Typhidot Test (Typhidot Antibodies Test)
What is the typhidot test?
Typhidot antibody blood test is used to detect antibodies to S. typhi in the blood.
What is typhoid fever?
The organism which causes typhoid is called Salmonella typhi and the organisms that cause paratyphoid can be Salmonella paratyphi A or Salmonella paratyphi B or Salmonella paratyphi C. Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella typhi and grows in the intestine and blood. During infection, patients’ body produces antibodies against Salmonella typhi O and H. They are spread by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
The symptoms include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal problems. Some people may have the infection exhibiting no symptoms and can transmit the organism.
Paratyphoid fever is caused by any of the above organisms. These organisms usually grow in intestines and blood. They are spread by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. The symptoms of this fever include high fever, weakness, poor appetite, headache, and in rare conditions, skin rash may be developed with pink-colored spots, etc.
Usually, the symptoms are experienced after 6-30 days after exposure to the organism. In some rare conditions, individuals with the organism may not get affected and can spread it to others. Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers are group termed as Enteric fever.
Why typhidot test is recommended?
This test is performed to check the Salmonella species’ antibodies in the blood. It also helps to diagnose typhoid fever caused by microorganisms like Salmonella typhi, Salmonella paratyphi A, B, C. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms like fever, weakness, headache, loss of appetite, pink-colored spots, pain in abdomen, chills, nausea or vomiting, constipation, muscle weakness, skin rash, etc.
If an individual is on the treatment for typhoid and paratyphoid fever and using medications like ciprofloxacin, azithromycin, ceftriaxone, then the doctor may ask to perform this test to evaluate and to check the effectiveness of the treatment.
How often typhidot test is performed?
If you have been diagnosed with typhoid or paratyphoid fever, your doctor may advise you to get this test done once every 2 weeks based on your clinical condition.
- Overnight fasting is not required
- Doctor’s prescription may be needed
- The normal reference range may vary depending on gender, age, health history, etc.
- Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Typhidot Antibodies
Also known as, Anti Typhoid Antibodies Dot ELISA Blood, Rapid Typhoid Antibodies Dot ELISA Blood, Typhidot IgG IgM Dot ELISA Blood,
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