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My sons IgE level has been high for 3 years the highest it's been was 30, 000 which they found toxocara but its still 3, 100 is that a concern.

My sons IgE level has been high for 3 years the highest it's been was 30, 000 which they found toxocara but its still 3, 100 is that a concern.

High IgE: It can be from a persistent parasitic infection or other causes, but 3000 is still high, you need to follow up with his infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How to prevent infection of toxocara in a toddler becasue has been incontact with a street cat and lick his hands after?

How to prevent  infection of toxocara in a toddler becasue has been incontact with a street cat and lick his hands after?

Good question : Passing this infection is rare, but possible. See your doctor to discuss the details of the exposure, and catch the cat for testing, if possible. All feral animals and many of our pets can carry transmissible disease. I once had a 4 year old girl blow a roundworm out of her nose. Your doctor will present prophylactic therapy options, pro & con. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could absent seizures be autoimmune? My son had toxocara and mono. And he has hashimoto thyroid with eosinophilia

Could absent seizures be autoimmune? My son had toxocara and mono. And he has hashimoto thyroid with eosinophilia

See below: Seizures can be associated with manifestations of certain autoimmune diseases, but the patients are typically gravely ill when this is occuring. Confer your neurologist about your concerns. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxocariasis?

What are the symptoms of toxocariasis?

Toxocariasis: The clinical manifestation categories are visceral larva migrans (vlm) and ocular larva migrans (olm). Vlm occurs primarily in young children and results in pneumonitis and hepatitis. Symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, malaise, irritability, hepatomegaly, respiratory symptoms, and skin lesions. Olm commonly presents with unilateral visual impairment. ...Read more

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How do you get toxocariasis?

How do you get toxocariasis?

Eating Toxocara eggs: Toxocariasis is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world. It is acquired by ingesting the embryonated eggs or larvae of the toxocara parasite which comes from dogs or cats. After accidentally ingesting the eggs, the larvae hatch in the small intestine, penetrate the intestinal wall & travel into the bloodstream, to the liver, lungs, muscles, eye and central nervous system. ...Read more

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How to know if I have toxocariasis blindness?

How to know if I have toxocariasis blindness?

Specialties: An ophthamologist, in concert with an infectious disease specialist, should be helpful in confirming or disconfirming your areas of concern. ...Read more

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How long after ingestion of parasites does it usually take for someone to show symptoms of toxocariasis?

How long after ingestion of parasites does it usually take for someone to show symptoms of toxocariasis?

Difficult to say: The best evidence comes from measuring larvae in the organs (liver, brain, eye) of mice after feeding them toxocara eggs. The liver may be infected as soon as 7 days after ingestion. The brain takes longer & the eyes are the last to be infected. Infection is more likely with frequent ingestion of large amounts of eggs. Many people never get infection after ingestion.Some may become ill years later. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for getting serious parasite like toxocariasis? I live in the UK, I rarely am in contact with animals is risk still high ?

What are risk factors for getting serious parasite like toxocariasis?  I live in the UK, I rarely am in contact with animals is risk still high ?

Clean all produce: Toxoplasma may be acquired from eating produce contaminated by feces of animals specially cat way to eradicate is to clean through all produce and vegetables. Do not drink contaminated water. Cook meat thoroughly specially beef and pork. Good luck. ...Read more

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I accidentally might have ingested tiny amounts of dried dog stools.I am worried about toxocariasis and baylisascaris procyonis and am in indiaplshelp?

I accidentally might have ingested tiny amounts of dried dog stools.I am worried about toxocariasis and baylisascaris procyonis and am in indiaplshelp?

Dog stool: In theory, the GI system is not truly inside the blood stream. Thus, any parasites might not be able to penetrate into the blood stream. You will just have to wait and see-- report any vision changes to your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more