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Does Hydroxychloroquine Suppress The Immune System
Do anti malaria drugs such as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suppress the immune system and cause susceptibility to infections or no?
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections. ...Read more
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)
I have heard from a specialist that Hydroxychloriquine is a very gentle drug the weakest and safest of all drugs for Discoid Lupus that rhuematologists use. ,and is not an immunosuppressive so won't affect immune system. Very effective for DLE. True?
Yes: Good luck. If you need a systemic Rx rather than topical, this is a good try-first. ...Read more
Is it possible to locally suppress the immune system, like only suppressing it at one gland or organ?
Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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