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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Immune Suppression (Overview)

Immune suppression is also known as Immunosuppression. Immune system suppressors are a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

Many things: Wash hands often, stay away from ill people, don't touch your face after being in public (until you've washed your hands), wear a mask if you must be in a hospital, day care or other facility where people may be ill. Don't eat in restaurants that do not have an "a" rating, avoid pot lucks and buffets, don't share food, drink or utensils with others. Clean cuts quickly, use new razors, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
116 doctors shared insights

Immune Suppression (Overview)

Immune suppression is also known as Immunosuppression. Immune system suppressors are a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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Is chronically borderline low wbc concerning? Most recently 4.3 w/ reference range 3.4-10.8. All differentials in range. Indicate immune suppression?

Is chronically borderline low wbc concerning? Most recently 4.3 w/ reference range 3.4-10.8. All differentials in range. Indicate immune suppression?

Individual Normals: Individuals tend to be consistent for many such variables over time, though disease or other change in health can alter them. normal ranges are designed to include only 95% of people who are healthy. Being consistently on the low end or even just below the range. While some "normal" values may indeed indicate disease for that person, it is more common for normal people to fall just outside normal. ...Read more

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What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

Many Considerations: There are many issues that can affect the amount of immunosuppression given to a recipient. The relationship between the donor and the recipient, the specific donor kidney source, the age of the recipient, the liver and bone marrow function, prior use of immunosuppressive drugs, prior cancer or infections, are just some of the medical variables that play a role. ...Read more

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Has abscess on butt for first time. On remicade for uc (3 infusions so far). Is this due to dormant infection exploding from immune suppression?

Yes, partly: Infliximab lowers your ability to fight infection. You should be very careful about keeping your body clean-more than usual. The abscess should be opened to help it heal. Tell the doc who rx'd Infliximab about the abscess before you get your next dose. If other abscesses develope, you may have to stop the drug. ...Read more

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Is there any viral infections known to cause bone pain of 2 and a half months along with severe immune suppression that last with out treatment forit?

Is there any viral infections known to cause  bone pain of 2 and a half months along with severe immune suppression that last with out treatment forit?

Chikungunya: I don't know if you would have the appropriate exposure history - but chikunguyna comes to mind. It's possible to get infected with this by a mosquito - then have prolonged joint/bone pains. Best to see a doctor about this... http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/symptoms/index.html ...Read more

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Hi I'm on immune suppression medications, I have doxycycline hyclate, can I take it for a sinus infection? Any negative interaction w suppression med

Hi  I'm on immune suppression medications, I have doxycycline hyclate, can I take it for a sinus infection? Any negative interaction w suppression med

Check with doctor: Each immunosuppressive drug has its own drug interaction profile and thus you will need to check with your doctor re. such interaction. I am more concerned about doxycycline slowing down the breakdown of the immunosuppressive agent than vice versa. ...Read more

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What about radiation for breast cancer hitting the thymus gland? Can this not cause immune suppression?

What about radiation for breast cancer hitting the thymus gland?  Can this not cause immune suppression?

Not usually: The thymus is largest in weight at puberty and then regresses. Immune system than is maintained by other sources in the body. Immune cells are cells in the blood stream and bone marrow in adults. ...Read more

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How do antibiotics lead to immune suppression ? Dont make sense.

How do antibiotics lead to immune suppression ? Dont make sense.

They don't: In general, they don't lead to immune suppression. The concern is that unnecessary use of antibiotics can lead to bacterial drug resistance, rendering current antibiotics ineffective. There are a small number of antibiotics that can cause bone marrow suppression, leading to lower white blood cell counts, but this is uncommon and doesn't usually cause true immune suppression. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunosuppression?

What is the definition or description of: immunosuppression?

Lowered defenses: Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted actions on this system. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Selke
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Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more