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How does serum sickness relate to mononucleosis?

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Discuss the testing of heterophile antibodies including IM, Forssman antibodies, and serum sickness.

Can anyone provide any elucidation regarding this question?

too long to write out, seriously, look this up like we all had to:\
Start with Dr. Koop's site and go from there:
http://www.drkoop.com/ency/93/003347.html  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me about Serum Sickness?

A girl I knew at camp claimed she has it, and therefore was "allergic to nickel, adhesives and bug bites." When I looked it up, it said it had to do with an allergic reaction to some forms of drugs.

That girl was a hypochondriac! Serum sickness results from drug reactions, or from injections of horse serum, or other serums from nonhuman sources.
I am sure that girl got lots of attention from Mommy every time she got a scrape or a mosquito bite!  (+ info)

Has anyone ever heard of, or actually had "serum sickness"?

Could it be brought on by taking daily doses of acetatminophen with codeine?

Serum sickness is a response by your body to a medication. It can be an oral or injected med. Often, it causes a reaction in your body and your body views it as an offending substance. I had serum sickness from my Hepatitis B shots and it didn't occur until after the 3rd injection. I had hives, elevated liver enzymes, extreme fatigue, nausea and jaundice for 6 months which means my liver was giving me problems. I have recovered from this episode. Large doses of acetaminophen can cause liver problems as exhibited by elevated liver enzymes, sometimes some abdominal pain and nausea. Go to WebMd and research symptom checker and see what comes up with your symptoms.  (+ info)

Has anyone else had a child suffer from Serum Sickness?

My son is so miserable. I cannot imagine him being in this much pain for 2 more weeks.

Yes, serum sickness, although manageable, can become serious in some senses...of course, this depends on the serum/sera administered to the patient.

But in most, if not all, cases, an immunity would be mounted towards the "foreign serum" in the patient's body, which is the reason why symptoms of serum sickness present in a patient, with pain and malaise (general feeling of discomfort) being some of the front runner symptoms.

It may look bad now, but your son will definitely recover from this, especially if your physician gives you the anti-serum for the serum that caused the sickness (I assume this might be for passive immunization of some sort because this is one case where foreign serum is used to battle, say, a toxin).

I wish your son a speedy recovery.  (+ info)

Yellow jacket stings/serum sickness?

Last Monday, which is 12 days ago now, the phone guys were over at our house. While walking back from the side of the house to show them where the phone lines entered the house I accidentally stepped on a ground nest of yellow jackets. I was walking at a pretty brisk pace and by the time I felt the first sting I looked down and there were at least 20 of them on my bare legs, my socks and shoes. Another 20 were flying around me. Aggressive little buggers. Anyway, about an hour later I noticed hives all up and down my arms. Odd, since I was stung mostly in the legs.I never had hives from being stung before, though I heard you can become allergic later in life. Also it could be because I was stung 6 times or so. Anyway, I got some Benadryl and by night time the hives were gone. Never had any problem with my breathing. Flash forward to yesterday, 11 days after being stung, and two rashes appeared around the sting sites on my legs. They itch like crazy! I did some research online and found out this may be something called serum sickness? Apparently people can get serum sickness from bee stings or medication injections up to two weeks after being stung or given a shot. All the online things say it goes away on its own. I hope so. Anyone heard of this before? Also, what can I do about the itching? Hydrocortizone cream does NOTHING! Maybe take some more Benadryl?

Serum sickness, as you have found out, is very much like an allergic reaction. It's a type III hypersensitivity reaction to the proteins in antisera or bee venom. But you haven't described the other symptoms typical of serum sickness. If Benadryl, Calamine lotions, Aveeno oatmeal bath or other antihistamines don't relieve the itching, speak to your doctor about a prescription antipruritic like Atarax.  (+ info)

what is serum sickness?

ive heard of people being born with this but what is it?

Look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serum_sickness  (+ info)

Amoxicillin - serum sickness?

I've had an adverse reaction to Amoxicillin. I broke out in a rash 3 days after taking it and broke out in a rash, had joint pains and throbbing headaches. I was prescribed prednisolone and was told to take an antihistamine for 5 days and felt OK for a few days after coming off the steroids despite waking up with a headache each day.

Yesterday I had a full blood, urine and chest x-ray which was fine after seeing my doctor and explaining that I had joint pain, thirst, a heavy chest and headaches and i couldnt feel my lips properly.

I was just wanting to hear from anyone who has had "serum sickness" before and how long it took to get over it and whether you had any lasting effects.

Please don't post any wikipedia articles, I would just like to hear from people who've recovered from it. Thanks.

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wat is serum sickness?

Serum sickness is a reaction to proteins in antiserum derived from an animal source. It is a type of hypersensitivity, specifically immune complex hypersensitivity (type 3).

The term serum sickness–like reaction (SSLR) is occasionally used to refer to similar illnesses that arise from the introduction of certain non-protein substances


Serum sickness can be developed as a result of exposure to antibodies derived from animals. These serums are generally administered in order to prevent or treat an infection or envenomation. When the antiserum is given, the human immune system can mistake the proteins present for harmful antigens. The body produces antibodies, which combine with these proteins to form immune complexes. These complexes can cause more reactions, and cause the symptoms detailed below. Serum sickness can also be caused by several drugs, notably penicillin based medicines. This result in hypocomplementemia, a low C3 level in serum.  (+ info)

How long after applying a serum should i apply a moisturizer?

So im currently using this serum for my face. So should i moisturize after i apply it on or not. If so how long should i wait to apply the moisturizer on or do i just apply the moisturizer straight after i apply the serum. Is it safe to do this? Will the moisturizer mix with the serum and make it worse? Im planning on using Cetaphil moisturizer because thats the only one that i have used before

you should put it on right after its how iv all ways done it and my face is clear plus my boyfriend Always tells me how soft it is!!  (+ info)

What is the difference between serum ferritin and serum iron?

When people refer to low iron does that normally mean the serum iron or serum ferritin levels? my last levels were 11 for serum iron and 35 for serum ferritin. is this low? I have been on iron tablets for 3 months from the doctor

Can't really help without the units you are measuring your levels in but here goes........

Iron is needed to help form adequate numbers of normal red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron is a critical part of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that binds oxygen in the lungs and releases it as blood travels to other parts of the body. Low iron levels can lead to anemia, in which the body does not have enough red blood cells. Other conditions can cause too much iron to accumulate in your body. This can produce damage to several organs, including the liver, heart, and pancreas.
Iron status is evaluated by several tests that are not always run together. These include:

Serum iron - measures the level of iron in the liquid part of your blood.

Serum ferritin - reflects the amount of stored iron in your body; ferritin is the main storage protein for iron inside of cells.

Transferrin is the protein that transports iron from the gut to the cells that use it. Your body makes transferrin in relationship to your need for iron; when iron stores are low, transferrin levels increase and vice versa.

Check this link about blood tests - iron testing is on 2nd page:
www.pjonline.com/pdf/cpd/pj_20040403_clinicaltesting02.pdf  (+ info)

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