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I'm worried that this little kitty could have given me toxoplasmosis, but i'm not pregnant?

I'm worried that this little kitty could have given me toxoplasmosis, but i'm not pregnant?

Pregnant Moms only: Toxoplasmosis generally causes no harm to non-pregnant females, only to pregnant moms to be and fetus'. It is transmitted to humans through emptying the litter box, which we ask pregnant moms to avoid. A blood test called a torch titer can identify antibodies/infection in pregnant moms. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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I am 11 weeks pregnant and accidentally ate a few bites of an undercooked hamburger. Should i be worried about toxoplasmosis?

I am 11 weeks pregnant and accidentally ate a few bites of an undercooked hamburger.  Should i be worried about toxoplasmosis?

Would worry: More about e. Coli. Only if the hamburger came from a toxoplasmosis infected cow which is less likely than e. Coli but wouldn't be overly anxious. See your doctor immediately if you develop any gastrointestinal symptoms over the next few days. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant and worried about eating salad from a restaurant because of toxoplasmosis. Should i avoid salad because if this? Is it common?

8 weeks pregnant and worried about eating salad from a restaurant because of toxoplasmosis. Should i avoid salad because if this? Is it common?

Chill: If you are buying your food from a reputable place or eating at reputable establishments (most cities rate restaurants for cleanliness and codes compliance), it is unlikely you are going to get a disease from a salad. Although weird things occasionally do happen, you cannot go through this pregnancy freaked out about every "possible" exposure. Chill! ...Read more

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How is toxoplasmosis treated in pregnant women?

How is toxoplasmosis treated in pregnant women?

Antiparasitic Meds: Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite, and as such, is treated during pregnancy with anti-parasitic medication. Pyrimethamine is one option; if one is treated with Pyrimethamine during pregnancy, it is important to also supplement with folinic acid, since Pyrimethamine is a folate (folic acid) antagonist. Your doctor can work with you to determine the specific anti-parasitic to use. ...Read more

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Do you have to get toxoplasmosis testing while pregnant?

Do you have to get toxoplasmosis testing while pregnant?

Not routine: Pregnant women are not generally routinely screened for toxoplasmosis during pregnancy unless there is exposure and symptoms. However, individual practice policy may vary. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis and pregnant . Help me figure out if my baby is affected.?

Visit your MD: The only way to tell is to get blood work to check "titers, " or antibody levels to toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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If i have a cat in the house, should i take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

If i have a cat in the house, should i take the toxoplasmosis test before deciding to get pregnant?

Recommendations: Give the cat box cleaning job to someone else if you become pregnant. Avoid contact with the feces. Testing is not likely to be of value. ...Read more

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Why is toxoplasmosis so harmful in pregnancy?

Toxo & pregnancy: Any infection during pregnancy is concerning because there are two individuals to be concerned about. Although your immune system is functional, the baby's is not so the infection can be more severe in them and also affect the developing tissues and organs. So follow with your physician closely. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more