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are there ways for the immune system to be re-programmed?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Yes & no: In some ways, your immune system gets "reprogrammed" every time we encounter a new germ by "learning" how to combat it so that it is eliminated better the next time it is encountered. This memory feature is harder to reprogram. Some memory fades over time (hence the need for booster shots); o/w immunosuppresants are used to dampen an unwanted response (as in preventing transplant rejection).
Answered on Sep 2, 2015
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergy shots can reprogram the immune system and turn off the production of allergic antibodies. Allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be used to treat allergy to insect venom stings and aeroallergens (pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mites etc.). Food allergy cannot be treated with allergy shots.
Nov 15, 2011
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune system: The only true way to re-program the immune system is with a bone marrow transplant that wipes out all the existing stem cells and then replaces them with donor stem cells.
Answered on Sep 28, 2013
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