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I have lupus and am on methotrexate, prednisone. Should i work in the field as a paramedic while on immunosuppressant meds?

I have lupus and am on methotrexate, prednisone. Should i work in the field as a paramedic while on immunosuppressant meds?

Great question: The infections a paramedic is exposed to can be significant, so you have to think seriously about your risk when you are immunosuppressed on both Methotrexate and prednisone. If it is your passion to be a paramedic then speak with some of them for their opinions about their exposures. If you are already a paramedic then perhaps it would be better to transition to firefighting instead. ...Read more

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Immunosuppressant (Definition)

Your immune system is comprised of two main compartments: innate and specific branches. There are many different cell types in each group including neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, basophils, t cells and b cells, and others. Anything that affects either the total number of those cells or their function can be considering immune ...Read more


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I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

Doubt infection: I doubt this is an infection. Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus and if you've had chickenpox or had a chicken vaccination your risk of chickenpox is low. Shingles can occur at any age but especially is more common as we age. ...Read more

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I have a cold for 7 days is very bad in the mornings my buggers are with blood. I have lupus what can I take to get better?

See a doctor: Treatment for lupus depends on your signs and symptoms. Determining whether your signs and symptoms should be treated and what medications to use requires a careful discussion of the benefits and risks with your doctor. As your signs and symptoms flare and subside, you and your doctor may find that you'll need to change medications or dosages. ...Read more

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I feel like i'm getting a cold how can I get rid of it before it comes?

I feel like i'm getting a cold how can I get rid of it before it comes?

Can't stop it.: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I have a sick family member (a cold)in my house and i really don't want to get sick near the holidays. How can I pervent getting a cold?

I have a sick family member (a cold)in my house and i really don't want to get sick near the holidays. How can I pervent getting a cold?

Hard to do: If your breathing the same air (living in same space) it's hard to avoid. Try wearing a mask until they are no longer contagious. Clean all environmental surfaces (faucets, drawer handles, door handles, toilet handles) with lysol. Keep them somewhat isolated, if possible. ...Read more

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Can getting a cold effect if you get your period or not?

Can getting a cold effect if you get your period or not?

If your body is: Stressed enough from a viral infection - if could impact your period. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a cold sore as an adult if you never get them?

What are the chances of getting a cold sore as an adult if you never get them?

Depends on exposure: If you are exposed to herpes you can catch it, at any age. Once you've had a cold sore (herpes outbreak), you can't say you never get cold sores any more. ...Read more

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