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How Long After Pregnancy Is The Immune System Supressed
Not immunosuppressed: There is a misconception that pregnancy causes immunosuppression when in reality there is a change in the immune system, in that it modualtes it's response dependent on the virus/bacteria. So, in reality, pregnancy does not cause immunosuppression, and after pregnancy, the body returns to it's "normal" way to react to pathogens. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Can be: But not necessarily. Mono can be a mild or significant illness. I have found that chinese medicine is the best answer! . All my mono patients I have see the chinese medicine practitioners. Recovery is shorter, the immune system restores quicker, fatigue is less, any lab abnormalities resolve faster. Look into it. You will be pleased. ...Read more
A normal life: Essentially a near normal life. National data from the nih and cdc show the average life expectancy to be measured just several years short of what would otherwise be expected. It is essential though to have routine follow ups with a qualified infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
Close contact: Around the world eb virus infections (mono) are commonly experienced in early childhood. The virus is spread in the saliva of both symptomatic & some asymptomatic patients & can live for several hours outside the body. Incubation can be 30-50 days & symptoms can be minimal, last o few weeks or a few months in < 10%90% of adults have been infected in their lifetime. ...Read more
Primary/long term: Primary clearance usually occurs within 2-3 years. However, this family of viruses is well known to have the ability to hibernate in your tissues for your lifetime. You can have recurrent warts (if that is your strain) or the cancer associated strains could trigger changes decades later. You may also shed active virus intermittently. ...Read more
What are the long-term effects of chemo and immunosuppressants? (long after you're cured). Will your immune system always remain more compromised?
Not true: The immune system is minimally compromised during chemo but the effects are temporary. As soon as the blood counts recover (4 weeks after last chemo), the immune system is practically back to normal. Total body irradiation as done for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is the only therapy that has longer lasting immunosuppression. ...Read more
Hi I would like to know, how long does it usually take for a healthier immune system if I have a balanced diet, proper excersice, and 8 hours of sleep?
It will come: You sound like you are on the right track...Follow with your family doc for regular checks and advice. ...Read more
Since we all have cancer cells in our body but our body fights them, but what causes those cells to eventually no longer be defeated by our immune system?
Using daily valtrex (valacyclovir) for herpies2 is there any long term effects and does it damage immune system long term taking valtrex (valacyclovir) daily 1000 mg per day?
Very well tolerated: Valacyclovir is one of the safest and best tolerated of all drugs. Side effects are very rare and many patients take it for many years with no problem at all. It has no effect on the immune system. But be aware it doesn't 100% prevent outbreaks, viral shedding, or transmission. You still need to inform partners and use condoms, unless with a partner who is aware and willing to take the risk. ...Read more
Alcohol in medicatio: Nyquil does contain alcohol, but it will not affect your immune system. Alcohol will be rapidly absorbed through the stomach lining and metabolized by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver. I suspect the alcohol in nyquil (if taken in usual dose) will be metabolized in a couple of hours or less. ...Read more
Is taking antihistamine everyday bad for you in the long term? Will my immune system get impaired?
No and no.: There are no known longterm sequellae from antihistamines. I would stick with the long-acting, non-sedating ones, such as Allegra and Claritin, (loratadine) since the short-acting ones can make you drowsy. Antihistamines do not affect the immune system in any measurable way. ...Read more
How do you live a live long life with weaker immune system (no spleen). How weaker is it without a spleen and what way is it weaker?
Immunized: Here is a excerpt from the Merck Manual:People who do not have a spleen are at. High risk of infections because of the spleen’s role in fighting certain kinds of bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. Because of this risk, people receive vaccinations to help protect them from infection with these organisms. Get immunized. ...Read more
My immune system is attacking my organs and systems. I have done long-term iViG with some cognitive improvement; however I need an expert?
Don't quite: Understand what you meant by your statement about your immune system and cognitive improvement! However, if you need an expert to decipher your condition, kindly go to a University / Teaching Hospital to see a rheumatologist first, with possible input from an Immunologist, good luck ...Read more
I have allergies all yr long. Does that mean my immune system is extra vigilant to all invaders or does it mean that I am more likely to get sick?
Not all invaders: Your body is indeed hypervigilant but not to all invaders, only to those you are sensitized to. Allergies develop because your body recognizes specific things as foreign and over-reacts to them. If your allergy symptoms involve irritated and swollen nasal tissue, open skin lesions, things like these can make you more prone to infections. ...Read more
Can long periods of prolonged stress make your immune system weak or go into chronic stress mode? If so, how do you recover?
Stress not good: Chronic stress is not good for anyone and potentially can affect your immune system although it is difficult to prove with double-blind studies. The logical way is to remove the cause of the stress which is not always possible. Other than that, a regular exercise program, yoga, or meditation may help reduce stress. ...Read more
Every time I seem to get a cut it takes a long time to heal and always leaves a scar, I know I'm not diabetic. Is it my immune system that is weak?
How good is Immunace? Is it really effective to enhance & support the immune system? Is it harmful in the long run of constant usage & intake?? Thnxxx
Not harmful: Probably not very effective either. It contains some vitamins and micronutrients, all of which could be easily obtained from a healthy diet. Eat at least 100 g protein daily with 7 or more servings of fruits or vegetables. Limit carbohydrates and exercise 150 minutes per week. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle: There is no magic secret in order to be healthier. Usually a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, regular exercise and abstinence from tobacco, alcohol in excess and drugs is all it takes. However, there are some medical problems that might cause frequent infections and sickness, and for that your would need evaluation and get tested. If that is the case schedule a visit w/ pcp. ...Read more
Does exposure of the body to cortisol leads to permanent deterioration of the immune system due to long-term suppression?
Smoked 1/2 ppd for 6 years. Quite 2 weeks ago. How long until my immune system returns to normal? Will my body ever be like a never-smoker?
Congrats: Kudos for quitting smoking. Since you had not been a long-time heavy smoker, you will likely end up ok. However one's lung changes forever with smoking even though the changes in your case will not likely be significant. Your immune system should be ok as well. ...Read more
How long does it take for your immune system to adapt to a new country? Ami expat in Austria 3+ years;healthy lifestyle; get sick much more than in US
It depends: It depends on the cause of the nasal problem and the degree to which the immune system is depressed. ...Read more
Immune/sleep: Some parts of the immune system (cellular mediated) are immediately changed (fast changes in chemical mediators such as cytokines), but humoral mediated immunity can sometimes take more time, such as weeks to months to recover, also dependent on degree of sleep deprivation and duration. ...Read more
Take a nap: Rest is the best thing you can do for your body before a long flight. During the flight drink lots of water & avoid those little bottles of alcohol. Water will keep you hydrated and ultimately force you to use the restroom. This has the added advantage of forcing you to move about the cabin improving circulation in your legs & preventing blood clots. Don't forget to wash your hands. ...Read more
How long does it take your immune system to rebuild? What are some good things to take to help it along?
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