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How Does Vyvanse Affect Your Immune System
I am fatigued, sleep a lot. I have ADHD and have used Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) in the past which helped a lot. If I have an auto immune disorder, is it ok to use?
No clear cut answer: I have not come across any literature to support the above claim ...Read more
Yes: Any physical or emotional stress, if significant, can affect your immune system. This includes lack of sleep, anxiety, emotional distress, etc. If you are having difficulty sleeping, try 20-30 minutes of exercise a couple of hours before bed. Melatonin is also a safe otc supplement that helps some people adjust their day/night cycle. ...Read more
H pylori: Usually only affects the stomach lining and does not affect the immune system. ...Read more
Can chronic anxiety, like GAD, affect your immune system? Can your brain actually make you feel physical symptoms of anxiey?
Yes.: GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder, by definition does produce some physical symptoms due to anxiety (like muscle tension, rapid HR, or trembling, amongst many other possible physical effects). Stress and anxiety that is untreated or inadequately treated can disrupt immune function and also contribute to other illness promoting behavior (neglecting hygiene & exercise, having trouble sleeping). ...Read more
It does!: You have a misunderstanding. Our immunity does defeat most STDs. Gonorrhea and chlamydia clear up within a few weeks or months, without treatment. HPV is cleared by the immune system, usually in a year or two. Immunity limits but does not cure syphilis. It doesn't clear herpes. Same for non-STD infections: immunity clears colds and most pneumonia, but often not tuberculosis, for example. ...Read more
If you have an asymptomatic illness, does that mean your immune system isn't fighting the illness off?
What can I do to raise my immune system level?? Last time a I had a cold, coughs continued for 2 weeks and I wouldn't want that again.
Not unexpected: Some viral infection may cause a lingering cough for many weeks and the length of symptoms is not necessarily linked to your immune status but more to the virulence of the virus. To reduce the risk of catching a viral infection, wash your hands (or using sanitizer) before you eat or touch your face. If you fly, wipe clean the tray table, arm rest, and controls. Avoid sharing food or drink. ...Read more
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
Diet, supplements &: A healthy diet rich in fruits & vegies & avoiding sugar, fried foods and other immune stressors, a good multivitamin, & stress-reduction techniques are a good start. Many herbs can also enhance immune function such as ashwagandha, astragalus & medicinal mushrooms like reishi. Probiotics can also help. The road to immunity by kenneth bock md is a great book on comprehensive ways to boost immunity. ...Read more
No sure way.: Staying in good physical shape with regular and moderate exercises plus a healthy diet may be helpful. Make sure your plasma vitamin D3 level is optimal since vitamin D3 is an important immune regulator. I would like to see the 25 oh vitamin D3 level between 60-80 ng instead of 30. More fruits and veggie. Wash your hands often especially before eating. Good sleep habit and mental attitude. ...Read more
GOOD diet: I sound like a "broken record" but it must be obvious to all that the only way that you can use an engine is by obeying the fuel rules in the owner's manual. The human body must have the right fuel for its cellular engines. We are wondrously made and all that is reqired is energy to run those engines. That comes from studying the right diet. It might require some supplements. ...Read more
Is it true that a child who never gets sick doesn't really improve or strengthen his immune system?
No: There are some kids with good reserve who acquire new germs occasionally & their immune quietly recognizes them & fights them off without the process rising to the level of a recognized illness. If we test these kids blood for immunity factors at a given age, they are as high or higher than some of the sickly ones. Most kids are not that lucky. ...Read more
been sick w many diff sicknesses consecutively in Jan. How do I make my immune system strong so I won't get sick w something else after this cold?
TLC: Adequate rest, healthy diet with whole foods, especially anti-inflammatory foods (greens, berries, turmeric and other spices salmon and other fatty fishes and chia seeds), regular exercise and stress management. Probiotics may also prove beneficial. Get checked out if you continue to get frequent illnesses. ...Read more
Is it possible to improve your immune system? Some people seem sick all the time and others who eat bad and don't exercise never seem to get sick?
We can easily think: That but the statistics say otherwise. Better lifestyles promote better health. Vitamin C in 2 doses - a.m. & p.m., mushroom supplements such as Maitake, exercise, and guided imagery can all be helpful. See your doc to rule out any medical conditions. Peace and good health. ...Read more
My question is, how can a sick person that has a compromised or week immune system be given perscription drugs but we can't give them to a well person?
Rx drugs: We need more information to answer your question. What specific drugs are you talking about? ...Read more
Immune system attack:
it is an insightful question! HIV agent attacks the immune cells themselves while most other infectious agents are attacked by cells of immune system as soon as they enter our body. Hiv enters the immune cells, kills them, causes programmed cell death of cells, and we lose cell-mediated immunity. This makes us defenseless against other invading organism and normally harmless germs. ...Read more
Can you tell me is it true that someone with a strong immune system won't catch a cold if they're sneezed on?
No: Contrary to popular belief, there's no such thing as a "strong immune system." there are weak immune systems and normal immune systems. People with normal immune systems still get colds when exposed to cold viruses their immune system hasn't seen before. ...Read more
When testing the immune system can bloods test. B cells t cells nk killer cells, what is the best way to test immune function in depth?
Good start: Yes, the parameters you mentioned can be tested easily, and there are numerous other tests which may help to assess "immune function" which can be utilized depending upon the clinical situation and indices of suspicion. You might see either an infectious diseases expert or an immunologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Ways I can boost my immune system? I work 2 jobs with 65 hours a week in total, I don't sleep much and I eat once a day. Is this a contributor?
I suffer from urti very often but never had fever since last 8 years. Does it mean that I have a problem with my immune system as I don't get fever??
Immune system: Allergies (sort of chronic inflammation) means rather a heightened immune system not a weak one, you had the problem for 8 years, and that's not uncommon, and you don't need to have fever if you have chronic rhino-sinusitis, which can allergic or non-allergic. You need to see an ENT or an allergist/immunologist, if you have access to one, for proper management, good luck ...Read more
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