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Can a ringworm significantly lower your immune system?

Can a ringworm significantly lower your immune system?

No: Our skin surface is like a bed of leaves on the forest floor. The oldest skin is near the top while the newest skin is at the bottom. Ring worm occurs when the fungal spores get into the top layers & eat the older skin. It doesn't go deep enough to go near the blood where it would affect your immune system. Some local immune factors are occasionally active but nothing important.

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Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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How is my immune system affected by environmental stress?

How is my immune system affected by environmental stress?

Stress: Stress definitely weakens the immune system but it is considered a minor weakening, definitely not to the point of a true immune deficiency.

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Are your immune system or liver affected by toxic shock syndrome?

Are your immune system or liver affected by toxic shock syndrome?

TSS: It can definitely have an effect on both the immune system and liver as well as the kidneys, skin, GI tract, etc. It depends on the severity of the tss.

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Since they say HPV can clear most people affected...I am young with a steong immune system why was the virus not fought off?

Since they say HPV can clear most people affected...I am young with a steong immune system why was the virus not fought off?

HPV: Viruses are very difficult to clear. Many, such as hpv, lay dormant in the nerve cells of our body. Then something triggers their re-activation. You will always have positive antibodies to hpv since you have been exposed.

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What immune system cells are directly affected by the HIV infection?

What immune system cells are directly affected by the HIV infection?

Easy answer: All cells bearing the CD4 protein are prone to be invaded directly. This is mostly the big class of T-helper cells and the dendritic macrophage family. You'll go crazy if you study the molecules in depth; this is your best answer to a first approximation.

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Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Maybe: Ringworm may or may not remit in weeks or months. In the meantime, treatment is utterly banal -- almost any cheap, safe topical fungicide will do the trick in a few days. For the sake of your co-workers, any romantic partners, and yourself -- take care of your ringworm like a 21st century gentleman.

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What role does the immune system play with ms?

What role does the immune system play with ms?

Very complicated: Latest info suggests an inborn genetic susceptibility with environmental triggering events. The basic pathology causes the immune system to mistake brain and spinal cord myelin as a foreign entity. Data regarding grey matter involvement is starting to explain much of what is occurring. All current meds target lymphocyte trafficking, (t cells), but the b cell research is exciting.

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How does the immune system maintains homeostasis?

How does the immune system maintains homeostasis?

Immune system: This is a very in-depth topic that could never be described with adequate detail in this little box. Please check out this website for specific information on the entire immune system. Http://www. Niaid. Nih. Gov/topics/immunesystem/pages/default. Aspx.

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How does the immune system help maintain homeostasis?

How does the immune system help maintain homeostasis?

Controls microbes: The specific and non-specific immune systems work together to maintain a balance with the microbial world. Bacteria and fungi that colonize the body's surfaces; the skin, the respiratory tract and the GI tract are met at those surfaces they do not invade. The micro biome (these colonizing microbes) play an important role in homeostasis.

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If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

Consider this...: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.).

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Why does the immune system attack a person's newly replaced organ?

Why does the immune system attack a person's newly replaced organ?

Foreign antigens: A person's immune system will see a replaced organ as a foreign object unless the tissues are identical (from an identical twin or tissue grown from one's own cells). To prevent rejection of the organ, doctors often have to give medications to suppress this unwanted immune response. The closer the tissues mach, there is a lower probability of the unwanted immune response.

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How does the immune system fight malaria?

How does the immune system fight malaria?

Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria.

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How does the immune system fight off germs?

Heard to simplify.: Like a complicated orchestra plays a difficult score. Different germs produce different responses. There are is nonspecific and specific immune responses. Even the skin oils, saliva, stomach acid tears and sweat are important here. It is much to difficult to quickly answer which is why I taught a course taking 20 hours on the subject to medical students.

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Why does the immune system reject a transplanted organ?

Why does the immune system reject a transplanted organ?

Identical difficult: One of the functions of the immune system is recognize "self" from "non-self". Although as close a match between donor and recipient is attempted except for identical twins a "perfect" match is almost a mathematical impossibility. Therefore there are one to multiple immunologic differences that stimulate an immune response or regection.

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How does the immune system fight cancer?

How does the immune system fight cancer?

Complicated: Natural killer cells can recognize tumor cells and virally infected cells and destroy those. T-cells and antibodies to markers on tumor cells may also destroy tumor cells. Unfortunately, most of the time, some cancer cells evade this destruction and continue the disease process. The hope and potential of immune therapy remains to be realized.

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How does the immune system protect from cancer?

How does the immune system protect from cancer?

Complicated: By fighting tumor causing viruses, e.G, ebv, hpv, good immune response may prevent the development of tumors. There is a general hypothesis that tumors have antigens not present on normal cells and that immune system may be able to eliminate incipient cancers. However the system is far from perfect as cancers occur all the time.

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Does the immune system protect against cancer too?

Yes: Natural killer cells help to kill cells that it recognizes as abnormal. So a poorly functioning immune system may make you more likely to develop cancer.

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How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease.

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more