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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Immunocompromised

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What is immunocompromised person?

What is immunocompromised person?

Weak immune system: It means that someone's immune system is weakened, and cannot fight off infections as well as it should. Immunocompromise can be caused by medications, chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic infections such as HIV and hepatitis, some cancers and cancer treatments, and anyone who is very young (newborn) or very elderly. Immunocompromised people need to be careful to avoid contageous illnesses. ...Read more

Immunocompromised (Definition)

Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, ...Read more


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What happens if you are an immunocompromised individual?

What happens if you are an immunocompromised individual?

Weak immune system: It means that someone's immune system is weakened, and cannot fight off infections as well as it should. Immunocompromise can be caused by medications, chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic infections such as HIV and hepatitis, some cancers and cancer treatments, and anyone who is very young (newborn) or very elderly. Immunocompromised people need to be careful to avoid contageous illnesses. ...Read more

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Why are the very young and very old considered immunocompromised?

Why are the very young and very old considered immunocompromised?

More infections: Risks of infection go up on either end of the age spectrum, and for different reasons. The infant's adaptive arm of the immune system takes time to mature; during this period, the newborn receives mother's antibody through the placenta and additional through breast milk. The aging immune system has its own issues. As clinicians, we need to take this fact into account when treating patients. ...Read more

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What does immunocompromised mean? Are there tests to rule out 100% if I'm not? Would I know if I was compromised having not done the tests?

What does immunocompromised mean? Are there tests to rule out 100% if I'm not? Would I know if I was compromised having not done the tests?

It means: suppression of, poor or non-function of your intrinsic immune system. You question begs many others from this end so your best bet is to go see your doctor and explain your concern and reasons regarding that concern. ...Read more

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Are diabetics immunocompromised?

Are diabetics immunocompromised?

No: But having uncontrolled blood sugar can make you disposed to lots of infections and can cause your body to be weak when it comes to fighting infections. ...Read more

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What is an immunocompromised host?

What is an immunocompromised host?

See below: An immunocompromised host is one that has impairement of one or more components of their immune system ie. White blood cells both in quantity and function, cell mediated immunity, antibody production, reticuloendothelial cell function in liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Examples are aids with low cd4 lymphocytes, splenectomized persons and people on immunosuppressive drugs and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Constant illness over the past several months, related to being stressed or immunocompromised?

Constant illness over the past several months, related to being stressed or immunocompromised?

Talk with your doc: A clue: do you get completely better for a while before getting sick again? Or are you truly sick all the time without ever improving? Both stress and being immunocompromised can be factors. Time to talk with your doc to sort through your clues and figure out a plan towards being healthy. ...Read more