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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...Read more

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How does exercise/fitness affect the immune system?

How does exercise/fitness affect the immune system?

Yes, yes, yes.: Trust me, yes. Now you're getting into a lot of the biology and science of the human body, detailed analysis of immunity and the immune system, the plasticity and flexibility of the brain--once thought to be set in its ways, the human mind (the brain is physical matter, the mind is much much deeper, and machine will never even approach the complexity of the mind (no matter what cousin ray says)! ...Read more

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How does tobacco smoke affect the immune system?

How does tobacco smoke affect the immune system?

Not fully understood: but it is clear that the activity of autoimmune diseases, like ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and several others appear to be reduced in smokers. Nobody is sure whether it is only the nicotine or other elements in the smoke as well, but nicotine has known immunomodulating effects, reducing activity of several immune cells. Other smoke elements may affect local immunity in the air passages and lung ...Read more

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How does alcoholism affect my body?

How does alcoholism affect my body?

Many detriments: Medical problems from alcoholism include: depression, anxiety, suicide, liver failure, encephalopathy (brain problems), malnutrition, heart problems, ulcers, lung problems, aspiration pneumonias, esophageal problems, GI bleeding, kidney disease, bladder cancers, intestinal cancers, other cancers, bone marrow suppression, (need we go further?). ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

Definitely yes: It is well known that alcohol is a depressant of the CNS and vascular system, leading to irreversible changes in the peripheral nervous system. Additionally there is a direct neurotoxic effect of alcohol. The most frequent consequence of chronic alcohol intake is a toxic alcohol induced polyneuropathy.The symptoms include numbness of the soles, followed by discomfort of feet and legs. ...Read more

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How does polio negatively affect the nervous system?

How does polio negatively affect the nervous system?

Damages motor neuron: Polio virus attacks and damages motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain stem, causing a loss of their function and paralysis of the muscles they were supposed to control. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the body?

How does alcohol affect the body?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate. ...Read more

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How does HIV affect the immune system?

How does HIV affect the immune system?

HIV: Hiv is the disease that destroys cd4 helper t-cells in our body. Aids is the final stage when HIV has won and overwhelmed the immune system. There are so many good treatments, you must see your infectious disease specialist to be placed on appropriate HIV therapy. ...Read more

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How do diseases affect the nervous system? How does it deteriorate?

How do diseases affect the nervous system? How does it deteriorate?

Multiple Ways: Deceases can affect the nervous system in many ways the central nervous system interrupting the circulation what supplies do you want; they can trigger early early death of cells by affecting us can because metabolic disorders by mental conditions such as defoliants, metal intoxication ; nutritional deficiencies or excessive alcohol use. ...Read more

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How does aids affect the immune system?

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Hits white bld cells: The HIV virus (leading to aids) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "cd4+ t-helper" cell. With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. ...Read more

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How does age affect the immune system?

How does age affect the immune system?

Old age not golden : Advanced age seems at least in some people to lessen or blunt both immune recognition and the intensity of the humeral and cellular response. Additionally often skin barrier protection is affected as elderly are more prone to skin breakdown. Other protective functions such as cough can be diminished. Additionally other diseases, nutrition and hygiene can more likely affect the elderly. ...Read more

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How does humidity affect someone's immune system?

How does humidity affect someone's immune system?

One thought: Humidity can increase vegetation and growth of bacteria, mold, dust mites potentially creating a reactive response by the immune system to challenge, whether it be from infectious agents, commensal agents, or allergic agents. ...Read more

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How does caffeine affect the circulatory system?

How does caffeine affect the circulatory system?

Caffeine circulation: Great discussion at wikipedia. Ever heard of it? Give it a try. The effects are very complex and I have studied them. Cannot give adequate detail in 400 characters. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my brain?

Depends on you: If you are indeed an alcoholic, and have an associated nutritional deficiency, you could acquire wernicke-korsakoff syndrome with incoordination, gait imbalance, visual problems, confusion, and memory loss. Not unique if alcohol abuse to eventually develop brain atrophy and dementia. However, all is secondary to abuse, as moderation does not result in the above. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...Read more

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Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

Does alcohol use weaken the immune system?  I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

See answer: Over time, and with other underlying medical conditions, it may make you feel run down and weaken you, but generally, a glass of wine for example, as evidenced by several European studies, may provide some cardiac benefit, and has not revealed any immune system issues. ...Read more

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How long does the alcohol in the nyquil stays in the immune system?

How long does the alcohol in the nyquil stays in the immune system?

Alcohol in medicatio: Nyquil does contain alcohol, but it will not affect your immune system. Alcohol will be rapidly absorbed through the stomach lining and metabolized by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver. I suspect the alcohol in nyquil (if taken in usual dose) will be metabolized in a couple of hours or less. ...Read more

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My immune system is attacking my liver, what causes this? (I am a none drinker of alcohol)

My immune system is attacking my liver, what causes this? (I am a none drinker of alcohol)

Autoimmune hepatitis: we are not yet aware of the cause of autoimmune hepatitis. It's manifested by autoantibodies against the liver, manufactured by your own immune system. It can be a very aggressive disease, but often is very slow in its onset and its progression. Also, it is treatable, although some of the medicines can have side effects. It is vital that you are treated by a gastroenterologist . Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that drinking alcohol weakens the immune system?

Is it true that drinking alcohol weakens the immune system?

Alcoholism: On the long run yes, as the liver gets damaged from long term alcohol abuse, you may start losing the ability to produce Albumin that eventually affects the immune system. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

Definitely yes: It is well known that alcohol is a depressant of the CNS and vascular system, leading to irreversible changes in the peripheral nervous system. Additionally there is a direct neurotoxic effect of alcohol. The most frequent consequence of chronic alcohol intake is a toxic alcohol induced polyneuropathy.The symptoms include numbness of the soles, followed by discomfort of feet and legs. ...Read more

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Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Depends: The question is how much alcohol? Low doses of alcohol (1 standard drink/day in women and elderly, 2 per day in men) causes little or no problems in most people, and may actually increase the good cholesterol (hdl). Larger doses cause many problems, mostly to our ability to live with others successfully and navigate life's pathways, but also to the heart, liver, GI tract and every other organ. ...Read more

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Can having a recurring a UTI affect my immune system?

Unlikely: Recurrent utis are unlikely to affect your immune system. On the contrary, an impaired immune system is one of possible causes of recurrent utis. Constipation, urinary retention and sub-optimal toilet hygiene and large post-void residual can all be contributing causes of recurrent utis. ...Read more

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How can a significant wrist injury affect my immune system?

How can a significant wrist injury affect my immune system?

?: I can't think of an association of a wrist injury with an immune disorder other than if one is immune suppressed an infection can occur more easily anywhere. ...Read more

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I have a fear of vomiting so I compulsively wash my hands and disinfect my house. Will this negatively affect my immune system in the future?

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I have a fear of vomiting so I compulsively wash my hands and disinfect my house. Will this negatively affect my immune system in the future?

Likely not at 17: This will not likely affect your immune system but excessive exposure to disinfectants and chemicals may adversely impact your health and encourage the growth abx-resistant bacteria. ...Read more

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Will taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) suspension for 10days for a UTI negatively affect my immune system or the good bacteria in my gut? I am a 19yo male

Will taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) suspension for 10days for a UTI negatively affect my immune system or the good bacteria in my gut? I am a 19yo male

Not particularly: Any antibiotic you take will kill off any germ that is sensitive to it. That is in the gut or in your infection. Simply taking a probiotic or eating probiotic yoghurt will replenish what are killed. It has no other effect on your immune system. ...Read more

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Why can't our immune system defeat STIs?

Why can't our immune system defeat STIs?

It does!: You have a misunderstanding. Our immunity does defeat most STDs. Gonorrhea and chlamydia clear up within a few weeks or months, without treatment. HPV is cleared by the immune system, usually in a year or two. Immunity limits but does not cure syphilis. It doesn't clear herpes. Same for non-STD infections: immunity clears colds and most pneumonia, but often not tuberculosis, for example. ...Read more

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Can there be some reason why your immune system wouldn't fight disease at all?

Can there be some reason why your immune system wouldn't fight disease at all?

There some!: Job's syndrome-high ige, deficiency of iga-gi disease, parasites. Complement deficiency: propensity to lupus, ra, and sjogren's. But most people who catch diseases easily are stressed and fatigued. The stress can be emotional of physical or both! ...Read more

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If you have an asymptomatic illness, does that mean your immune system isn't fighting the illness off?

If you have an asymptomatic illness, does that mean your immune system isn't fighting the illness off?

Asymptomatic: If you have an illness that is asymptomatic then you should not feel the illness. Asymptomatic means no symptoms do it is hard to tell your sick. This would mean you immune system works. ...Read more

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What can i do to raise my immune system level?? Last time a i had a cold, coughs continued for 2 weeks and i wouldn't want that again.

What can i do to raise my immune system level?? Last time a i had a cold, coughs continued for 2 weeks and i wouldn't want that again.

Not unexpected: Some viral infection may cause a lingering cough for many weeks and the length of symptoms is not necessarily linked to your immune status but more to the virulence of the virus. To reduce the risk of catching a viral infection, wash your hands (or using sanitizer) before you eat or touch your face. If you fly, wipe clean the tray table, arm rest, and controls . Avoid sharing food or drink. ...Read more

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Why don't we have any cure for viruses other than our own immune system?

Why don't we have any cure for viruses other than our own immune system?

Multitude of reasons: Most importantly is that viruses keep mutating, i.e. Keep changing its form, and go deep into the nucleus of the living cell so becomes hard to reach, but there are some antiviral drugs that can kill those tiny creatures, much smaller than the large bacteria, most famous is acyclovir (zovirax) ...Read more

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How do I fix my immune system so I don't get colds so often?

How do I fix my immune system so I don't get colds so often?

Diet, supplements &: A healthy diet rich in fruits & vegies & avoiding sugar, fried foods and other immune stressors, a good multivitamin, & stress-reduction techniques are a good start. Many herbs can also enhance immune function such as ashwagandha, astragalus & medicinal mushrooms like reishi. Probiotics can also help. The road to immunity by kenneth bock md is a great book on comprehensive ways to boost immunity. ...Read more

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How to improve our immune system so we can't easylly to get sick ?

How to improve our immune system so we can't easylly to get sick ?

No sure way.: Staying in good physical shape with regular and moderate exercises plus a healthy diet may be helpful. Make sure your plasma vitamin D3 level is optimal since vitamin D3 is an important immune regulator. I would like to see the 25 oh vitamin D3 level between 60-80 ng instead of 30. More fruits and veggie. Wash your hands often especially before eating. Good sleep habit and mental attitude. ...Read more