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How Does The Common Cold Affect The Respiratory System
Could you tell me what functions do the cardiovascular system and respiratory system have in common?
Sure: When the immune system sees a new infection it stimulates the production of memory antibodies specific to, that organism. The next time the body gets infected these memory antibodies are immediately present inactivating the agent. The common cold virus however frequently changes so that the memory antibodies may not recognize it which causes an infection. ...Read more
Many times: "Common colds" have the same symptoms of "lack of moisture" or allergies or both. Try a steroid nasal spray--Nasal Cort is over the counter now. And when the heat is on in the house, make sure you have a humidifier in the bedroom, and use Ayr saline nasal or gel mist frequently. Keeps your nose :) ...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 (infliximab). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a common cold or the flu likely to reduce affect immune system sufficiently to allow the recurrence of a head/neck cancer?
Fluids and rest: The basis of treatment was rest and fluids. At that time Aspirin was used for children but is is no longer used for flu like illnesses due to its association with reyes syndrome. Decongestants as nasal sprays and orlly will help. Now Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen and used to treat fever adn muscle aches. Using a vaporizor may help break up congestion and ease respiratory symptoms. ...Read more
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