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How Does My Immune System Fix Gastrointestinal Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Intriguing: We don't know how or why infection with nematodes minimizes the chance of developing autoimune diseases such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis. Preliminary research indicates an interacton between t-helper cells (part of immune system) and nematodes. More research is underway. ...Read more
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Respond or cured ?: If you mean in the middle ear, that varies. Once there is any fever or pain there are local chemical factors released that are part of the immune response. Viral agents would likely be cleared within a week, while bacteria could be walled off & cleared in 8-12 weeks. However, sometimes these become chronic, can erode bone or form an abscess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?
Roque immune system: I think one need to think more about a rogue immune reaction thereby causing autoimmune disorder instead of an overactive one. An autoimmune problem happens when the immune system malfunctions and starts attacking one's own tissue thereby leading to illnesses such as Crohn's disease, lupus etc. ...Read more
Complicated: The reasons that herpes simplex reactivates is not known, but almost any form of stress, whether emotional or physical may cause it in some individuals. Yes, sinus and other infections can result in cold sores, although they are not necessarily a direct cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I keep having canker sores while my immune system is good. What other than a weakened immune system can cause this?
Spicy foods.: Most people will get a canker sore at some point during life... It is normal, an inconvenience, but normal. One of the most common canker sore cause is spicy or acidic food: spaghetti sauce, orange juice, salsa. Canker sores become concerning only if the same one persists greater than 2 weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Our immune system is constantly fighting off invaders . If you already have the antibodies in the system for that particular organism, you will likely recover sooner. That's why you should be sure that your immunization be updated. If your immune system is really abnormally, you may need regular gammaglobulin replacement. ...Read more
How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?
The Microbiome... : Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fitness: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more
Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema with attempts to hydrate. Shock with capillary leakage, seizures, coma & respiratory distress herald death. ...Read more
Probiotics: Align is a strain of the Bifidobacter bacteria. We don't quite know how probiotics might work. They likely have several effects. They could occupy their own niche in the microbiome, stimulate the immune system to be more tolerant, influence the growth and metabolic activity of surrounding bacteria, produce their own products to improve gut health by fortifying tight junctions, etc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Panic attacks: Panic attacks can often seem like one is having a heart attack, when in all actuality the chest pains are the body's reaction to unprocessed stress overload, and not a cardiac even of one sort or another, which can be ruled out in either your general practitioner's office or in the Emergency Room. And yes, the immune system can weaken as a reaction to prolonged stress combined with sleep loss. ...Read more
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