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How Does Tuberculosis Affect The Immune System
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more
Can healthy, well nourished people with an average immune system contract tuberculosis? Can any docs explain?
Yes it can: Radiation therapy- to treat cancer- causes dna damage to both healthy and cancerous cells within the radiation area treated. The healthy cells can repair themselves while cancer cells generally cannot and die. However, during radiation and for a few weeks, healthy cells are injured. If long bones are in the radiation field, bone marrow function decreases and infection risk is raised temporarily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HIV: Hiv is the disease that destroys cd4 helper t-cells in our body. Aids is the final stage when HIV has won and overwhelmed the immune system. There are so many good treatments, you must see your infectious disease specialist to be placed on appropriate HIV therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, yes, yes.: Trust me, yes. Now you're getting into a lot of the biology and science of the human body, detailed analysis of immunity and the immune system, the plasticity and flexibility of the brain--once thought to be set in its ways, the human mind (the brain is physical matter, the mind is much much deeper, and machine will never even approach the complexity of the mind (no matter what cousin ray says)! ...Read more
That's silly: Please forgive my frankness. The immune system is enormously complex, and anyone wishing to publish a junk paper can demonstrate that something impacts some immune cell in culture. Worthless remedies are promoted as "strengthening the immune system." and there is no empirical or theoretical evidence for thinking that enjoying your body will compromise your ability to fight infections. ...Read more
Infections good/bad: Can be good or bad. Germs (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc) stimulate one or more response(s) by immune system to isolate and destroy the "attacker" which is usually good. However that immune response may be excessive leading to disease (ie autoimmune illnesses) bad. The improvement in childhood health may be contributing to the increase in allergy, the hygiene hypothesis, usually a negative. ...Read more
How much does enbrel (etanercept) affect the immune system and how careful do I have to be around those who are sick? Can I be around them?
Immunodeficiency: Embrel is a powerful suppressor of the immune response. Patients should be screening for tuberculosis infections because it can get easily activated. It is recommended to avoid exposure to infections while receiving embrel because some infections might become unusually severe due to the depression of immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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