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Positive for EBV is it possible the virus could enter nerve cells and t cells and nk killer cells could mistakenly attacks those nerve cells?

Positive for EBV is it possible the virus could enter nerve cells and t cells and nk killer cells could mistakenly attacks those nerve cells?

HIghly unlikely: If you meant your ebv antibody titer is high, that is a very nonspecific finding unless the antibody is igm. Most healthy people have positive ebv titers and thus the probability is highly unlikely. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Ebv positive could the virus got into my nerve cells as I felt my body being attacked I have so many symptoms like its killed my nervous system?

Ebv positive could the virus got into my nerve cells as I felt my body being attacked I have so many symptoms like its killed my nervous system?

EBV: Member of herpes virus family and one of the most common viruses in human. Worldwide virus and most people become infected during their life. Have an unique ability to infect, activate and persist in latent form on b lymphocytes for the duration of the infected individual's lifetime. Implicated in CNS infections and even possibly multiple sclerosis. See a neurologist for a better assessment. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis by an ENT, a virus caused it, can the virus stay forever and continue to attack the nerve? Or it dies?

I was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis by an ENT, a virus caused it, can the virus stay forever and continue to attack the nerve? Or it dies?

Many stay: Many viruses that can cause this are so called stealth organisms, that lay dormant in your body and come out at times of stress like the ebstein barr and herpes virus. when you get an attack, you take a course of steroids, I like to give valtrex (valacyclovir) as an anti viral ...Read more

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How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves? If it happens what to do?

How to determine if shingles or some herpes virus is affecting the cranial nerves? If it happens what to do?

See your doctor: This partly duplicates another question. See that reply. There isn't enough info here (e.g. what symptoms you are having) to say anything more. See your primary care doctor if you have continuing symptoms that concern you. ...Read more

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Is rabies post exposure prophylaxis effective even after the virus has entered peripheral nerves?

Is rabies post exposure prophylaxis effective even after the virus has entered peripheral nerves?

Always do It: Yes it can work! No matter how long after a suspected bite, rabies vaccination should be given. If recent, washing the wound thoroughly decreases the virus count dramatically. If it is less than 7 days, rabies Immune Globulin around the wound. Always, begin Rabies Vaccine series (4 shots over 14 days or 5 shots over 30 days immunosuppressed) and shots no longer painful or given in the abdomen! ...Read more

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Is rabies vaccine only effective if antibodies develop before virus reaches nerves? Or is it effective if antibodies develop before reaching CNS?

Is rabies vaccine only effective if antibodies develop before virus reaches nerves? Or is it effective if antibodies develop before reaching CNS?

No, Vaccines are: Given before infection occurs to protect people working with animals, labs, travelers to a remote area that may have potential exposure to animals that can be rabid, and also after exposure to a potentially rabid animal where saliva and skin laceration occurs. They are just given at different interval sequencing. Both types of prophylaxis is protective against potential exposure to the virus. ...Read more

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How does the virus attack and spread?

Viral infection: Viruses cannot live independently. They invade our cells and alter the metabolism of the cells such that the virus can replicate itself using the cell's resources and energy and often resulting in cell death, with release of virus particles that go on to infect other cells. ...Read more

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Do different viruses ever attack each other? If you got sick from 2 viruses that infected the same kind of cells would they just ignore each other?

Do different viruses ever attack each other? If you got sick from 2 viruses that infected the same kind of cells would they just ignore each other?

Unlikely: Part of our modern viral treatments comes from recognizing that they can generate a protein called interferon, which blocks the competing virus.When you get a virus, it is as if every room (cell) in your hotel (body)was taken over by the virus, There is actually some interferon lingering after your virus fades, which allows you some time to recover. ...Read more

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Can viruses ever do anything good for your body? Are there any beneficial viruses? Do they all just attack your cells?

Can viruses ever do anything good for your body? Are there any beneficial viruses? Do they all just attack your cells?

Depends: This depends on what you consider a benefit. We take measles/mumps and rubella viruses, weaken them to the point they can do no harm and use the resultant material as a vaccine, against the natural viruses. We do the same with flu virus, but the injected material is dead. Many of the minor virus infections we have help build antibodies that cross protect against other similar germs. ...Read more

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What are some viruses that directly attack the immune system?

What are some viruses that directly attack the immune system?

Complicated: But an example would be HIV (the virus which causes aids), or its relatives like htlv (human lymphotropic viruses), which directly attack cells which are a direct part of our immune system. Other viruses may attack organs like the spleen which are necessary for immune function. ...Read more

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What condition involves a virus attacking the nervous system?

What condition involves a virus attacking the nervous system?

Risks abound: Very common for viral infection of the nervous system to be acquire by mosquito or other insect bite. Less commonly people to people transmission, such as Ebola virus. ...Read more

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Do all asthma attacks have "triggers" like viruses, cold air, smoke, etc?

Do all asthma attacks have "triggers" like viruses, cold air, smoke, etc?

Reactive airways: Asthma, by definition is reactive airways. So it's reacting to something. But often times, we have difficulty narrowing it down to figure out exactly what it is. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the most common victims of the ebola virus and how does it attack and spread?

Doctors, what are the most common victims of the ebola virus and how does it attack and spread?

At this point: The most common victims are people in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone.Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. ...Read more

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Any description of the ebola virus and scientific details on how it attacks the human cells as different from other viruses?

Any description of the ebola virus and scientific details on how it attacks the human cells as different from other viruses?

Ebola Virus: See: http://www. Phac-aspc. Gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng. Php *”Ebola virions enter host cells through endocytosis and replication occurs in the cytoplasm. Upon infection, the virus affects the host blood coagulative and immune defense system and leads to severe immunosuppression”. ...Read more

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Can a reactivation of shingles last for a lifetime, and the virus jumps from nerve to nerve slowly? Or it always lasts 2-4 weeks?

Can a reactivation of shingles last for a lifetime, and the virus jumps from nerve to nerve slowly? Or it always lasts 2-4 weeks?

PHN?: Second outbreaks can occur, but each outbreak generally lasts a maximum of 3-4 weeks. There is no such thing as a lifelong shingles outbreak or "jumping from nerve to nerve". However, post-herpetic neuralgia, or PHN -- nerve pain following a shingles outbreak -- can persist for months or years. Discuss with your doctor if you have continuing pain in an area of previous shingles. ...Read more

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What is a virus that attacks the bones and the eyes?

What is a virus that attacks the bones and the eyes?

Lyme disease: There are many things that can cause issues in the bones, joints, and eyes (Lyme, Babesiosis, Sarcoidosis). What particular issue do you have in your bones? ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more