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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

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...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

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If I have HPV, am I immunocompromised?

If I have HPV, am I immunocompromised?

NO: HPV is different from HIV.

HIV infection can cause you to become immunocompromised, but not HPV ...Read more

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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

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What is the definition or description of: immunocompromised?

See below: Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, malnutrition, or immunosuppressive therapy. ...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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Are people with Asthma considered to be immunocompromised?

Are people with Asthma considered to be immunocompromised?

Not necessarily,: If you are on steroids at times, then you will be immunocompromised (in the generally meant sense) when you are on them. Which means you may be more prone to infection when you are on them. ...Read more

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What to do about infection detection in immunocompromised?

What to do about infection detection in immunocompromised?

Complicated: Infections that are detected by culture will not be affected. Infections that are detected by antibody analysis might be harder to detect. If you mean prevention and avoidance you wash your hands lots, avoid people who are sick, avoid crowds and airplanes, and wear a mask when you are in those places. Watch for early signs of infection like low grade temp, fatigue, etc. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have an infection detection in immunocompromised?

Not sure question: There are many forms of immunocompromise from those receiving steroids or other immunosuppressant therapies to those who have had a stem cell transplant. The type of infection depends on the degree and duration of immunospuuression. You should see an infection specialist who deals with infections in immunocompromised hosts. ...Read more

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Why would you expect immunocompromised individuals to have a higher incidence of infection?

Why would you expect immunocompromised individuals to have a higher incidence of infection?

Yes: There are many diseases which can compromise your immune system. Most of these diseases pre-dispose individuals to certain types of infection (which kind depends on the type of immune deficiency). ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

Depends: Your physician will best be able to make that decision. While there are risks with leaving the hospital, there are also risks of staying in the hospital and catching a hospital acquired infection as well. Talk you your doctor so you can together make the best decision for your child. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an immune deficiency and an immunocompromise? Same thing?

What's the difference between an immune deficiency and an immunocompromise? Same thing?

Clarification: In general, immune deficiency implies that a person was either born with, or acquired a deficiency in one or more parts of their immune system. This condition is generally not reversible. Immunocompromise also implies an improperly functioning immune system, but may not be longstanding (depending on the cause). There is a lot of overlap. ...Read more

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Could I be coming down with the flu, and should I do anything about it at the early stage while around immunocompromised family?

Could I be coming down with the flu, and should I do anything about it at the early stage while around immunocompromised family?

Maybe, and yes: I have no idea if you are coming down with the flu, but if you are around immunocompromised persons, you can help them by washing your hands religiously, using hand sanitizer if you can't get to a sink, and don't share utensils, drinking glasses, door handles, etc., it might also be appropriate to use a mask while you have symptoms of the flu. They too, should practice good hand hygiene. ...Read more

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What are drs referring to when they say "immunocompromised"? I take occasion week-long doses of prednisone every few months, am I immunocompromised?

What are drs referring to when they say "immunocompromised"? I take occasion week-long doses of prednisone every few months, am I immunocompromised?

See below: Immune compromised means the drug used to treat your immunologic or other disease has made you more susceptible to infections, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. Prednisone can do this but not nearly so severely as some of the newer biologics and immunosuppressive drugs such as Nextel, methotrexate. etc. ...Read more

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Someone told me that methotrexate dose use for lupus is no big deal & pts on it are not considered immunocompromised. I'd appreciate your opinion.?

Someone told me that methotrexate dose use for lupus is no big deal & pts on it are not considered immunocompromised. I'd appreciate your opinion.?

Get routine checks: Regardless of the dose, this drug can cause compromise- varying from paient to pateint. Testing is rather routine and can spot a problem before it becomes serious. ...Read more

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Not immunocompromised, how did I get vaginal Candida Glabrata?

Not immunocompromised, how did I get vaginal Candida Glabrata?

Candida: Most likely from taking antibiotics for other problem. Which suppress good bugs and Candida takes over. But you did not give enough history to help. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Will there be immunocompromise with alpha thalassemia?

Will there be immunocompromise with alpha thalassemia?

Not directly.: Thalassemia affects red cells while immunity is related to white cells. However, with severe thalassemia, life-saving treatment may cause immunocompromise as a side effect. ...Read more

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I have mannose binding lectin deficiency - does this mean I am 'immunocompromised'? Is it safe to be around animals at a zoo?

I have mannose binding lectin deficiency - does this mean I am 'immunocompromised'? Is it safe to be around animals at a zoo?

Wash your hand: MBLD is a disorder of the "Complement" pathway of the immune system, which helps protect against certain types of bacteria (encapsulated). People with MBLD may be more susceptible to other germs as well. Talk to your doc about Pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines. As for the zoo, Salmonella is a particular risk. But enjoy the zoo--just wash hands and don't touch animals or stool! ...Read more

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Are there treatments to boost immunity in immunocompromised people? Or are there only treatments for the potential opportunistic infections?

Are there treatments to boost immunity in immunocompromised people? Or are there only treatments for the potential opportunistic infections?

Depends: On the cause for immune compromise, primary or secondary, replacement therapy with immunoglobulins is given if low, stopping the offending drug or titrating if it is the cause, Antiretroviral therapy in HIV, bone marrow transplant if bone marrow failure either 1ry or 2ry, otherwise good sleep, fresh air, exercise, lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy lifestyle, wish you wellness, ...Read more

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Why would doctors start asking about immunocompromised system just because you get repeat sinus infections?

Can be a cause: You can have mild or moderate immune deficiencies that can lead to recurrent sinus infections. Many are treatable so do not worry! ...Read more

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Would blood cell count show if I'm immunocompromised? No diabetes or HIV, just have been sick more than usual the past year.

Would blood cell count show if I'm immunocompromised? No diabetes or HIV, just have been sick more than usual the past year.

Possible but: If your blood test showed a persistently and significantly depressed lymphocyte count or total white count, an impaired immune system should be considered On the other hand, other immune defects would require more focused testing to assess. ...Read more

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Is there an antiepileptic suitable for immunocompromised patients with heart problems, prediabetes & psychiatic problems that won't make them ill?

Is there an antiepileptic suitable for immunocompromised patients with heart problems, prediabetes & psychiatic problems that won't make them ill?

Definitely: Many drugs are available to control epilepsy, even for the immune-compromised, heart problems/metabolic problems, you need to work with the neurologist / epileptologist, for proper diagnosis hence proper management and right drug selection, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Is it safe to get hepatitis a vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

Is it safe to get hepatitis a vaccine if I am immunocompromised?

Depends: There are different hep a vaccines and some have different contraindications. Depending on your degree of immunocompromise, the vaccine may still be safe but also may be less effective. ...Read more

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I received depo-medrol shot yesterday for a skin rash; am I now immunocompromised?

I received depo-medrol shot yesterday for a skin rash; am I now immunocompromised?

Usually no issue: Technically yes, steroids decrease an immune response, but it is usually not an issue when you are generally healthy and taking care of yourself in terms of healthy diet, rest, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Liver abscess in immunocompromised patient (mg), doctors tried catheter drainage but said it had jelly-like structure. What shall we do?

Liver abscess in immunocompromised patient (mg), doctors tried catheter drainage but said it had jelly-like structure. What shall we do?

This: Should not be neglected. If one can't drain it through the skin for what ever reasons and if the person is sick and with temperature other means of intervention is needed. If you do not get proper answers please have a second opinion! ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it as similarly possible to detect bacterial and fungal infections in immunocompromised patients as in immunocompetent?

Yes and No: When you are immunocompromised, we cannot rely as well on things like your WBC (white blood cell count) when determining if an infection is present. However, the gold standard tests for checking for infections, the different cultures (such as a culture of your blood, urine, throat, wound drainage, etc) is as reliable if your immune system is out of whack. SO you may get treated waiting for cxs. ...Read more

Immunocompromised (Definition)

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