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Does Having Rheumatoid Arthritis Mean You Have A Weakened Immune System
No: It's mostly your genes and is basically a curiosity. ...Read more
If you have strep throat, does this mean you have a weaken immune system or weak immune system? Thank You
What does it mean to have a suppressed immune system? e.g the immune system was suppressed by Prednisone? Does it mean that you have to avoid people?
I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?
If you have a auto immune disease such as sjogrens, does that mean your immune system is suppressed? Effecting your body ability to fight off cancer?
Disordered immunity: The problem in most autoimmune disorders is not immune suppression, but immune confusion. Instead of just fighting invading organisms, your immune system also attacks your normal tissues, and this immune response is what causes inflammation and symptoms of the disease. With prolonged chronic immune stimulation, some of the cells may begin to reproduce uncontrollably, causing cancers like lymphoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immune Deficiency: Why do we get high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis? It just happens. Plus, quantity of antibodies does not mean quality. There is much more to simply just an antibody level that allows an immunologist to diagnose an immune deficiency. If you question the diagnosis, seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
No: Autoimmune diseases develop after changes in genetic material that depend on genetics and environment. ...Read more
Do you generally have a less functional or impaired immune system with autoimmune diseases when fighting actual infections?
Yes: Exercise, when properly designed to be low impact, is good for not just arthritis but also your wellbeing and self esteem. Medication is still given to make exercise less painful. Exercise alone will not be enough to treat psoriatic arthritis unfortunately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have an asymptomatic illness, does that mean your immune system isn't fighting the illness off?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have a weak immune system due to copaxone, (glatiramer) does that make me more susceptible to cancer?
Probably not: The largest studies of long-term Copaxone (glatiramer) use do not show a significantly increased risk of cancers. However, there is a theoretical risk that decreasing the activity of the immune system could increase the chances of a cancer developing or growing more quickly. These concerns should be discussed with your neurologist so you can weigh this small risk against the benefits of this ms treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often spoken about: Hard to measure, unless we speak of a specific immunodefficiency, like digeorge syndrome, bruton's agammaglobulinemia. We understand aids, the cause being hi, the deficiency in cd-4 t-lymphocytes. But "weak" immunity in cancer treatment is transient lowering of granulocytes. ...Read more
I have sle. Is it likely that a tattoo will cause a flare up? If so, how? (i.E activate immune system?)
Not likely: Technically, any stress could cause a lupus flare, but a tattoo done by a professional using sterile equipment is not likely to cause a flare if your lupus is well controlled. Do not attempt a tattoo if you are in poor health or have frequent skin infections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: lower airways, bronchi, are affected in many diseases, immunodeficiency states are one sort of diseases that affect all exposed surfaces, airways, gastrointestinal tract and skin, but those are very rare diseases, more common though are the type of airway inflammation in the immunocompetent persons as asthma, COPD, especially in smokers, producing symptoms of fatigue and recurrent infections ...Read more
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