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Does Breastfeeding Cause A Weakened Immune System
I had a baby in may and I am breastfeeding. I havebeen getting sick with colds since august. What can I do to boost my immune system?
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.See 1 more doctor answer
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
No: But you shouldn't be taking it unless it is indicated.
I keep having canker sores while my immune system is good. What other than a weakened immune system can cause this?
Spicy foods.: Most people will get a canker sore at some point during life... It is normal, an inconvenience, but normal. One of the most common canker sore cause is spicy or acidic food: spaghetti sauce, orange juice, salsa. Canker sores become concerning only if the same one persists greater than 2 weeks.See 2 more doctor answers
I get allergies really bad I wanted to know what causes allergies and is it an indication for something serious like a weaken immune system?
Yes and no.: Allergy develops because your immune system has been programmed to react to otherwise innocuous substances such as animal dander, pollen, dust mite, mold, food etc. As such, it should be considered a misguided immune not a weakened response. Having said that, people with allergy asthma are more prone to respiratory tract infection and in that sense the immune system is weak.
25 just got shingles now I'm scared I have a serious issue like lymphoma to weaken my immune system that's caused this outbreak : (?
Herpes zoster: This is the varicella-zoster virus (vzv), and is a recurrence of your chickenpox as shingles. It used to be felt that it was necessary to have some underlying immune deficit or malignancy but this is no longer true, and totally normal people get outbreaks. Go and get the vaccine and this may help prevent or reduce future outbreaks, and unless you have other reasons, do not worry about lymphoma.
Panic attacks: Panic attacks can often seem like one is having a heart attack, when in all actuality the chest pains are the body's reaction to unprocessed stress overload, and not a cardiac even of one sort or another, which can be ruled out in either your general practitioner's office or in the Emergency Room. And yes, the immune system can weaken as a reaction to prolonged stress combined with sleep loss.
I have a giant liver hemagioma of 17cmx11cmx14cm having this tumor would it cause my cortisol levels to be high and in turn weaken my immune system?
NO: You are born with it, small ones on liver need observation, larger ones some times need surgery for fear of massive hemorrhage and rapture of liver depending on location. Most of the time need segmental recession of involved area (even lobe) Surgery is safe in experienced hands. Speak to your doctor.
No: Not significantly. However sun poisoning may be confused with lupus. In lupus there is dysregulation of the immune system.
Could severe anxiety and stress after impacted wisdomteeth removal have weakened my immune system and caused me to get a uti? I'm a 19yo male
Yes: Along with your poor nutritional status and subsequently impaired immune system, you would be more prone to getting a uti.
Can benzodiazepines like clonazapam cause cancer or weaken immune system? If so, which cancers? Thx
No: Benzodiazepines aren't known to cause cancer of any kind
Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?
Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is normal, then there should be no problem with your immune system. Even if the thyroid function were low, the immune function is not usually impaired.See 1 more doctor answer
How long for cellulitis of the hand (spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin
TimeHealsAllWounds: Hard to say. Depends on the severity of the infection, whether the infection had extended inside the vein, the degree of your immunosuppression and the susceptibility of the infection to the cephalexin.Healing tends to be slower at first then accelerate as healing progresses. But for a very general ballpark estimate for you, expect the majority to heal over 2 weeks, then more over the next 1-2 weeks.See 1 more doctor answer
Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-
Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! But there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up.
Turmeric: Actually, turmeric (cur cumumen) strengthens the immune system in many, many ways. It is a very potent anti-inflammatory and is the most studied spice/herb in the world. It is very good for your health!
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