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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does taking hydroxychloroquine cause cancer causenit lowers your immune system?

Does taking hydroxychloroquine cause cancer causenit lowers your immune system?

False: Hydroxychloroquine might even decrease cancer risk and improve immune system. ...Read more

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As a lupus patient I have avoided foods like garlic and mushrooms (foods that improve immune system). Is it advisable? On 1g mmf bd, 400mg plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

As a lupus patient I have avoided foods like garlic and mushrooms (foods that improve immune system). Is it advisable? On 1g mmf bd, 400mg plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)

Eat what you like.: I would not recommend any supplement advertised as an immune booster. It is ok to eat any fresh foods or vegetables. There is no research evidence that any specific diet or food will cause significant worsening or omprovement in sle. ...Read more

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Is it possible to locally suppress the immune system, like only suppressing it at one gland or organ?

Is it possible to locally suppress the immune system, like only suppressing it at one gland or organ?

Yes: That is why we use inhalers for asthma or nasal sprays for nasal allergies or steroid injections in inflamed joints. All of these create localized immune suppression. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a herb to suppress the immune system?

Does anyone know of a herb to suppress the immune system?

Need more info...: If you are asking because you have autoimmune disease, then a good regimen of multivitamin, vitamin d, fish oil, and msm would be a good start. Also, get tested for igg food sensitivities, as these are linked to autoimmune disease. We use biotek for this. ...Read more

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Can HTLV1 suppress the immune system in the abscence of cancer? Or does this mean the person is developing T cell cancer?

Can HTLV1 suppress the immune system in the abscence of cancer? Or does this mean the person is developing T cell cancer?

Rare and no: You're unlikely to ever get clear information on something as uncommon and mostly harmless as HTLV 1 on this or any other online forum. I suggest you read the information in the link I provided in responding to an earlier question. It appears you are abnormally obsessed with this pretty much normal virual. Discuss with your doctor and ask whether counseling would be a good idea. ...Read more

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How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

Alloderm : Alloderm is a processed human skin graft which results in an acellular dermal matrix which can be used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, reconstructive surgery and hernia repairs. Unlike allograft skin grafts (i.e. Skin from another human), which are eventually rejected, the proprietary processing technique retains the normal collagen bundling and intact basement membrane complex of skin, but without the components (skin and connective tissue cells) that cause an immune reaction. In one study (wainwright dj: use of an acellular allograft dermal matrix (alloderm) in the management of full-thickness burns. Burns. 1995 jun;21(4):243-8) alloderm was used in burn patients and the patients did not demonstrate a specific immune response, either by histology or immunologically. In addition, in your case, the use of corticosteroids would blunt any immune reaction, minimizing the possibility of an immune reaction. This would howver, slow down the healing process, due to the effect of corticosteroids on wound healing. ...Read more

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Usually what are the biggest risks from a person having a suppressed immune system?

Usually what are the biggest risks from a person having a suppressed immune system?

Risks: Patients with suppressed immune systems (e.g. organ transplant recipients, HIV, etc) are usually at increased risk for opportunistic infections (e.g. viral, fungal) and malignancies. ...Read more

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Girlfriend has suppressed immune system. Can we have a baby?

Girlfriend has suppressed immune system. Can we have a baby?

PRECONCEPTION: It depends. See her OB gyn for a preconception visit. Get married and be there for her for the long haul. It's only fair to her to have your love and support. ...Read more

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Why are some medications used to suppress immune system?

Why are some medications used to suppress immune system?

Drugs to suppress : In certain disease a part of the immune system is overactive often due to a genetic as well as an environmental inluence. If that persists, an overactive immune response can produce tissue damage and responds to medication that suppress the overresponse. ...Read more

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Explain about suppressed immune system please?

Explain about suppressed immune system please?

Need more info: We would need a bit more information. Do you know or just suspect your immune system is suppressed? I would suggest you talk to your primary doctor or the specialist treating your immune disorder. Ask the doctor for information and resources (reputable web sites, etc.) so that you can learn more about your specific type of immune disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does chemotherapy suppress a person's immune system?

How does chemotherapy suppress a person's immune system?

Lowers WBC counts: Chemotherapy slows down the production of white blood cells (WBC) for a few days which makes patient susceptible to catch infection. This effect on blood cells is short-lived, such that most patients recover in 3-4 weeks and so does their immunity. By and large it is a minor problem and can be safely monitored by an oncologist/specialist in the use of Chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

Generally yes.: Autoimmune disorders deregulate the immune system and may even compromise it. The medications used to manage these disorders suppress the immune system predictably. ...Read more

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Why do some people "clear/suppress" pre-cancerous HPV while others do not? Is their immune system stronger/healthier?

Why do some people "clear/suppress" pre-cancerous HPV while others do not? Is their immune system stronger/healthier?

We don't know: I do hpv research (looking at the specific parts of the immune system and their responce to hpv) and the truth is no one knows why some people clear/suppress the virus while others don't. Regarding cervical dysplagia CIN 1 (lsil) approximately 1/3 of women have a future pap smear that is normal, 1/3 keep the cin1(lsil), and 1/3 progress to cin2 (hsil). ...Read more

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Do glucocorticoids suppress all parts of the immune system, or suppress some parts and increase the activity of other parts?

Do glucocorticoids suppress all parts of the immune system, or suppress some parts and increase the activity of other parts?

Complicated: The answer is complicated. In general glucocorticoids suppress the immune system by interfering with protein production in cells. That being said, glucocorticoids also work on receptors in the cytoplasm of cells, enacting signal mechanisms, some of which are unclear as to action. Glucocorticoids also release food stores for use in a stress reaction. ...Read more

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Thank you, but I heard steroid can suppress immune system and hpv can get triggered?.

Thank you, but I heard steroid can suppress immune system and hpv can get triggered?.

High doses only: On with quite high doses for a long time, i.e. the steroid doses used for chemotherapy and very serious immune disorders. Even then, recurrent HPV is uncommon. ...Read more

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Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Here are some ...: Cryo is to destroy or de-naturalize the cells within a lesion such as tumors with liquid argon or warts with liquid nitrogen. After such procedure, the targeted tissues are so destroyed or de-naturalized to become not good enough to act as an agent to incite immune response. So, I doubt cyro will do what you asked. Nonetheless, behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we don't know. ...Read more

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If you have an 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 cells may begin to reproduce uncontrollably, causing cancers like lymphoma. ...Read more

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In addition to suppressive therapy, what else should a person do to reduce frequent hsv 2 outbreaks? What can be done to strengthen the immune system?

In addition to suppressive therapy, what else should a person do to reduce frequent hsv 2 outbreaks? What can be done to strengthen the immune system?

Sorry, not much: Unfortunately, no proved methods. Maintaining health (rest, exercise, balanced diet) is always good. Avoid things that seem to trigger oubreaks, but clear triggers are rare for genital HSV2; outbreaks are random and don't indicate immune system weakness. Suppressive therapy is the only thing that works reliably. Frequent "outbreaks" while on suppression usually turn out to not be herpes. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Prednisone: Prednisone does suppress the Immune system. However, it depends on how much and for how long. As a rule within 2 to 4 weeks your immune system should bounce back to normal. People on prednisone or recovering from being on prednisone usually do no have to avoid people. ...Read more

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Does antihistamines suppress immune system? I took during vaccination. Please clarify

Does antihistamines suppress immune system?  I took during vaccination. Please clarify

No: Anithistamines suppress histamine release — (histamine does create a local immune reaction/response to triggers) but taking an antihistamine won't affect the efficacy of the vaccinations you received or your bodies immune response to the vaccination. ...Read more