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I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

Likely Not: Only if you also have an immunodeficiency on top of the autoimmune disease. It might also depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Speak with your rheumatologist and consider seeing an immunologist. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more

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What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

ESR: Esr is erythrocyte a sedimentation rate. It is an inflammatory marker and indicates degree or level of inflammation and used as a guide for inflammation in diagnosis and follow up for response to treatment. It is a non specific marker and is elevated in inflammatory, infectious, auto immune and other disorders. Esr is always evaluated in conjunction with one's symptoms, signs and disease. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a fungal infection?

What sort of disorder is a fungal infection?

Infection: Fungal infections can occur on the skin (ringworm, some diaper rashes, athlete's foot, others), on nails, in the genitals (yeast infections), in the mouth (thrush), or less commonly internal organs. Different fungi come from different places, they have different symptoms, and are treated different ways. Some require only a cream, some oral medication, and some IV medication. ...Read more

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I had fungal infection for which I was using some cream. Now the area has become very sticky and red. Is it any other diesease?

I had fungal infection for which I was using some cream. Now the area has become very sticky and red. Is it any other diesease?

Yes, allergic: Reaction to cream or more aggressive form of disease. Why did you get a fungus infection the first place? Possible diabetes? Are you sure it is a fungus infection? You need a doctor, go see one now. ...Read more

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Hello! I have fungal infection disease. I am taking tyza tablets to get rid of it but when I stopped taking it's start again.

Fungus: Hello! I have fungal infection disease. I am taking tyza tablets to get rid of it but when I stopped taking it's start again. ANS: need more information. Like where? Feet, pubic area, vagina, hair, nails, lungs?
Can get 2nd opinion from me. I am an Internist and can help clarify. ...Read more

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What causes CHRONIC copious thick mucous? No allergies, infection, structural sinus prob. Could it be related to autoimmune disease?

What causes CHRONIC copious thick mucous? No allergies, infection, structural sinus prob. Could it be related to autoimmune disease?

Many: But not likely from an autoimmune disease which usually affects the lung tissue and not the airways if it happens at all. Chronic sinusitis and asthma would be on the top of the list. Have you had a lung function test or CT chest scan yet? Has your chronic sinusitis cleared since the surgery (which is only about 50% successful for chronic sinusitis).? Have you seen an allergist or pulmonologist? ...Read more

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How does having an autoimmune disease put you more at risk for infection?

How does having an autoimmune disease put you more at risk for infection?

It can: Some autoimmune disorders, e.g., sle are associated with low while blood cell counts and can predispose to infections. ...Read more

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Are fungal infections more common in people with heart disease?

Are fungal infections more common in people with heart disease?

No.: Fungal infections are more common in patients with a deficiency in their immune system like pts. With cancer or taking chemotherapy or medicines for rheumatoid arthritis (embrel, Orencia (abatacept), plaquanil etc), with diabetes, pts. On steroids or cortisone, malnourished, pts who recently received a lot of antibiotics and more. Unless heart disease is associated to the above by itself is not. ...Read more

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How would u know if back pain is from an autoimmune disease or infection? I've had mris, cts, cbc, CBC w/ diff.

How would u know if back pain is from an autoimmune disease or infection? I've had mris, cts, cbc, CBC w/ diff.

See details: Back pain is not a component of autoimmune diseases per se. Infection involving the spine causes severe pain and fevers. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has too high allergy values in her blood test, can this thing related to a chronic infection or autoimmune disease like ms?

My girlfriend has too high allergy values in her blood test, can this thing related to a chronic infection or autoimmune disease like ms?

Not that way: Does she have ms? She could also possess seasonal allergies. Both should be treated. However, presence of ms does not cause various allergic reactions in blood tests. ...Read more

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I have neutropenia, a autoimmune disease. Also I have epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. I have chronic bouts of sinus infection. What should I do?

I have neutropenia, a autoimmune disease. Also I have epilepsy and muscular dystrophy. I have chronic bouts of sinus infection. What should I do?

Chronic sinusitis: Patient with immunodeficiency are prone to recurrent sinusitis caused by bacteria or fungus. See ENT doctor for culture, ct scan and treatment. ...Read more

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Ebv positive had lumbar puncture if EBV infection showed in the spinal fluid what is the outcome of this would it prove to my doc autoimmune disease?

Not necessarily: Ebv is very common, and many younger pts experience infectious mononucleosis, but very few go on to develop an autoimmune condition of any type. Assume the lumbar puncture was done to look at possible central nervous system disease, perhaps ms, and typically, most doctors would not order ebv titers in spinal fluid. Perhaps you need to schedule a conference with your doctor and get more info. ...Read more

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Could I have an autoimmune disease, lymphoma, leukemia if I can't fight any vaginal infection&have 2 firm pea sized lumps (cervical node & under chin?

Could I have an autoimmune disease, lymphoma, leukemia if I can't fight any vaginal infection&have 2 firm pea sized lumps (cervical node & under chin?

Yes: Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) has many causes like some of the things mentioned above. It is best to follow these with you doctor. If they don't get smaller with time and/or antibiotics, then the doctor may recommend a biopsy with either a needle or a surgery to further evaluate what is going on. ...Read more

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Can u name a few autoimmune diseases that can cause joint pain pos ANA fatigue and recurrent kidney infections?

Too many: Many autoimmune diseases can cause the symptoms you described except for kidney infection. However they can cause kidney damages. Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, MCTD. Just to name a few. ...Read more

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Received multiple radiation treatment for recurring sinus / ear infections as a child. Could this have caused autoimmune disease later in life?

Received multiple radiation treatment for recurring sinus / ear infections as a child. Could this have caused autoimmune disease later in life?

Head/neck radiation: Radiation for a variety of indications was common until about 1980. Military families report this treatment frequently. There is a subsequent increased incidence of thyroid nodules, Autoimmune thyroiditis. Okay to get in to your regular doc. Check neck exam, thyroid labs and ultrasound. Take friend/family with you to help with asking questions. Be well. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure fungal infections?

What can be done to cure fungal infections?

Medication/hygeine: Topical or oral medication as well as steps to mimimize excessive moisture from accumulating and allow proper exposure to air. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more