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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

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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 white ...Read more


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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

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. Michael Dugan
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Fungal Infection (Definition)

Fungal infections are clinical conditions in which a person has an infection due to a pathogen called a fungus (in contrast to infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites). Fungal infections occur commonly on the skin (including Jock Itch and Athlete's Foot) and can also cause more serious infections in those ...Read more