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Toxoplasmosis 9th Month
If I got toxoplasmosis today and I started medication a month later, could my baby be born ok? (3rd trimestre)
If I got toxoplasmosis when I was 6 mnths pregn, can my baby be ok? If not, can I still take medication so my baby is ok? Now im 7 months pregn
Toxo: How did you know that you had toxoplasmosis? I assume that diagnosis came from your doctor? If so, I would ask about it as soon as possible. If you did have toxoplasmosis there are medications that can be given, some of which depend on whether there are ultrasound findings. There is a possibility the baby can also become infected, so it's very important to see and talk to your doctor. ...Read more
If I got toxoplasmosis 2day & start medication a month later, would it work? Or would I need medication since moment of infection? How much time do I hav
Logic =??: If you get an infection, you have until you either recover from it or die from it to get it treated. Toxo does not bother most, except immune compromised or first trimester fetuses. Talk to your dr/ob about specific risks/benefits for your situation. ...Read more
I have had headaches for four months now. Bloodtest showed I have CMV and toxoplasmosis. I now feel very weird in my head. Should I get medicines?
Have or had???: Almost every adult will show positive igg antibody tests for CMV and many will also show positive igg for toxoplasmosis. Neither test means there is active disease. If either were igm it might suggest a recent infection. Discuss your results with your doctor & clear up the confusion. ...Read more
What are the chances of abortion if a pregnant woman gets toxoplasmosis during the very first month of pregnancy?
Varies: The risk is about 15% that the fetus will be infected if exposed in the first trimester. The earlier that the fetus is exposed, the more severe the results can be. The physician would be the best guide as to testing and treatment for an exposure. ...Read more
I have active CMV and toxoplasmosis with certain symptoms like weird headache and glands for a couple months. Are these infections dangerous?
Can be dangerous: Yes, these infections can be dangerous, especially in people with compromised immune systems (due to organ transplant, hiv, age, nutritional status, etc). Cmvcan feel like mononucleosis, but also imapired vision, diarrhea, pneumonia, seizures and coma; and toxoplasmosis: headache, seizure, fever muscle pain, . CMV usually has no symptoms except in immunocompromise - please see you doctor! ...Read more
Toxoplasmosis: IgG results positive156 - (igm negative - 0, 15 with lab range of less than 0, 9 = neg). Is this infection more than 4 months old?
Probably.: The immunology results you describe are most consistent with a remote infection - should not be a problem for a current pregnancy. Talk to your maternal-fetal medicine expert for additional details in your particular case, and avoid all contact with cat litter boxes throughout your pregnancy (and beyond). Also, avoid all undercooked meat! ...Read more
Rare infection: Toxoplasomosis is a rare infection that can cause problems if it occurs in pregnancy. The main source of toxoplasmosis in the United States is undercooked meat, not cats as everyone assumes. Outdoor cats that kill their own food may introduce toxoplasomosis into the home by passing the organism into their litter box. Indoor cats that consume food that is provided to them will not get toxo. ...Read more
Several ways: Cats are the definitive host for toxoplasmosis, that is, the sexual life cycle for the organism takes place in their intestines. The oocysts are then passed in the stool and become infectious to humans after a few days of maturing. Many people, however, acquire toxoplasmosis by eating undercooked meat that contain cysts in the tissues rather than from cat droppings. ...Read more
Cat feces: Litter boxes are the most obvious. Unfortunately, cats get around, so their feces are almost everywhere in soil. Cows can inadvertently eat cat feces when in pasture. You can get toxo from eating undercooked meat, drinking unpasteurized milk, or handling soil without gloves or washing hands. And, of course, from cleaning up after your cat. ...Read more
Toxoplasmosis: The vast majority of adults with primary toxoplasma infection have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, patients often complain of fevers, chills, and sweats in association with prominent enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck. Blood testing is needed for diagnosis. ...Read more
.2-1% per year: The chance of a women getting Toxoplasmosis during Pregnancy in the USA is estimated to be between 0.2% and 1%. Risks are increased by new exposure to cat feces, gardening and certain meats. If you are a cat lover, chances are you already have it. Its only worrisome if you acquire it the first time during pregnancy or if you are immune suppressed from HIV or an organ transplant. Bests wishes! ...Read more
Often asymptomatic: 70-90% of infants infected in utero are asymptomatic in newborn period but develop visual impairment, learning disability, and mental retardation become apparent several months to years later. Symptomatic infants present with rash, enlarged liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and microcephaly or hydrocephalus. ...Read more
Maturity helps: Yes, their brains are undergoing maturation especially during the first2-3 years of life thereby making them more susceptible. Alo they have not yet reached adult levels of immunity. Newborn babies are usually screened for toxo in most states because of their susceptibility. ...Read more
Parasite Infection: Infection with toxoplasma gondii can cause no symptoms or a range of problems; worse in those with weakened immune systems. The disease can affect the brain, lung, heart, eyes, or liver. If symptoms are present, t is treated with antibiotics and a medicine also used for malaria. If a baby is born with the infection, congenital changes occur so pregnant women are checked for this infection. ...Read more
Not generally: Toxoplasmosis is usually acquired from eating raw or undercooked meat or from cat feces in which the oocysts excreted from the feline GI tract mature to infected forms for humans. Once you get toxoplasmosis you may not have symptoms but the organism stays with you for a lifetime. It is conceivable that blood transfusion transmission may occur, or through needle exchange. ...Read more
People can get toxoplasmosis but not many are at risk. No treatment is needed if there are no symptoms and many never knew they had and cleared infection. Those at risk: 1. Hiv/aids 2. On steroids or other immunosuppressant drugs 3. On chemotherapy 4. During pregnancy:
avoid cat litter/ contaminated soil, undercooked meat. Cover kid's sand boxes, wash hands after cutting raw meat, screened if risk. ...Read more
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