My doctor wants to ask. Most likely I have Toxoplasma from junior high school. Now I’m 25 years old. And already married. Can I have a healthy and healthy offspring while I have never checked about toxo. I know I have toxo when I check my eyes. Please help answer.
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Toxoplasmosis is the name of the disease caused by infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite often infects and resides in pets such as cats and birds. This parasite can also be found in infected cat feces, even the flesh of infected animals. So that among the risk factors for toxoplasmosis are:
Eating unwashed fruit and vegetables Consuming contaminated water Putting hands that are contaminated with soil or cat litter in the mouth Eating raw or undercooked meat Using cooking utensils contaminated with infected meat Having pets such as cats or birds Drinking infected raw goat milk
Regarding handling itself, in healthy adults this disease is actually not dangerous and does not cause any symptoms and does not require special treatment. Toxoplasma becomes dangerous when it infects women who are planning or pregnant, because toxoplasma infection is also infection with other types of diseases that fall into the TORCH category (Toxoplasma, Other, Rubella, CMV, Herpes), which can cause congenital defects in the fetus that the woman is carrying. However, this only applies to women who were infected during pregnancy so that the infection is also transmitted to the fetus. In your question, if indeed the infection has passed and you already have immunity to the disease, of course it is very likely that you have normal offspring. This does not mean that people who have suffered from toxoplasma will be forever sentenced to have offspring with certain diseases.
But our advice, because as we have mentioned above that pregnant women, who must be aware of not only toxoplasma but everything in TORCH, if you are planning to become pregnant, you should first consult an obstetrician and do a TORCH test first to find out whether you are infected with another disease or not. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa