Laboratory Blood Test Results?
Hello,. I have checked with the lab, and the results are both (igG and igM) positive. Does that mean I am infected with dengue? Thank you ,.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Dengue fever is a disease caused by Dengue virus infection. This virus enters the human body through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Aedes albopictus mosquito, and gives the main symptoms of a fever that has a saddle pattern, or a fever on days 1-3, then the fever goes down on days 4-6, which is included in the phase critical, and fever again on days 7-9 as a healing period.
Regarding your question, there are various ways to diagnose someone with dengue fever. One of them is by examining IgG and IgM. IgG and IgM are basically our own immune system, which will be active when there is a certain disease that we are suffering from. For simplicity's sake, usually positive IgG is interpreted as a past infection or a sign that you have experienced this infection in the past. This is because at the time of infection, IgG has not yet been formed, and only began to appear some time later as a sign of the infection is complete.
Conversely, positive IgM is a sign that the infection is happening or has just recently occurred. It was said so, because IgM can remain positive for up to 2-3 months after contracting the disease. So in your case, with both of them positive, you were stated to have been infected with hemorrhagic fever in the last 3 months. Whether it happened exactly 3 months ago, 2 months ago, 2 weeks ago or is being exposed, cannot be distinguished without other information.
Other information that is in the form of symptoms, such as whether you are now having a fever, whether your platelet levels or blood platelets are down, and other blood tests such as hematocrit and leukocytes. This is important, because the results of IgM dengue fever can also be positive in other diseases such as chikungunya. Therefore, we suggest that you continue to consult the results of the lab with your doctor, so that a more thorough and total examination of you can be carried out, so that the complaints that you are experiencing right now can be clearly known whether it is indeed due to dengue fever, or there are other diseases . So, hopefully answering your question.