of the articles I reviewed noted that this drug is not available in the us. Ask your fp/pharmacist. ...Read more
Urine testing is the: Most commonly used.Get a more detailed answer ›
Doubtful: Des has been off the market for decadesa and the structural anomalies are well defined. Talk them over with your doctor. ...Read more
A growing speciality: Anti aging medicine is really based around the goal of keeping individuals as healthy as possible. Not simply treating them when they are sick. This means paying particular attention to the current state of our health and how to make it better. Also look at less invasive ways of managing a person's health. It is fascinating. ...Read more
How can I increase my baby appetite, do I have to buy drug that increase my 1 year old baby appetite, he s active normal but I wish he eat more?
Depends: Depends on what type of IBS you have… Constipation type we have a few different medications, for diarrhea type there are fewer options. Before diagnosing yourself with IBS though, make sure you have colonoscopy and EGD and labs done and an examination as IBS is what we call a diagnosis of exclusion, where we "rule Out" other causes then call it IBS. ...Read more