General body fitness is determined the biochemistry of important biological components. Maintaining a homeostatic environment is work to the body and fluctuations in any of the biomolecules could mean an unhealthy and unfit body system. As a result there are many tests carried out to determine your health state when you visit a hospital.
Immunoglobulin G is one of the major antibodies in human plasma, its structure is such that there are two light chains and two heavy chains for every monomeric IgG; it also has 2 antigen binding sites per molecule. Because of its functionality, it is the most abundant antibody in tissue fluids.
Top pharmaceutical companies have been able to create IgG to be used for research purposes only. IgG prescribed by your doctor is from humans and helps to treat underlying health conditions. There are many situations that warrant introduction of this antibody into the body and they include:
- Weak Immune System
A weakened immune system is caused by diseases that compromise the ability of the body to fight off infections and parasites. When your immune function is compromised, you need a boost for healthy life that will get you to eat and exercise for fitness. To reduce the risk of infections, Immunoglobulin G is introduced to the body intravenously. The IgG from healthy human blood boosts the compromised immune system thus the body is able to fight disease causing agents.
- Treatment of Blood Disorders
Most blood disorders are congenital and hereditary. They may not be caught or diagnosed early as some stay dormant but triggered later in life by an environmental or biological agent. Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura- ITP is one of the blood disorders treated and managed by Immunoglobulin G. it increases blood count of platelets. The platelets are vital for blood clotting stopping bleeding. Without the platelets, death occurs fast. Therefore introduction of IgG intravenously is important.
Blood vessel; coronary artery disorders like Kawasaki Syndrome are also treated by this antibody.
- Treatment of Muscle conditions
Muscle weakness classified as multifocal motor neuropathy is a rare disease that affects the muscle nerves weakening them and making them non responsive to any sensation. It’s treated by intravenous injection of IgG into the body. Slow injection into the veins or under the skin is the mode of delivery for the medication.
Side effects expected as a result of the treatment; joint pains, fevers, nausea, flushness e.t.c are manageable. The medication is always introduced after triaging patients’ weight, condition and their response to treatment.
Many people do not get vaccinated at infancy and get viral infections later in life. To prevent this, Immunoglobulins are introduced into the body through intramuscular channels. Hepatitis A, measles, Rubella and chicken pox are managed by vaccination with this antibody. Getting any of these infectious diseases when one is an adult is almost impossible to treat and the severity is tragic.
The dosage and schedule of injections depend on patients’ medical condition, response to treatment and weight. Travelling to areas prone with any of this diseases require vaccination for a boosted immunity and minimal chances of getting sick.
In conclusion , IgG treatment for this conditions will get a patient back to good health and they will be able to leads a fit life as they will be able to exercise and live longer.
Monday Miller is an Immunologist who’s done a lot of research on the functions and structure of Immunoglobulins. She backs up the use of Immunoglobulin G for treatment of immunocompromised patients and conditions affecting the circulatory system.