A 45-year-old member asked:
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does having an overactive immune system mean i'm more susceptible to germs/infections? (i'm told i have no autoimmune disorders, only overactive immune system- cfids) i take no meds

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Possibly: The term is broad, but if there is inflammation, an infection may be more likely. You may upload your lab reports for a second opinion health tap virtual consult. This may provide additional information to you and your physician.
Answered on Jul 27, 2019
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Wouldn't think so: The immune system when active prevents germs from hurting you. If it is truly out of control you may have autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, autoimmune thyroid disease. Saying your system is overactive may be a crude explanation for allergies (which involve other parts of the immune system). Without reviewing all the data it is hard to be sure what they mean.
Answered on Aug 1, 2019

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