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My sebaceous glands are over active. Almost done fighting cold/flu. Could it be immune system reaction, hormones or simply change in weather. Male 42?

My sebaceous glands are over active. Almost done fighting cold/flu.  Could it be immune system reaction, hormones or simply change in weather. Male 42?

ComplexManyBehaviors: blamed on outer influences &/or internal controls without much understanding; the reason that so many promoted treatments do not work (or not well) despite complexity & expense. The medical disease industry (including those with MDs) only partially understand Soul?Mind?Brain?Body creatures. Primary control of sebaceous glands is autonomic. Many do better with LCHF foods, study DietDoctor.com ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?

Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?

HIV: There is a rare subgroup of individuals who have an altered version of the viral attachment site for the cell. Generally this means that the infection progresses less rapidly, but prevention is conceivable. Transmission is never 100% and the lower the viral load the lower the risk of infection, but not because the immune system fights it off. ...Read more

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Is cur-cumin truly helpful to cure HPV? Will it really reduce cancer risk & assist my immune system to fight the virus? Will HPV leave my body ever?

Is cur-cumin truly helpful to cure HPV? Will it really reduce cancer risk & assist my immune system to fight the virus? Will HPV leave my body ever?

Adjunct only: HPV often goes away by itself, but a claim like this is (to put it too kindly) an "exaggeration". If you're interested in herbals and kitchen-condiments-as-cure-alls, get with an evidence-based holist in your community. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do vaccines come with risks? I'm in 9th grade taking biology and we learned that vaccines are dead viruses which provoke immune response so the immune system recognizes the virus and knows how to fight it in the future. Then why do some vaccines say d

Why do vaccines come with risks? I'm in 9th grade taking biology and we learned that vaccines are dead viruses which provoke immune response so the immune system recognizes the virus and knows how to fight it in the future. Then why do some vaccines say d

Very : Very good questions. No product is pure. Additives are there to maintain the "viability" of the vaccine. Have you ever had organic vs non organic foods? Which last longer.? The production of these vaccines are in the millions and they are only used at certain times and so need to maintain stability. Also note - not all vaccines are dead vaccines . There are live ones which cannot be given to some people who are immunocompromised. As with almost everything -nothing lasts forever- so booster shots are required. I hope this answers some of your questions. ...Read more

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How does the immune system work when it encounters a type of virus/bacteria?

How does the immune system work when it encounters a type of virus/bacteria?

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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How can viruses undermine our immune system?

How can viruses undermine our immune system?

Many: Since viruses can insert their DNA into our cells, they can modify our immune system mostly transiently. The extreme example would be HIV which destroys the lymphocytes which are the backbone of our immune system. ...Read more

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What are some viruses that directly attack the immune system?

What are some viruses that directly attack the immune system?

Complicated: But an example would be HIV (the virus which causes aids), or its relatives like htlv (human lymphotropic viruses), which directly attack cells which are a direct part of our immune system. Other viruses may attack organs like the spleen which are necessary for immune function. ...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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Disease caused by a virus that leads to a gradual destructionn of immune system, what to do?

Disease caused by a virus that leads to a gradual destructionn of immune system, what to do?

See doc or clinic...: If you are concerned that you have a viral infection that is gradually destroying your immune system, then please see a physician for diagnosis and therapy. There are some antiviral medications that might help you. If financial resources are limiting, then go to a public clinic where payments are based upon your ability to pay. Empower yourself. You are worth it. ...Read more

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Why can't our immune system clear HIV like other viruses?

Why can't our immune system clear HIV like other viruses?

HIV...: ...Damages the immune system itself; the mechanism it uses to develop immune response to other viruses, HIV uses to infect new cells. ...Read more

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What elements of the immune system would help rid the body of a virus that had already invaded a cell?t

What  elements of the immune system would help rid the body of a virus that had already invaded a cell?t

T cell: T cells - cytotoxic t-cell mediated immunity againt virus infected cells through both direct and indirect killing mechanisms. ADCC - antibody mediated cytotoxicity: antibody also play a role in bringing T cells to the virus-infected cells. ...Read more

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What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

Live or let die: This would be highly unusual since there are reserve system in the body to fight against virus. If you have absolutely no immune response, then you will have to wait till the virus dies out or kills you in the interim. However this scenario would be a highly unlikely one. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

Does the human body use fat to be energetic and heal the immune system, heal cancers and viruses, and make body functions more efficient?

It's source of Ener: Fat just like other 2 main nutrients of our diet(Carbohydrates and Proteins) is a source of energy to run the body machine. It does not have any specific or selective role for the other functions(immunity, healing of cancer etc) that you have listed. In this reference we can be healthy/ normal with small amounts of Fat intake unless you do physical labor requiring extra energy. ...Read more

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Does immune system destroy common warts virus?

Does immune system destroy common warts virus?

It can....: Get it treated! you can use the liquid you can also try oral Cimetidine (400 mg three times a day for 12-16 weeks). This is very safe and had the side effect of getting rid of warts for many people of adult size and weight (japma november 1, 1995 vol. 85 no. 11 717-718 ). It seems to boost the immune system and help get rid of warts. ...Read more

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Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Help can cryotherapy make the immune system wake up and suppress the HPV virus?

Here are some ...: Cryo is to destroy or de-naturalize the cells within a lesion such as tumors with liquid argon or warts with liquid nitrogen. After such procedure, the targeted tissues are so destroyed or de-naturalized to become not good enough to act as an agent to incite immune response. So, I doubt cyro will do what you asked. Nonetheless, behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we don't know. ...Read more