Special Report

Dangerous Conditions a Simple Blood Test Can Help Detect

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1. Allergies
> Common symptoms: Sneezing, watery eyes, hives, rash
> Confirmation tests: Allergy testing
> Treatment: Medication, immunotherapy

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2. Rheumatoid arthritis
> Common symptoms: Joint stiffness, fever, fatigue
> Confirmation tests: Test for antibodies, imaging tests, additional blood tests
> Treatment: Biologic agents, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, steroids

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3. HIV
> Common symptoms: Rash, swollen lymph glands, fever, weight loss
> Confirmation tests: ELISA test, saliva tests, viral load tests
> Treatment: Protease inhibitors (PIs), non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors

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4. Pulmonary embolism
> Common symptoms: Shortness of breath, chest pain, cough
> Confirmation tests: Chest X-ray, ultrasound, spiral CT scan

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5. Diabetes
> Common symptoms: Slow-healing sores, extreme hunger, thirst
> Confirmation tests: Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test, blood sugar test
> Treatment: Insulin, monitoring blood sugar

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