COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that affects everyone differently. For those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or who come in close contact with someone recently diagnosed, monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment may decrease the severity and duration of the infection. Ascada Health in Fullerton, California, has been at the forefront of COVID-19 diagnosis and care since the start of the pandemic. The highly skilled team provides mAb treatment to those who qualify. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to see if you qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment.
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment provides your body with the antibodies to help fight off the germs your body can’t combat on its own. Currently, mAb treatments are used to treat the virus that causes COVID-19 — severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Normally, your immune system has its own set of antibodies to fight off infections. However, because the virus that causes COVID-19 is new (novel), you may not have the ability to protect yourself from the virus or serious symptoms.
The mAbs used for COVID-19 treatment are made in a lab and administered directly into your body through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm or as an injection. The mAb treatment provides your body with the defense system it needs to stop the spread of the virus, potentially preventing serious symptoms.
The team at Ascada Health determines if you’re a candidate for mAb treatment after a health screening through telemedicine. They take into consideration your age, health history, diagnosis, and how long you’ve had symptoms.
They may consider you a candidate for the COVID-19 treatment if you're at risk of developing serious symptoms or you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days and have symptoms.
They also provide mAb treatment if you’re at risk of getting life-threatening symptoms and were in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Ascada Health also does COVID testing.
The team provides monoclonal antibody treatment at the office through an infusion. While you sit in the treatment chair, your provider inserts an IV line in your arm and starts your mAb treatment.
Your monoclonal antibody treatment takes about an hour. Once you complete treatment, the team has you stay at the office for an hour so they can monitor for side effects. The team then sends you home.
Though results vary, most people experience improvements in their COVID-19 symptoms after mAb treatment. The Ascada Health team provides specific guidelines for at-home care, including how long you need to remain in isolation.
To see if you’re a candidate for monoclonal antibody treatment, call Ascada Health or schedule your telemedicine screening online today.