Rubella or German measles is a viral infection which is caused by a virus known as rubella virus. A patient who has rubella virus in the body develop red rashes, swollen lymph nodes, runny nose, mild fever, headache, and joint pain. Rubella is a kind of droplet infection.
The test helps to detect rubella infection and two main antibodies that are required to check the viruses- IgG and IgM. This test can help in confirming the presence of Rubella infection in the body. This test helps to determine the presence of the infection in the patient or to determine if the patient was infected by this in the past.
Pregnant women should go for the Rubella (German measles) virus IgG and IgM antibody test to check the immunity towards the Rubella infection.
Procedure of the Rubella (German measles) virus IgG and IgM antibody test
The doctor or a specialist might ask the patient about the symptoms and medical history
The area or surface, from which the blood is to be drawn, is cleaned with the help of an antiseptic
The blood test is conducted by the specialist with the help of Venipuncture in which blood is taken from the veins
The specialist then applies a bit of pressure on the area for an easy flow of blood
Cotton or gauze is used to stop bleeding
Blood is then sent to the laboratory, for testing, within two hours of collection
Why get tested?
The rubella blood test helps the doctor to check if a patient has rubella virus. Antibodies help in fighting infection and keep a person away from illness. If IgM antibody is detected then it confirms that a patient has rubella infection and an immediate treatment should be done. In case, the IgG antibody is detected then it means the patient might have Rubella infection in the past or has been given vaccination for the Rubella infection. If neither IgG nor IgM antibodies are detected, then the patient is not infected by Rubella infection.
Pregnant women who are in their first trimester should go for the test to check the presence of the Rubella virus in the fetus as it may lead to complication during the growth of the fetus.
This test includes
Rubella - IgG
Rubella - IgM
A patient should stop taking medicines before the test
One should not consume alcohol before the test
Inform the doctor about any other symptoms or health issues before the test
The patient should inform the doctor about the medical condition and symptoms
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