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Doctor insights on: How Is The Immune System Affected By Extreme Radiation

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Does radiation lower immune system?

Does radiation lower immune system?

Yes: Radiation primarily has its effects on lymphoid tissue. Lymphocytes are in part responsible for helping to fight off infections. ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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With radiation, my mom's white blood cells have decreased.Please, how can she improve her immune system? naturally?...and not? thanks

With radiation, my mom's white blood cells have decreased.Please, how can she improve her immune system? naturally?...and not? thanks

Takes time: It may take awhile for her WBC to get back to normal and in the meanwhile keep her away from people who appear to be ill. ...Read more

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Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer? I seem to get sick a lot now.

Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer?  I seem to get sick a lot now.

Not likely: Your immune system should have recovered in this interval. It is appropriate to have an evaluation by your physician to see what may be contributing to your problem of frequent illness. ...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. ...Read more

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If your immune system mediated an extreme severe aggressive attack on peripheral nerves killing the nerves surely you would feel nerves being attacked

If your immune system mediated an extreme severe aggressive attack on peripheral nerves killing the nerves surely you would feel nerves being attacked

See below: Most immune disorders affecting the peripheral nerves do not seem very painful, and rather insidious. An acute problem guillain-barre causes progressive weakness, and one variant affects the eyes and coordination. A more chronic process, cidp also results in weakness, over several weeks to months. The nerves are not usually "killed". ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more