If you are not pregnant and have a
immune system, you won't need treatment for
toxoplasmosis. Any symptoms that develop typically go
away on their own. But if you become infected while pregnant, you will need
treatment to try to protect your growing baby (fetus).
immune system of a fetus is not mature enough to fight
off a toxoplasmosis infection, antibiotics are needed to kill the parasite.
Infants who are treated before birth are more likely to be healthy after birth.
Newborns who are not diagnosed and treated until after birth have a higher risk
of brain and eye damage before birth or during the first 2 years of
If you are diagnosed with a new toxoplasmosis infection
during pregnancy, you will be treated with an antibiotic that targets infection
placenta. If further testing shows that your fetus is
infected, you will be given two antibiotics that are known to reduce the impact
of toxoplasmosis on the fetus.3 For more information,
see the Medications section of this topic.
fetal ultrasound testing early in a pregnancy shows
severe or life-threatening fetal problems. In such cases, parents may consider
ending the pregnancy.
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