The general blood test is considered to be the fastest, easiest and informative, as it gives enough extensive information about the state of human health. Different indicators of this analysis can tell a lot about what is happening in the body. However, some of his testimony can not give a detailed picture of what is happening, so if some indicators are slightly deviated from the norm, then the doctor directs to additional examinations. Especially this happens with the rate of erythrocyte sedimentation.
ESR is such an indicator by which it is possible to determine the speed of gluing together the erythrocytes and their rate of subsidence. Most often, a decreased or increased ESR causes a lot of questions from moms. They are interested in why their child's ESR has jumped or otherwise decreased.
The rate of erythrocyte sedimentation is considered to be a nonspecific indicator of a child's blood test. This means that ESR is an important enough indicator for the overall clinical picture, but it can not individually indicate the presence of any particular disease or pathology.
In medicine, it is known that the index of ESR varies depending on the sex and age of a person. Especially it concerns children. Up to sixteen years, the norm of ESR fluctuates and to find out if everything is in order in a child with blood and indicators, you should see a doctor.
Recently, the limit of up to twelve mm / g was considered the norm of ESR, but today this figure has reached fifteen mm / g for girls. If the indicator goes beyond this figure, then we can assume that the child has an increased rate of erythrocyte sedimentation.
First of all, you must understand that the increased ESR in children has nothing concrete about it. That's why if a doctor tells you about the presence of an inflammatory process and does not know which one, it's best to change the pediatrician. To date, unfortunately, many doctors associate increased ESR with an inflammatory process. But it is best not to start taking antibiotics, but to undergo additional studies that will dot all the points.
The index of ESR can be accelerated or slowed down by the influence of some changes in the child's small body. For example, the rate decreases with a decrease in albumin in the blood, with an increase in blood pH or with a decrease in its viscosity. But the increase in ESR with increasing amounts of fibrinogen, paraproteins, globulins and g-globulins.
If we speak in a language that the mother understands, their child may have an increase in ESR due to the course of the infectious and inflammatory process. In addition, ESR can increase due to acute or chronic infection, trauma, intoxication, allergic and autoimmune diseases and other. Pathology in the child's body can show other indicators of a general blood test. But most likely you as a mom and so will notice something wrong with some of the characteristic features. During the treatment of various diseases, a continuous blood test can show the dynamics of the course of the inflammatory process, and this is exactly what ESR indicates. If it decreases, it indicates a recovery or vice versa.
But the increased rate of erythrocyte sedimentation comes back to normal for quite a long time. Therefore, if a child has recently had an illness, then because of increased ESR, one should not panic. After the illness, this indicator comes back to normal about one and a half months.
Often a blood test is prescribed because of a suspicion of a disease. This disease can disprove or confirm the rate of erythrocyte sedimentation. However, it should go in conjunction with the rest of the analysis. The rate of ESR can be disturbed in such diseases as metabolic disorders, connective tissue diseases, anemia, myocardial infarction, lung cancer, intestines, brain, pulmonary tuberculosis, hemoblastosis and much more. If a doctor has some suspicion of a certain disease, he will prescribe a number of additional studies, namely a general analysis of urine and blood, biochemical analysis, ultrasound examination of internal organs, chest X-ray and others. Only after receiving the results of these tests the doctor will be able to confirm or refute the disease.
However, an infectious or inflammatory process is by far not the most common factor that affects the increase in ESR in the blood in a child. This indicator may go off scale for other reasons, which at first sight may seem completely harmless. For such reasons include a violation of the diet, especially if the diet increases the number of fatty foods and foods. It can also happen because of a lack of vitamins, helminthiosis, some medications, a period of teething in small children.
Separately, specialists highlight stress as a reason for increasing ESR in children. In case the baby is very strong and long crying, before giving an analysis, if it hurts very much when collecting blood, then this clearly indicates that the child is in a stressful situation. At this point, the index of ESR can also be increased. In addition, ESR can increase throughout the day.
Sometimes there are such cases that with this indicator the child is OK, but in violation of the rules of carrying out this analysis in the laboratory, the ESR can show false information.
Remember that in itself the increased rate of erythrocyte sedimentation does not indicate the presence of any dangerous process in the body. This indicator can cause anxiety only with illness or with specific complaints from the child. It is best always to focus on the state of health and the state of the child. And, of course, if a child eats well, looks cheerful and cheerful, sleeps well and does not complain about anything, then one should not look for diseases that do not exist in his body. And even more so with this condition there is nothing to treat increased ESR.
Increased ESR in the blood during pregnancy
During the entire course of pregnancy, the body of a woman suffers many specific physiological changes in all organs and systems. If the ESR index of a non-pregnant healthy woman is one, then in a pregnant woman this analysis will show a completely different. This is due to the fact that such changes are specifically aimed at creating the most favorable conditions for the future child to be born, and to ensure its growth and development.
With systematic blood testing, the attending physician receives a large amount of valuable information that relates to the state of health of the expectant mother. During pregnancy, which has no complications and proceeds normally, a blood test from the finger is taken at least four times. With this analysis, the expert pays great attention to the index of ESR.This indicator during pregnancy often increases by three times. This ESR persists for some time after delivery. The analysis of the blood of a non-pregnant woman shows the level of ESR within 15 mm / h. This value can increase due to inflammatory processes, various kidney diseases, tumors, anemia, bleeding, and much more. ESR can be reduced in women, if she prefers to eat vegetarian food or starve.
During the course of pregnancy, the level of ESR can both decrease and increase. However, this period also has its own norm. For pregnant women, it is 50 mm / h.
In the first five or six months of pregnancy a woman can observe a decrease in the rate of erythrocyte sedimentation. But it happens that some pregnant women during this period there is an increase in ESR.By the end of pregnancy, this indicator is significantly increased.
Sometimes it happens that for some reason the indicator of ESR in the laboratory is incorrectly determined, therefore it is recommended to conduct a repeated analysis in order to confirm or disprove the revealed disorders in the body.
Treatment of increased ESR
In order to reduce ESR it is not necessary to drink tablets, but you can just turn to folk medicine, where there are many recipes that help in this.
Below is a recipe that you need to apply first if you have a constant temperature, and yet you do not have any significant disorders in the functioning of the body.
To reduce ESR, you will need three small beets. First of all, they should be thoroughly rinsed and trimmed with tails. Then cook them for three hours. The water in which the beets were cooked must be filtered and then drunk fifty grams on an empty stomach in the morning, without getting out of bed. This is the position that is very important when applying this recipe. After you have drunk the beet juice it is necessary to lie still about half an hour. Keep the remaining juice in the refrigerator. If the juice began to sour, cook a new portion.
This drink should be drunk for seven days, then make a one-week break and repeat the course. After such treatment, take tests. In most cases, ESR decreases in half.