Archive for April, 2016

An abnormal Serology Test

medic-563425_1280Detection of antibodies from serological testing can be used to either diagnose an active or previous infection, or to determine if you are immune to reinfection by an organism. As the disease gets worse, more antibodies will be present. If a disease is suspected, the test may need to be repeated 10 days to 2 weeks after the first test.

If antibodies are found, you may:
Have a current infection.
Have been infected in the past.
Have immunity to a certain organism and are unlikely to become sick.

Some of the different diseases that can be detected include:
Amebiasis
Anthrax
Brucellosis
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Fungal infection
Measles
Rubella
RSV
Syphilis
Tularemia
Viral hepatitis (various types)

Additional conditions under which the test may be performed:
Amebic liver abscess
Fifth disease
Fungal arthritis
Meningitis, cryptococcal
Meningitis, H. influenza
Meningitis, meningococcal
Viral arthritis

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The Purpose of Serology Testing

laboratory-313867_1920A serology blood test is performed to detect and measure the levels of antibodies as a result of exposure to a particular bacteria or virus. When a person is exposed to bacteria or viruses (antigens), their body’s immune system produces specific antibodies against the organism. Antibody levels help physicians determine whether an infection occurred recently or years ago.

There are several types of serological tests that can effectively detect such antibodies. There are also several serology techniques that can be used depending on the antibodies being studied. These include: ELISA, agglutination, precipitation, complement-fixation, and fluorescent antibodies.

ELISA, or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, is a test that uses antibodies and color change to identify a substance. ELISA is a popular format of “wet-lab” type analytic biochemistry assay that uses a solid-phase enzyme immunoassay (EIA) to detect the presence of a substance, usually an antigen, in a liquid sample or wet sample.

Serological testing is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of viral diseases such influenza and measles, as well as of infectious diseases like mononucleosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Alleviate Common Spring Allergies

meadow-123280_1280Spring fever isn’t just a state of mind. For allergy suffers, the start of the spring season typically triggers an onslaught of allergy symptoms. The telltale signs include itchy, scratchy throat and ears, watery eyes, sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose. As flowers bloom and leaves grow, the pollen in the air can make it feel like it’s hard to breathe at times. There are two main causes of springtime allergies.

Tree Pollen:
Trees cause allergies because they produce small pollen cells that are light and dry, and can be carried far by the spring breeze. Eleven types of trees are common triggers of hay fever in spring, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Oak, Western red cedar, Sycamore,   Maple, Elm, Birch, Ash, Cypress, Walnut, Hickory and Poplar.

Mold:
Mold spores work in a similar way. Mold, such as yeast and mildew, releases seeds called spores that are carried by the wind. They’re very abundant in the air outside and tend to cause the worst allergy symptoms from spring through fall.

Relief:
For many, spring allergies begin as early as February and last all summer, while many suffer year-round. Stop the cycle with seasonal allergy testing kits. An allergist can help identity and treat your condition, keeping you symptom free and able to enjoy the outdoors once again!