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Can you be a nursing student if you have a weak immune system?

Can you be a nursing student if you have a weak immune system?

Usually: Most people who have 'a weak immune system' mean that they feel they get colds, flu symptoms, etc more often than others. Most have no real immune deficiency disorder - it is important that nursing students receive a flu shot, consider pneumonia shot and other routine vaccinations. ...Read more

Dr. Dawn Sokol
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Weak Immune System (Definition)

That's when a person has a weakened immune system from whatever reason: drugs, infection, malnutrition, etc. While immunodeficiency, is when an arm of the immune system is weakened or absent, can be something primary (born with) or secondary (acquired later in life) ...Read more


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If you have had a splenectomy does that mean you have a weak immune system?

If you have had a splenectomy does that mean you have a weak immune system?

No: Your immune system is intact. You would have a higher risk of infection from encapsulated organisms, and is why those with splenectomy have a pneumococcal vaccine as a precaution. ...Read more

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If you were diagnosed with HPV in your 20's and still have cancer causing HPV in 30's and abnormal paps does this mean you have a weak immune system?

If you were diagnosed with HPV in your 20's and still have cancer causing HPV in 30's and abnormal paps does this mean you have a weak immune system?

To some extent: The immune system is responsible for clearing infections from the body, including hpv. If you had hov in your 20's, it may have been cleared and your current problem is a new infection. If your body has not cleared the hpv you had in your 20's, then your immune system may lack the ability to eradicate that particular infection. If that is the case, then your risk for cervical cancer is higher. ...Read more

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It pretty common to have a weak immune system during old age?

It pretty common to have a weak immune system during old age?

Yes.: The immune system wanes as we age. The manifestation of this process is evidenced by increased infectious processes such as herpes zoster (shingles), pneumonia, flu, and increasing incidence of cancers. Our immunity aids in our ability to mitigate or even prevent these processes. One can bolster his or her immunity by receiving vaccinations, and leading a healthy life style. ...Read more

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I think I have a weak immune system--does this put me at higher risk for cancer?

I think I have a weak immune system--does this put me at higher risk for cancer?

Not necessarily: Patients that are on immune suppressive drugs or have diseases such as HIV are at higher risk for malignancy. Thinking you have a weakened immune system doesn't mean that you necessarily do. ...Read more

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I think I have a weak immune system because I catch colds easily. Do I have a higher risk for cancer?

I think I have a weak immune system because I catch colds easily. Do I have a higher risk for cancer?

No: Unless you really have an impaired immune system such as hiv, cvid, hypogamaglobulinemia, catching colds dose not translate to an increased risk of cancer. ...Read more

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I have an infection but my wounds heal slowly. I think I have a weak immune system? Any tests for that?

Wound healing: Note that there are many factors why a particular wound would not heal as fast as expected; these may have nothing to do with a 'weak' immune system. The immunodeficiency disorders, relatively speaking, are uncommon. On the other hand, disorders like diabetes mellitus which can affect healing, are extremely common. Reviewing this issue with your doctor can lead to specific testing. ...Read more

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It possible to have a weak immune system?

It possible to have a weak immune system?

Often spoken about: Hard to measure, unless we speak of a specific immunodefficiency, like digeorge syndrome, bruton's agammaglobulinemia. We understand aids, the cause being hi, the deficiency in cd-4 t-lymphocytes. But "weak" immunity in cancer treatment is transient lowering of granulocytes. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a weak immune system?

Is it unusual to have a weak immune system?

Uncommon: We can evaluate and treat a number of immune disorders. They are all considered to be uncommon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a weak immune system is there anything I can do?

Nutrition, exercise: If you keep your body fit through good nutrition and a regular exercise program, your immune system will likely function better. The only supplement which may help regulate the immune system is vitamin d3, so make sure that you have an adequate intake. Folic acid has also been touted but the evidence is weaker. ...Read more

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If asthsma do I have a weak immune system?

If asthsma do I have a weak immune system?

The opposite: You have an overactive immune system when it comes to your lungs. In fact, some of the medicines for asthma contain steroids which weaken the immune system a bit so your symptoms improve. But it does put you at a slightly higher risk of infection. ...Read more

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Do I have a weak immune system if I tend t get warts?

Do I have a weak immune system if I tend t get warts?

No: Warts do not mean you have a weak immune system. Warts are common and your body has not developed resistance to the wart virus. It has resistance to internal infections such as strep, flu. Eyc. ...Read more

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Could I have a weak immune system? I just started working in day care and am constantly sick.

Could I have a weak immune system? I just started working in day care and am constantly sick.

Common problem: You will probably get most of what the kids have that is easily passed through coughs, like URI's. If you are cautious & wash hands often you can reduce the germs passes by random surface contact. Once you have been in the business for a while your system will develop immune resistance & the illness frequency will drop. ...Read more

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Dr. I feel I have a weak immune system n feel tired all too often for my age. Opinions on how to strengthen? Gen. Healthy but got colds easy as a kid.

Dr. I feel I have a weak immune system n feel tired all too often for my age. Opinions on how to strengthen? Gen. Healthy but got colds easy as a kid.

No you don't have: A weak immune system, your anxiety is taking its toll also, here is a recipe: fresh air, good night time sleep, excercise and a healthy diet, lots of fruits and vegetables and much less of fats, sweets and fast food, goodluck ...Read more

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I had a very very bad case of mono about a year and a half ago, even after a year and a half of having it can I still have a weak immune system today?

More details: We need to know what you meant by having a weak immune system. Do you have frequent infections especially those involving the sinuses and the lungs? Do you have frequent skin boils? These are just some of the examples. ...Read more

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My husband got c dip from an antibiotic he was put on. Is this contagous I have a weak immune system and im worried!

My husband got c dip from an antibiotic he was put on. Is this contagous I have a weak immune system and im worried!

Not too contagious.: Practice hand hygiene and wash your hands often with soap and water after any contact with contaminated material until the problem has resolved. The sanitizing gel does not kill C difficile. By the way, you can still hug him. ...Read more

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Do I have a weak immune system if I have low thyroid?

Do I have a weak immune system if I have low thyroid?

No: There is no relationship between thyroid disorder and immune system. Hypo or hyperthyroidism can be caused by anti bodies to the glands but does not mean thar your immune system is low. ...Read more

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Why do I catch cold so often and easily? Do I have a weak immune system?

Colds: Frequent colds are common as the common cold viruses mutate constantly and one cannot mount an immunity to them, but are you sure these are colds and not nasal allergies? ...Read more

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Do some people just have a "weak immune system" and catch more colds, flus, etc...?

Opposite is true: This may seem backwards, but it is our own immune system that determines how sick we get with a cold or flu. Interesting study was done on people who "never get sick" and people who "always get sick". Both were infected with cold viruses and the people who "never got sick" didn't get sick even with virus in them. Some immune systems are over-enthusiastic and make you sicker than need be... ...Read more

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What to do if I found out that I have a weak immune system. What will happen and what does this mean?

Need more info: A "weak" immune system is not a medical term. If you mean immune deficiency, the type of deficiency will determine what the results may be. Without knowing what is wrong with your immune system, I can't be more specific ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if I found out that I have a weak immune system. What will happen and what does this mean?

Check it out: With a specialist, an Allergist/Immunologist would help sorting it out, history, physical examination, and probably some blood tests, good luck ...Read more

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If I have a weak immune system due to copaxone, (glatiramer) does that make me more susceptible to cancer?

Probably not: The largest studies of long-term Copaxone (glatiramer) use do not show a significantly increased risk of cancers. However, there is a theoretical risk that decreasing the activity of the immune system could increase the chances of a cancer developing or growing more quickly. These concerns should be discussed with your neurologist so you can weigh this small risk against the benefits of this ms treatment. ...Read more

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My brother says I have a weak immune system because once in a while I get tooth infection? Is he right?

Unlikely: How often do you see a dentist? Do you maintain good oral hygiene? Have a dentist evaluate your infected tooth and get treated. Usually infected teeth are caused by poor oral hygiene and not a weak immune system. ...Read more

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About a month ago I started throwing up randomly with very little warning followed by body aches and chills. I have a weak immune system; infection?

About a month ago I started throwing up randomly with very little warning followed by body aches and chills. I have a weak immune system; infection?

Not really: But you have a problem with your gut, can be an infection, or just simple gastritis/GERD, need to see your doctor for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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Caught a yeast infection after having sex does this mean I have a weak immune system worried I have underlying cancer or something horrible help!

Caught a yeast infection after having sex does this mean I have a weak immune system worried I have underlying cancer or something horrible help!

Educate yourself: Any guy can catch a yeast infection down there from a girl or just being himself. It's got nothing to do with your immune system. It's common. You're almost a grown man. One of the finest gifts you can give yourself and the women in your life is to be a responsible, educated lover. Start using condoms and read a couple of good books. And welcome to the new joys and responsibilities of being a man. ...Read more

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How do they test for a weak immune system on you?

Blood tests: Screening tests for immune function include antibody levels, a blood count with a breakdown of the cells and measurement of complement. If those are all normal, then your immune system is probably ok. ...Read more