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Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Can you take enough immunosuppressants to completely shut down the immune system?

Yes: But you would not survive. One can overdose with immunosuppressive drugs just like any other medications. That is why the doses are controlled and monitored. ...Read more

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Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more


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Can the immune system get weaker when we take to much antibiotics and medicine?

Antibiotics: Chronic antibiotic use affects the balance of the bacteria that normally live in our gut and can alter food digestion and on the long run affect your health. ...Read more

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Will antibotics slow down the process for other drugs to leave your system?

Possible: It all depends on how these drugs are metabolized. Drugs that are carried and metabolized by the same proteins can slow the clearance of each others. Certain drugs can compete at the same enzyme in the liver making the clearance faster or slower. We call this drug-drug interaction. ...Read more

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Why do you need your immune system to be working for antibiotics to work? Why can't the body use antibiotics properly if the immunity is compromised?

Why do you need your immune system to be working for antibiotics to work? Why can't the body use antibiotics properly if the immunity is compromised?

Antibiotics: Very few antibiotics actually kill all organisms present. They often inhibit or reduce the numbers so that your immune system can handle the remainder. If your immune system is compromised the bacteria will grow back out. ...Read more

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What can you do to slow down an over active immune system?

What can you do to slow down an over active immune system?

Over active immunity: There are 2 main categories of "overactive immune system": allergies (the body overreacts to things it should not) and autoimmune disease (the body reacts to itself). Treatment differs for each of these. For allergies, the best long term treatment approach is allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) which blocks the immune response to allergens. A rheumatologist can answer the "autoimmune" part. ...Read more

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Will antibotics slow down the time it takes for meth to leave your system?

Will antibotics slow down the time it takes for meth to leave your system?

Unclear: However, get medical help now- meth will kill you- this is serious. When i say now, i mean, after you read this get a friend to drive you to the hospital now. ...Read more

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But what makes HIV able to avoid the immune system?

But what makes HIV able to avoid the immune system?

Hiding inside cells: The HIV is able to avoid the immune system because of its ability to hide inside the cells. The antibodies your body makes to prevent future infections cannot enter the cells, thus they are useless once the HIV is already inside. While inside, they can multiply and thus continue to cause disease for years. So, the best treatment we have =prevention. Live well, evangelineli1. Good luck. ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep immune system up during chemotherapy?

What suggestions can you give to keep immune system up during chemotherapy?

Stay happy & eating : Exercise, good food, positive thinking can all help with increased immunity and getting better with the prescribed chemotherapy. You have to believe that the chemotherapy will help you. ...Read more

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Does low dose cortef (hydrocortisone) heal the adrenals, helping the patient to feel well again and enabling them to eventually go off the drug? Non-addison's.

Does low dose cortef (hydrocortisone) heal the adrenals, helping the patient to feel well again and enabling them to eventually go off the drug?  Non-addison's.

No: Taking any dose of steroid causes the adrenal glands to work less, as the pituitary gland regulates your adrenal hormone level. If your adrenal glands truly do not work, you need lifelong adrenal hormone replacement. However, i see people who have been diagnosed with "adrenal fatigue". This is not a true medical diagnosis. Most of these people have no adrenal problem at all. ...Read more

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Can a low immune system make lyphm node swell and will taking a multi vitamin help the swelling down? can they still go down if it not low immunity

Can a low immune system make lyphm node swell and will taking a multi vitamin help the swelling down?  can they still go down if it not low immunity

Possible: However it is usually the body's immune response to an invader that makes the lymph node enlarged. You should be more concerned about a thyroid nodule and ask your doctor to check your neck for you. Vitamins would not do anything for you. ...Read more

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How much time does the immune system take to respond to bronchitis?

How much time does the immune system take to respond to bronchitis?

Bronchitis: As with any infection, it may take a couple of weeks to fight a novel pathogen, or more quickly if it is from one that has attacked before. Bacterial bronchial infections should be treated with an antibiotic as it helps to hasten the resolution. If the infection is from a virus, it will usually resolve on its own. Asthma, smoking, or structural problems can complicate the problem. ...Read more

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Can't building up your immunity with supplements help your body to fight Ebola even when exposed to it?

Can't building up your immunity with supplements help your body to fight Ebola even when exposed to it?

Not likely: Ebola moves so rapidly that the only supportive care that is useful is the generalized care afforded by intensive hospital care. Supplements will not work which of course is the usual case with supplements for most diseases. ...Read more

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When you have an unfamiliar foreign invader in your body how long does it take your immune system to recognize it?

Depends: The body has innate immune system which recognizes many of the foreign invaders nearly immediately. The acquired immune system is more specifically targeted but the time to develop immunity varies among individuals and the invaders themselves. Overall, one would not expect meaningful immune response at least 10 days and peak response weeks after the exposure. ...Read more

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If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

No, but: it depends on your condition before and after transplant. In general, avoid getting in contact with people with colds/flu and crowded places if you can,wear a mask if you have to,report any fever or illness to your doctors, unlike others you may be put on antibiotics early in the course of fever,you will need some more vaccines such as pneumovax, otherwise you have a normal life, wish you wellnes ...Read more

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How much time it will take to damage immune system in Hiv if we stop ART AND what is condition?

How much time it will take to damage immune system in Hiv if we stop ART AND what is condition?

HIV destroys body: Over time, the virus will destroy the immune system. It depends 'where' the patient is starting off from in terms of 'full strength' or not. If the patient is already on ART, then perhaps some damage has already occurred to the immune system. I don't trust the virus & I would not let it 'take' any more immune function from the patient. Besides, even one infection like pneumonia can kill. Take care ...Read more

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X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete?

X how long does it take for the toxins to leave your system once chemo treatments are all complete?

It depends: It all depends on the type of chemotherapy and what we call the medication half life. Generally speaking, most drugs get washed from the body after 5 half lives but it could be longer for certain drugs. Affects of the drugs can definitely last longer. Certain drugs like zometa, although not chemo, can stay for many many years. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause your immune system to not work well vs fighting off a sickness?

Can allergies cause your immune system to not work well vs fighting off a sickness?

Allergy: By itself means over reactive immune system, fighting agents in some individuals considered by other individuals as harmless. The reaction(s) cause the symptoms of allergy. That doesn't weaken the immune system nor its ability to fight infection, rather a different process, hope this clarifies your query ...Read more