The Coombs test is a blood test that checks for antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are proteins that the body produces in response to a foreign substance, such as bacteria or a virus.
There are a few different diseases that can be diagnosed with a Coombs test.
- One is autoimmune hemolytic anemia, which is when your body produces antibodies that attack your red blood cells. This can cause severe anemia and may require treatment with steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs.
- Another disease that can be diagnosed with a Coombs test is immune thrombocytopenic purpura, which is when your body produces antibodies that attack your platelets. This can cause easy bruising and bleeding and may require treatment with steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs.
The test is usually ordered when someone has a positive blood test for another autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The Coombs test can also be ordered if someone has symptoms of anemia, such as fatigue or shortness of breath.
The normal range for the Coombs test is 0 to 4 units/mL.
Some general tips that may help to lower Coombs test levels include:
-Avoiding medications or supplements that can cause an immune response or trigger the production of antibodies.
-Eating a healthy diet and maintaining good nutrition.
-Exercising regularly and keeping stress levels low.
-Working with a healthcare professional to identify any underlying health conditions that may be contributing to the elevated Coombs test level.
Yes, the Coombs test is safe. There are no known side effects and it is a very reliable way to diagnose certain blood disorders.
There are a few things you should do before having a Coombs test. First, tell your doctor about any medical conditions you have and any medications you are taking. You should also let your doctor know if you have ever had a reaction to any blood tests.
Finally, be sure to arrive on time for your appointment. The Coombs test is usually done as an outpatient procedure, so you will likely be able to go home afterward.
No, fasting is not required for the Coombs test.
Yes, home sample collection is available for the Coombs Test. One can opt for home collection while booking a test through Max Lab.
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