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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Could cold showers weaken your immune system?

Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Could cold showers weaken your immune system?

No: There is no data that would support the assertion that cold water weakens one's immune system. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Does switching back and forth from a warm to a cold environment (going outside in the winter then stepping back in) weaken the immune system?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Immune system: I know of no evidence that this weakens a persons immune system. To the contrary some cultures e.g. The finnish and swedish peoples practice sitting in a hot sauna and then swimming in cold water which they feel improves their health. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

Diet and rest: A varied and balanced and diet are key to boosting a patients immune system. Make sure she gets plenty of rest. If vitamins are taken, make sure they are as inexpensive as can be found. Keep sick people away from the patient, but make sure she gets out of the house, at least for a while, each day, weather permitting. And, a positive environment will also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. David Hicks
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Im going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Dr. David Hicks
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Im going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Can: Any time you are on biologics such as interferon you place yoursef at risk so any time you get sick or bhave fevers seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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What can weaken your immune system?

Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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What can weaken your immune system?

Unhealthy lifestyle: sleep deprivation, not enough rest, not enough exercise or fresh air, unhealthy foods, not enough fruits and vegetables, apart from other reasons such as certain medicines given to suppress immunity to control some conditions, ...Read more

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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Please tell me what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Dr. Joram Seggev
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Please tell me what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Quite a few: Poor nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, poor sleep can weaken the immune system. Old age is another factor. Diseases, such as diabetes and kidney failure, severe burns markedly weaken it. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs (cortisone-like) and medications used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases are potent immune suppressants. ...Read more

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Dr. Efren Rael
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Help please? I want to know what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Dr. Efren Rael
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Help please? I want to know what are some things that can weaken your immune system?

Lots: There are a lot of things that can weaken the immune system including medications to treat autoimmune disease, prevent transplant rejection, steroids, mineral deficiency, diabetes, kidney failure, malnutrition, liver failure, severe protein losing diarrhea, radiation, toxic chemicals, aging, infections, inherited or acquired immunodeficiencies. ...Read more

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Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
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Does having no spleen weaken your immune system?

Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Does having no spleen weaken your immune system?

A litltle bit: It weakens your immune response against encapsulated bacteria "s. Pneumoniae and haemophilus influenzae" , you should receive a vaccine against those organisms, discuss that with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
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Can all cancers weaken your immune system?

Dr. Lauren Stegman
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No: Liquid cancers of the blood (leukemia and lymphoma) can weaken the immune system and predispose a patient to infections. Other cancers only affect the overall immune system when they are very advanced and have spread throughout the bone marrow. It is true however, that all cancers have activated mechanisms in the body that shield them from the immune system and allow them to survive. ...Read more

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