Flu And Sore Throat After Having A Cat?

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Hello, I have a question. 4 months I have a cat. After 1 month I had a cough, up to 3 months it didn’t get better after having a cat. R n r nThe 4th month I had a cold and sore throat. On the back of the head there is like a small lump, 1 week later it deflated. However, my flu and inflammation didn’t heal even though it’s been 2 weeks. R n r nWhat can be categorized as being infected with toxo, thank you.

1 Answer:

Hi Dyah,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

One of the diseases that need to be aware of for people who have cats is toxoplasmosis. This disease is caused by infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Transmission usually occurs when you are swallowed, whether intentionally or unintentionally, with cat feces in which there is a virus that causes toxoplasmosis. It could also occur due to consuming food or drink that is contaminated with the virus (for example, undercooked and poorly washed), using a knife or other cooking utensils that are contaminated with the virus, receiving blood transfusions or infected organ transplants, and through the transplacental route, namely from a pregnant woman to the fetus in her womb.


Most people with strong immunity do not show typical symptoms when experiencing toxoplasmosis. However, along with the development of the disease, flu-like symptoms can appear, namely fever, cough, runny nose, muscle and joint pain, headache, weakness, and so on. Your condition may be an early sign of toxoplasmosis.


However, you also need to know that many other conditions can also cause complaints as you experience, not only toxoplasmosis, for example:


Allergies (including allergies to fur or cat fleas)

Rhinosinusitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses)

Tonsillopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and tonsils)
Other viral or bacterial infections, including HIV, typhoid fever, syphilis, mononucleosis, and so on

Our advice, you don't worry too much before. Check your complaint directly to the doctor so that it can be followed up appropriately. If based on interviews and physical examination, the doctor suspects you have toxoplasmosis, then you may be advised to undergo a laboratory examination. Alternatively, your doctor may direct you to undergo x-rays or sputum tests to rule out other possible causes of infection.


In the meantime, you can do the following:

Take good care of your cat's hygiene
Check your cat's health regularly to the vet
Use gloves when in contact with cats, including areas that may be contaminated with cat feces
Make sure you cook your food thoroughly
Also make sure you process food using clean, well-washed equipment
To relieve complaints, get plenty of rest, drink more warm water, consume fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, don't smoke.
If you have a history of allergies to certain substances, avoid contact with these allergens as much as possible

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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