When you encounter your first symptoms of coronavirus, understand that your immune system has taken the hit. Your Immune System which is composed of a complex set of systems works to protect your body from a wide variety of infections and diseases.
The Coronavirus is known to affect many different parts of your body, either directly or via its effect on your Immune System.
Your Immune System has two main parts: your Innate Immune System and your Adaptive Immune System.
When you are thinking of innate protection, think of the Innate immune system. The Innate Immune System comprises your skin, mucous layers, and stomach acids. It includes a range of specialist white blood cells like the Neutrophils, Eosinophils, and Basophils. These specialists are specifically developed to identify, hunt, and kill bacteria and viruses.
On the other hand, an Adaptive Immune System is responsible for a spectrum of functions one of which is the production of antibodies and other specialist white blood cells including Lymphocytes.
Measuring the presence of antibodies and also the number of Lymphocytes will again tell you how well your Adaptive Immune System has managed your Covid-19 infection.
Notwithstanding, there are several traits in your blood that measure your health and how your body has been affected by an infection or disease. These markers can be found in your blood and range from the different types of cells found there, their ratio of one to the others, as well as chemical markers which give insight into your physiological health and how your immune system has responded or would respond to infection.
This is why the IgG test is needed to test for Coronavirus.
What is an IgG?
An IgG provides long-term protection because it persists for months and years after the presence of the antigen that has triggered their production. IgG protects against bacteria, viruses, neutralizes bacterial toxins, triggers complement protein systems, and binds antigens to improve the cogency of phagocytosis.
What is an IgG test?
The IgG test is a simple blood test that measures the level of Immunoglobulin G antibodies in the blood.
IgG antibody testing measures antibody levels and provides a quantitative result that helps in the understanding of how an individual is recovering from Coronavirus.
Furthermore, the tests can be used to monitor a person’s immune response to vaccines and check a person’s antibody level to help analyze eligibility and potency for convalescent plasma donations.
Why carry out an IgG test?
- To see if a person has an infection or is protected from getting an infection.
- To help diagnose immunodeficiency
- It may be done as part of an evaluation for allergies or autoimmune conditions
How is an IgG test carried out?
Although this could be carried out with a “fingerstick” test, it could also be carried out by using a syringe to get samples from the patient’s vein by putting an elastic band (tourniquet) above the skin area, inserting a needle into the vein and pulling blood sample into a vial.
Where can I get an IgG test done?
Click the link below to book your IgG Quantitative Test today at Leicester Square Clinic.