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How Does The Immune System Affected By Ringworm
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Since they say HPV can clear most people affected...I am young with a steong immune system why was the virus not fought off?
Confused??: The primary infection of any of the dozens of HPV strains can clear in most people because their immune system does fight it, but the germ is not gone, it just moves into hibernation. That strain may never reactivate, but it may. Those strains associated with cervical cancer can wait decades before eventually triggering pre-cancerous changes. ...Read more
Miscarriage 3 months ago. Passed it on my own. Since then I stay very sick. Could that have affected my immune system? Seeing obgyn tomorrow.
Miscarriage: You may have retained some tissue ehich has caused an infection and making you quite ill. ...Read more
Is it safe to take one pack of methylprednisolone? I have a trip coming up and I would like to know if my immune system can be affected with one pack
No. Not safe: Do not take a medication unless there is a reason. This medication DOES reduce your immune system! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Possibly: As the other physicians have already mentioned, bacterial vaginosis occurs when "bad bacteria" outnumber the "good bacteria" that normally are present in the vagina. Certain cells and antibodies (mainly of the IgA class) help protect the vagina. However, douching, wiping from the anus to the vagina after bowel movements and multiple sex partners are all factors that increase BV. ...Read more
Is hashmotos reversible? Or does the immune system attack other organs after the thyroid can't the immune system be calmed down
Hashimoto's: Not generally reversible. Usually progresses to destruction of the thyroid gland so that thyroid hormone replacement is required. Antibodies in Hashimotos are specific to the thyroid, so limited in that sense. There are some who develop other autoimmune diseases but those diseases are generally considered separately. ...Read more
Calling the cavalry: When we're sick, our bodies are waging a war against germs. Our immune system sends out an army (of white blood cells and special chemicals) to fight off those enemy germs. We can keep our inner army strong by eating right, moving at least 30 minutes every day, sleeping well and balancing work/play. ...Read more
Tissue markers: The tissue markers on the transplanted tissue are different from your native markers. ...Read more
Part of the whole: The immune system is one part of the miracle of a human body. For your body to work properly it requires healthy food. Try to develop the habit of eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, moderate amounts of lean meats, and plenty of water. Eat slowly and stop when you begin to feel full. Eat very limited amounts of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. This type of diet will serve you well. ...Read more
Bronchitis: As with any infection, it may take a couple of weeks to fight a novel pathogen, or more quickly if it is from one that has attacked before. Bacterial bronchial infections should be treated with an antibiotic as it helps to hasten the resolution. If the infection is from a virus, it will usually resolve on its own. Asthma, smoking, or structural problems can complicate the problem. ...Read more
B/c it is foreign.: A newly transplanted organ is still from another body. The immune system recognizes this as foreign because it has slightly or greatly different hla/tissue types in its cells. These are matched as well as possible before transplant, but there are usually some differences as no two peopl;e are alike. Thus, it attacks it and will kill it unless immunosuppression is done by drugs, etc. ...Read more
Broad question: The immune system tailors it's response to various viruses and to various bacteria in several different ways that can be quite complex depending on how far you want to drill down. Some viruses are destroyed by specialized cytotoxic cells that kill the infected host cell thereby reducing viral replication. Some bacteria are lysed by a combination of antibodies and other blood components. ...Read more
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