Doctor insights on: Clumping of blood cells from an immune response
In general: Neutrophils are mobilized to combat bacterial processes and to help with tissue repair. By contrast, lymphocytes are important in viral processes and determination of self/ not self ie organ transplant rejection and other " invaders ". ...Read more
Is it possible to be immune to chamldyia after being infection twice with the std? Does the immune response only be affect when blood is involved?
Antibodies +: The immune system has two main arms controlled by two types of lymphocytes, t cells and b cells. B cells respond to antigens (such as on viruses) by making specific antibodies which bind to the antigens and identify them as foreign for other cells (macrophages) to destroy them. T cells respond to foreign antigens by destroying the cells which have them. Immunology is a complex science. ...Read more
Can a casual blood test reveal if your immune system is weak or has been compromised? Will the blood contain more white blood cells?
No, but...: Despite all the "pop" stuff from people trying to sell you something on the internet, "weak / compromised immune system" as understood by today's science is uncommon. If you are hiv-, are not having severe fever blisters, candida surface infections, or bacterial infections unlike those that others suffer, you'll do yourself a favor by not letting these people frighten you. ...Read more
With radiation, my mom's white blood cells have decreased. Please, how can she improve her immune system? Naturally? ...and not? Thanks
Takes time: It may take awhile for her WBC to get back to normal and in the meanwhile keep her away from people who appear to be ill. ...Read more
I am Taking Mirtazapine 15mg is it true to say it can reduce your white blood cells and immune function so you are more susceptible to infections?
Not typically: Remeron (mirtazapine) causing leukopenia is not a common occurrence and if occurring should stop. Periodically blood counts are checked. If there is a drop the medication is stopped. This is one of many medications can do this. Low counts over time can make you more susceptible to infecions but usually as part of another process. ...Read more
I have all bloodwork known only diagnosis w/fibro. Hematologist bw shows low lymphocytes/white blood cells; could it be underlying immune?
Can a full blood screen/complete blood count test show if my immune system isn't good? The doctor mentioned white blood cells would show something?
CBC: Your complete blood count measures the number and type of white blood cells, which are an important part of your immune system. If they are normal, you are unlikely to have a significant immune system problem (there are rare immune system abnormalities that do not show on your cbc). ...Read more
That is a long story: The concepts of cell mediated vs antibody mediated immunity developed to explain different reactions. The body uses cell mediated immune mechanisms to fight infections where the infecting agent gets inside the cells. In tuberculosis we use that to help diagnose previous exposure. The TB skin test looks for cells to fight the parts of the TB bacterium that is injected in the skin. (cont. In comment) ...Read more
Can EBV cause a devastating immune response in which it attacks the nerve cells and peripheral nerves causing an all or none situation?
No, not really:
First, realize that most adults have been infected with it; therefore any disease at all from it, even mono is uncommon to rare.
Second, EBV can only infect lymphocytes it rarely involves the nervous system and although the very few articles don't say it, its due to the immune system attacking the nervous system not the virus.
http://www. Ajnr. Org/content/27/7/1447.full
Your pattern not described. ...Read more
Diagnosed with UTI, UA WBC 1605- Many clumps also protein and red blood cells. Started ON keflex yesterday I feel worse more pain no Dr call back yet?
Chronic exposure: These are chronically exposed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Filter of sorts: The fluid that bathes the tissues of the body gets collected by the lymphatic system like a drain (it eventually goes back into the blood circulation). Bugs, inflammatory chemicals, and/or immune cells will also enter the lymph from the tissues and go to lymph nodes, which are like strategically placed checkpoints. The nodes contain immune cells that become activated and help fight the infection. ...Read more
Interleukins: One of a large group of proteins produced mainly by t cells and in some cases by mononuclear phagocytes or other cells. Interleukins participate in communication among leukocytes and are important in the inflammatory response. Most interleukins direct other cells to divide and differentiate. Each acts on a particular group of cells that have receptors specific to that interleukin. ...Read more
Lyme Disease: It is both a cellular and humoral immune response that is much too in-depth to describe in this very small space. ...Read more
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