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Enbrel Immune System Suppressor
How much does enbrel affect the immune system and how careful do I have to be around those who are sick? Can I be around them?
Immunodeficiency: Embrel is a powerful suppressor of the immune response. Patients should be screening for tuberculosis infections because it can get easily activated. It is recommended to avoid exposure to infections while receiving embrel because some infections might become unusually severe due to the depression of immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is a person with autoimmune more susceptible to the common cold? An overactive immune system should fight it off?
Good question: Ironically people with autoimmune diseases have an immune system that is reved up against normal parts of the body yet also is not efficient at fighting infections such as viruses that cause the common cold. Also many patients are on medications that suppress the normal immune response to infections such as prednisone, methotrexate, enbrel, humira, or remicade. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV: In a nutshell, attacks the T lymphocytes, one important white blood cell type, considered the master of the immune system, which also has many subtypes e.g.T helper cells, T suppressor cells, etc.., the virus attacks mainly the T helper cells thus disrupting the whole defense system, hope that helps ...Read more
Some ideas: Keep your weight in its recommended range for your height, gender, and age. Get plenty of rest & exercise. Lighten up - try to laugh more & stress less. Make sure your vitamin d level is within the normal range. Eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. Don't smoke. Drink alcoholic beverages moderately. Get all recommended vaccinations. That oughta do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle & behavoir: Just like you already know: Maintain proper nutrition, add vitamins if your diet is poor. Adequate sleep and exercise. Stress reduction. Avoid infections with proper hand hygiene and vaccinations. Seasonally avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when around people, ie shopping, working, gatherings and travel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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