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Does Your Immune System Strong Or Weak During Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
No sure way.: Staying in good physical shape with regular exercises (not extreme exercises) and a healthy diet may be helpful. Make sure your plasma vitamin d3 level is optimal since vitamin d3 has been shown to be an important immune regulator. I would like to see the 25 oh vitamin d3 level to be around 50 to 60 ng even though the recommended level is around 30 ng. ...Read more
Hemolytic D. newborn: It is extermely important in women of childbearing age who are rh neg. To be sure they get no rh pos. Blood so there is no chance that they develop antibodies in case they have a rh pos. Child and so have hemolytic disease of the newborn. If a rh. Neg. Woman gets exposed to rh. Pos. Blood and develops antibodies, they can attack and kill the rbcs of the next child she has if it is rh pos. ...Read more
No: There are no recommended tests to determine the status of the immune system. The immune system and fuction is very complex. An immunologist can help evaluate relevent components of the immune systems in patient with recurrent sinopulmonary infections or other infections that might suggest an immune deficiency. ...Read more
My 2.5 yr old son doesn't eat much. He is weak and keeps fallin ill. How do I make his immune system strong?
Talk to doctor: Children of that age are almost always picky eaters and seem to eat almost nothing. They "graze" and nibble all day. However, you child's doctor can look at his growth (height and weight) and tell you if it is something to be concerned about. Normal children have a lot of colds (up to 6 a year is normal), so having colds is common. Your doctor can help you a lot with these important questions. ...Read more
Is it true that terrible cold symptoms are the product of a strong immune system, rather than a weak one? Thank you :)
No: If you have recurrent severe cold symptoms you need rule out an over-reacting immune system, i.e. allergy, or a truly weak one. To answer this question you need to see your doctor or an allergist/immunologist if you have access to one in your area, good luck ...Read more
Yes.: The immune system wanes as we age. The manifestation of this process is evidenced by increased infectious processes such as herpes zoster (shingles), pneumonia, flu, and increasing incidence of cancers. Our immunity aids in our ability to mitigate or even prevent these processes. One can bolster his or her immunity by receiving vaccinations, and leading a healthy life style. ...Read more
Not immunosuppressed: There is a misconception that pregnancy causes immunosuppression when in reality there is a change in the immune system, in that it modualtes it's response dependent on the virus/bacteria. So, in reality, pregnancy does not cause immunosuppression, and after pregnancy, the body returns to it's "normal" way to react to pathogens. ...Read more
How far into pregnancy does your immune system begin to weaken and make your more venerable to bugs that normal people wouldn't usually be affected by?
Not true: It doesn't weaken to any significant extent. ...Read more
Hellodoc.is it safe to take royall jelly and coenzim c10 durin pregnancy couse i have low immune system and after I take this pills I fill full energy?
Is it possible that my allergies and immune system can get worse after pregnancy? I seem to get more sinus infections than before I had my child.
Not really: Asthma involves excess inflammation that irritates the airways, producing mucus and bronchospasm. More on the lines of an "over active" immune system. Well-done studies show antibiotics do not help asthma flare-ups. BUT: mucus plugging of the airways can lead to atelectasis, and, in theory, pneumonia, though that is the exception, not the rule, unless other factors present. ...Read more
Immunocompromised : That's when a person has a weakened immune system from whatever reason: drugs, infection, malnutrition, etc. While immunodeficiency, is when an arm of the immune system is weakened or absent, can be something primary (born with) or secondary (acquired later in life) as with HIV infection ...Read more
Strep Throat: It can but usually it more often due to big and persistent tonsils and adenoids. Fortunately, recurrent strep throat is not one of the warning signs for an immune deficiency. Many times just taking out tonsils and adenoids cures the problem. If for see your allergist for possible IgA evaluation and/or allergy evaluation. ...Read more
No: Your immune system is intact. You would have a higher risk of infection from encapsulated organisms, and is why those with splenectomy have a pneumococcal vaccine as a precaution. ...Read more
Common problem: You will probably get most of what the kids have that is easily passed through coughs, like URI's. If you are cautious & wash hands often you can reduce the germs passes by random surface contact. Once you have been in the business for a while your system will develop immune resistance & the illness frequency will drop. ...Read more
Can long periods of prolonged stress make your immune system weak or go into chronic stress mode? If so, how do you recover?
Stress not good: Chronic stress is not good for anyone and potentially can affect your immune system although it is difficult to prove with double-blind studies. The logical way is to remove the cause of the stress which is not always possible. Other than that, a regular exercise program, yoga, or meditation may help reduce stress. ...Read more
I have had at least 5 colds this year. My immune system is weak b/c I have cronic neutropenia. I never get this sick. Could this mean I have HIV.
Every time I seem to get a cut it takes a long time to heal and always leaves a scar, I know I'm not diabetic. Is it my immune system that is weak?
Dr. I feel I have a weak immune system n feel tired all too often for my age. Opinions on how to strengthen? Gen. healthy but got colds easy as a kid.
Healthy Living: Dont smoke, eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low in saturated fat), exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, drink alcohol in moderation, get adequate sleep, and practice good hygiene (washing hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly). Make sure to have regular check-ups with doctor and try to reduce stress, this can wreak havoc on immunity. ...Read more
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