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Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Why is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease? Does it affect the immune system?

Terminology: If the body develops antibodies to human tissue of any type,it is labeled auto immune.In celiac disease and lesser forms of gluten sensitivity, the body has developed antibodies to tissue transglutaminases.These can cause injury to the absorptive surfaces of the small intestines and impair absorption of nutrients.Nutritional deficits can weaken the body but are not specific to the immune system ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

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Can untreated Celiac disease cause Immune Reconstruction Syndrome? I have bad allergic symptoms without Montelukast. Untreated Celiac disease too.

Can untreated Celiac disease cause Immune Reconstruction Syndrome? I have bad allergic symptoms without Montelukast. Untreated Celiac disease too.

Not known: The association of Celiac and immune reconstitution is not one I have heard of or could find doing a quick search. Montelukast is used in allergies so I think having the expected response from a medication does not suggest an immune problem. It is worth getting your Celiac under control for other reasons, i.e. to prevent the known Celiac complications. ...Read more

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Celiacs being an auto immune disease, will the auto immune disease still affect me if i'm gluten free later in life. Like stiff mans or scleroderma?

Celiacs being an auto immune disease, will the auto immune disease still affect me if i'm gluten free later in life. Like stiff mans or scleroderma?

Celiac disease: It never goes away, but you can control the symptoms by eliminating gluten. If you start eating gluten again, you'll have the symptoms again. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can having multiple vaccinations actually lead to a weaker immune system?

Can having multiple vaccinations actually lead to a weaker immune system?

No: Actual testing shows the present system of multiple separate vaccines (even 6) at the same visit are both safe and effective. The immune challenge of such an encounter is actually less than a single smallpox inoculation as it was given routinely up until 1980.The idea of spreading these promoted by ex Playboy bunnies and a few physicians has no benefit based in fact or research. ...Read more

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Do people with lots of moles have weaker immune systems then people with few or no moles??? Is lots of moles a sign of a weaker immune system?

Do people with lots of moles have weaker immune systems then people with few or no moles???  Is lots of moles a sign of a weaker immune system?

No and No: The average person has 35 moles. Generally new moles stop forming around age 30. The main factors that determine how many moles we form seem to be genetics and sun exposure. Immune function is not a known factor in the number of moles we get. ...Read more

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How do you live a live long life with weaker immune system(no spleen). How weaker is it without a spleen and what way is it weaker?

How do you live a live long life with weaker immune system(no spleen). How weaker is it without a spleen and what way is it weaker?

Immunized: Here is a excerpt from the Merck Manual:People who do not have a spleen are at .. high risk of infections because of the spleen’s role in fighting certain kinds of bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. Because of this risk, people receive vaccinations to help protect them from infection with these organisms. Get immunized. ...Read more

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Is frequent gum sores an auto-immune problems? Would that mean my immune system is weaker?

Is frequent gum sores an auto-immune problems? Would that mean my immune system is weaker?

Canker sores: Possible triggers for canker sores include: a minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps, spicy or acidic foods, or an accidental cheek bite toothpastes and mouth rinses containing sodium lauryl sulfate food sensitivities, particularly to chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese and highly acidic foods, such as pineapple a diet lacking in vitamins. ...Read more

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Does your immune system grow weaker when you exercise when you're sick?

No: Your immune system does not weaken from exercise, it is probably fighting an infection but it does not weaken. ...Read more

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Is it true that over time your immune system will get weaker if you take medicines?

Sometimes: Some medications, such as steroids pills, do suppress the immune system. Most medications should not be a problem. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that over time your immune system will get weaker if you take medicine?

Immune weakening: The immune system is weakened as we age, and this is unavoidable. Very few medications weaken the immune system other than those used for treating autoimummune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid athritis and those used to treat cancer. ...Read more

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95% of people carry EBV but only a few get mono. Does that mean these few have much weaker immune system and potential to get more serious stuff? Help

95% of people carry EBV but only a few get mono. Does that mean these few have much weaker immune system and potential to get more serious stuff? Help

No difference: There is no known difference in the immune systems between people who get symptoms of mononucleosis when they catch HIV and those who don't have mono. And those with or without obvious mono are not known to have any higher risk of other complications of EBV, such as rare cases of lymphoma. ...Read more

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Is it true that if a baby did not drink breast milk in infancy, his immune system becomes weaker later in life?

Is it true that if a baby did not drink breast milk in infancy, his immune system becomes weaker later in life?

Brest fed babies: Let me put it differently.The babies who are breast fed get less infections then formula fed during childhood as they aquire some antibodies from the mother through the breast milk.Later in life there does not seem to be any difference ...Read more

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Can bacteremia remain in the bloodstream for quite a while until one day the immune system becomes weaker and then cause sepsis?

Can bacteremia remain in the bloodstream for quite a while until one day the immune system becomes weaker and then cause sepsis?

No: Bacteria do not remain dormant in blood. However, we all get transient invasion of blood with bacteria from activities like brushing teeth and having bowel movement. In a person with weak immune system, such, otherwise benign, bacteremias can cause sepsis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Are there multiple cold viruses? Can a flu shot while your sick make your immune system weaker, and more prone to viruses? Will vitamin b help?

Are there multiple cold viruses? Can a flu shot while your sick make your immune system weaker, and more prone to viruses? Will vitamin b help?

Many cold viruses: The most common "cold" viruses are rhinovirus, rsv, hmv, coronovirus, parainfluenza, influenza, and adenovirus. Each has many strains that can cause symptoms. Influenza is the only "cold" virus we have a vaccine for currently. It does not make your immune system weaker although there are some times you should delay the vaccine (i.e. During an asthma attack). No evidence for vitb helping colds. ...Read more

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Where immune system is located?

All over: Immunes ystem is located all over your body. ...Read more