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Can You Take Enough Immunosuppressants To Completely Shut Down The Immune System
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
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
Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?
Relative: immuno-suppression is resorted to when there is a "hyperactive " immune state leading to an auto-immune disease or condition, or to allow the immune system to adapt to a transplanted tissue, that doesn't mean that the immune system is totally knocked out (in some states yes during bone marrow transplant) but can still fight certain infections, till total recovery, the immune system is complex ...Read more
What are the long-term effects of chemo and immunosuppressants? (long after you're cured). Will your immune system always remain more compromised?
Not true: The immune system is minimally compromised during chemo but the effects are temporary. As soon as the blood counts recover(4 weeks after last chemo), the immune system is practically back to normal. Total body irradiation as done for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is the only therapy that has longer lasting immunosuppression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I suppress my immune system given my autoimmune disease? Should i request immunosuppressant medications? Are there any other options?
My immune system seems to really have weakened, almost shut down since i had my baby 5 months ago. How can I replenish it?
See doctor: How did you arrive at that conclusion?. Are you having frequent illnesses? See you doctor to find out if you're immune deficient or maybe anemic or other condition. ...Read more
What happens if the peripheral nerves are targeted in a severe immune response and kill the peripheral nervous system ? Does the body shut down ?
Depends on the nerve: What happens depends on the type of nerve affected by the immune response. If sensory nerves are affected there can be loss of sensation; if motor nerves are affected there can be weakness or paralysis. One example of this is guillain barre syndrome. Sometimes the autonomic nervous system is also affected leading to changes in pulse and blood pressure. ...Read more
Fitness: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle: There is no magic secret in order to be healthier.Usually a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, regular exercise and abstinence from tobacco, alcohol in excess and drugs is all it takes. However, there are some medical problems that might cause frequent infections and sickness, and for that your would need evaluation and get tested. If that is the case schedule a visit w/ pcp. ...Read more
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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