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Immune System Deficiency
Immune deficiency: Usually, a person with an immune system deficiency suffers from an abnormal number or infections. To rule out CVID, an adult immunodeficiency requiring IV IG treatment, you need to see an immunologist who will test your reaction to vaccines like the Pneumovax or Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) among other parameters. Please ask your usual physician for a referral to an immunologist after ruling out other causes. ...Read more
Immunologists: Immunologists are the primary doctors to treat immunodeficiencies. Most of these doctors are also allergists. ...Read more
What can you not do with immunodeficiency? The difference with a normal immune system and having immunodeficiency. Like everyday stuff?
Unclear question: There are many kinds of immunodeficiencies, so we need to know exactly what is the type and the cause of your immunodeficiency. It can be low level of immune cells(lymphocytes) like in HIV infections or it can be low level of immunoglobulins. You can do most anything and everything unless it is a total failure of the immune system which is extremely rare(it is called combined immunodeficiency...Of. ...Read more
Are there any vitamins/foods that are proven (or recommended) to boost/strengthen immune system in a person with immunodeficiency?
It depends: Western medical doctors typically look for a deficiency (such as Vit D) or conditions which impacts the immune system. Therapy is then directed accordingly. In Washington State Naturopaths might have some other ideas and if you have a good Chinese Medicine Herbalist nearby check them out. Hopefully, there are biomarkers which can be followed to better assure effective therapy. ...Read more
Weak/achy for months. Docs checked immune system in depth and hematology checked blood in depth. No deficiencies/diseases. Should i be reassured?
Yes: The symptoms you are experiencing may be related to peri-menopausal status. That is a normal condition and you should not worry. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I am always feeling tired. I was born with an iron deficiency and weak immune system. What can I do go make myself more energetic?
Many answers: If you were born with iron deficiency, this should have been corrected. However i suspect that your problem is not from iron deficiency which can be easily verified by blood tests. Thus you need to see a doctor such as a hematologist to find out what may be causing your anemia. Depression is a far more likely cause for your lack of energy but make sure that nothing else could be wrong. ...Read more
Workup and treatment: There is a condition called thrush which may result in a coated flaky white surface of the tongue. This is caused by a fungus and is treatable. Patients though who experience recurrent or difficult to treat fungal infections should consult their physicians regarding additional testing including a CD4, CD8 count, and total white cell count and differential. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have common variable immune deficiency, and rheumy thinking lupus. Just checked complement system and c1q binding assay came back high? Lupus? Other
Immunity: I am confused? Maybe you simply have allergies or asthma and that is causing the symptoms, not necessarily an immune system weakness. If immune deficiency runs in the family then consider evaluation. Unfortunately, doctors throw antibiotics at everything and it is not always an infection. ...Read more
Is menthol crystal bad for ones immune system if inhaled. I normally mix it with Vicks vaporup, I don't know y i do, i guess i just like the scent, so is it?
Not known to be bad: Like many natural remedies research is limited, but i could find no evidence that menthol crystals are harmful. See http://www.Globalhealingcenter.Com/natural-health/menthol-crystals-for-lung-cleansing/ for the best article I have found on the benefits of menthol crystals. ...Read more
How do you boost 3 y.O. Immune system? Up to date on shots but has had influenza a & b. Similar symptoms again. On singular and daily vitamin.
Maybe stop singulair (montelukast): It's very frustrating to have a sick kid, one with allergies or asthma, or any chronic illness. There are drawbacks from any medication, but one of the adverse effects from singulair (montelukast) can be an increased risk of viral illness. You should consider talking to your doctor about a different allergy medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cells,tissues,organs: The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks. Lymphoid organs (produce white blood cells that fight invading organisms) found throughout body, in bone marrow, thymus gland, lymph nodes, tonsils, appendix, lining of digestive tract and lungs. ...Read more
Stay physically fit: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more
Live healthy: The best way to boost your immunity is to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough rest and sleep. Also, you should refrain from being "too clean". There is no need for vitamins or supplements. Very few of the many supplements advertised for boosting the immune system are truly active. ...Read more
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