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How can toxoplasmosis affect those with normal immune systems?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 11, 2007
  • 04:02 AM

Before, I say anything else, I'm not sick, and no one I know is sick. This is kinda a question related to a project/research I'm doing for something. I know my questions are kinda in depth, so if no one has answers, that's okay. ^^;

Right-o. Anyway, if people with normal immune systems can fight off toxoplasmosis, how do they know it's even there?

Is it ever possible for an immuno-competent person to develop a severe case of toxoplasmosis (requiring treatment)?

And what the heck is the difference between acute and latent toxoplasmosis?

Thanks,
Roxanne

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    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 01:21 PM
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  • Roxanne, I was diagnosed with toxo back in late nov/early december. About 5 years ago i went to opthamologist for exam and to get new glasses. The dr upon looking into my eyes saw something and decided to dilate and examine me. Upon looking he found scarring in my right eye, nothing was found in my left eye. He told me he believed that I had Histoplasmosis. I took on with that diagnosis and went about life normally. During the next year I had a few episodes of pretty substantial blurred vision, they would on the average last about a week or so. I lived through them and when it came time for eye exam the following year i went in. I told the dr that i had been diagnosed with histo and he dilated and examined. The scarring had gone into my left eye and the scars in the right eye had grown and there were more spots. I lived on and over the past couple of years had more episodes. The duration became longer, from 1 to 3 weeks. Finally i had enough frustration and in early nov of last year i made an appt with an opthamologist. Upon examination he determined that he thought that i may have toxo. He referred me to a retina specialist. There the diagnosis was confirmed. I am a healthy person. Have never had any health problems in my lifetime. I am not compromised in any way that the dr has found. Yet toxoplasmosis has traveled into my eyes and has caused significant scarring in both eyes. The right has more and the scars are extremely close to the optic nerve. I just recently completed a 6 week treatment of Bactrim. The dr is talking about prescribing Atovaquone to kill the eggs that are hiding within the scars.I have 6 weeks until my next appt to think and research this over. The med is quite expensive, although I do have insurance that will cover it. My copay will still be very high.Yes this is a long answer....but i believe that it answered at least 2 of your questions.Marie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 04:20 PM
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  • hi marie, i know you posted quite some time ago, but i only now found this. i also had toxo and have some questions for you or anyone else infected. i've been tested since first diagnosis (2003), and have come up negative. do you know if that means i'm clear or could it be dormant? i had heard that once you have it, you'll always have it???
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  • hi,i hope your eye has become better at this time.i will be grateful if you let me know process of treatment.my brother,he is 21,has got a problem with his eyes and has got a blurry visions.during previous 3 weeks has had antibiotics but there is no improvement. I was diagnosed with toxo back in late nov/early december. About 5 years ago i went to opthamologist for exam and to get new glasses. The dr upon looking into my eyes saw something and decided to dilate and examine me. Upon looking he found scarring in my right eye, nothing was found in my left eye. He told me he believed that I had Histoplasmosis. I took on with that diagnosis and went about life normally. During the next year I had a few episodes of pretty substantial blurred vision, they would on the average last about a week or so. I lived through them and when it came time for eye exam the following year i went in. I told the dr that i had been diagnosed with histo and he dilated and examined. The scarring had gone into my left eye and the scars in the right eye had grown and there were more spots. I lived on and over the past couple of years had more episodes. The duration became longer, from 1 to 3 weeks. Finally i had enough frustration and in early nov of last year i made an appt with an opthamologist. Upon examination he determined that he thought that i may have toxo. He referred me to a retina specialist. There the diagnosis was confirmed. I am a healthy person. Have never had any health problems in my lifetime. I am not compromised in any way that the dr has found. Yet toxoplasmosis has traveled into my eyes and has caused significant scarring in both eyes. The right has more and the scars are extremely close to the optic nerve. I just recently completed a 6 week treatment of Bactrim. The dr is talking about prescribing Atovaquone to kill the eggs that are hiding within the scars.I have 6 weeks until my next appt to think and research this over. The med is quite expensive, although I do have insurance that will cover it. My copay will still be very high.Yes this is a long answer....but i believe that it answered at least 2 of your questions.Marie
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  • Hi Roxanne / MarieI also have no other illnesses but Summer 2008 I was told I had Lymphona Cancer and after going through normal core biopsy etc went away to the Lab it came back saying I had Toxoplasmosis. I found this in the begining having a lump / s breast and under arm pit. I have been ill since sometimes worst than other times it all depends on how much I do and if i'm tied and over working myself I then find I have to sleep without any notice for a couple of days and then start again. I am hopeful that I am getting better. one of the main things I don't like is not being able to discuss with other poeple how I feel and thinking you are going mad because no one understands. ther than the dr saying you have to rest to get better
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 1, 2011
    • 11:26 PM
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