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Doctor insights on: Immune System Fight

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How can our immune system fight foreign bodies?

How can our immune system fight foreign bodies?

Complex: The immune system has many arms in fending off outside invades and cancer cells. The innate one is less specific or nonspecific, the acquired ones target specifically an agent. Then there are antibodies, killer cells. Cytotoxic lymphocytes, complements etc. Our immune system is akin to our defense department using multiple tools to meet a specific threat. We are in trouble when it fails. ...Read more

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Why does the immune system fight & heal physical illnesses but most likely not or never mental illnesses?

Why does the immune system fight & heal physical illnesses but most likely not or never mental illnesses?

Mental illness: This is a very good question and the answer has eluded the medical profession for a long time. Not all mental illness is based on a immune imbalance though and some is related to hormonal imbalances. The workings of the brain are still pretty mysterious. Stay tuned. ...Read more

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Can your immune system fight chalmdyia there is mixed info on the net one person says yes the other say no so what's the truth?

Can your immune system fight chalmdyia there is mixed info on the net one person says yes the other say no so what's the truth?

Depends: The truth is- it depends on your immune system and everyone is different. If your immune system recognizes the infection and is able to launch the right white cells and antibodies, it should be able to do it. ...Read more

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How can our immune system fight anthrax?

How can our immune system fight anthrax?

Vaccination: A vaccine for anthrax was available a while ago and was given to military personnel. For microbial diseases, vaccination is the best way to support the immune system to fight the infection. ...Read more

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How does the immune system fight malaria?

How does the immune system fight malaria?

Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria. ...Read more

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How does the immune system fight off germs?

How does the immune system fight off germs?

Heard to simplify.: Like a complicated orchestra plays a difficult score. Different germs produce different responses. There are is nonspecific and specific immune responses. Even the skin oils, saliva, stomach acid tears and sweat are important here. It is much to difficult to quickly answer which is why I taught a course taking 20 hours on the subject to medical students. ...Read more

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What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?

What's your thoughts are on using Echinacea? Does it really work to boost immune system, fight colds? Dose/strength/name brand?

Inconsistent studies: Many studies show echinacea modestly reduces cold symptoms while others show no benefit-they've used diff. Varieties ; preparations- see http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.Html
echinaforce is one type shown to work. Other herbs are more impressive for boosting immunity, like andrographis ; astragalus. Pelargonium sidoides (umcka) has much better evidence for treating colds. ...Read more

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How does the immune system fight cancer?

How does the immune system fight cancer?

Complicated: Natural killer cells can recognize tumor cells and virally infected cells and destroy those. T-cells and antibodies to markers on tumor cells may also destroy tumor cells. Unfortunately, most of the time, some cancer cells evade this destruction and continue the disease process. The hope and potential of immune therapy remains to be realized. ...Read more

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How can the immune system fight off infection?

Immune system: It is a multi-pronged attack too big to describe here.....So follow this link.

http://www. Niaid. Nih. Gov/topics/immunesystem/pages/default. Aspx. ...Read more

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Can an immune system fight the rabies from a cat?

Can an immune system fight the rabies from a cat?

Rabies: This is a very serious illness and can be fatal. Immune system cannot fight. That is why anti- Rabies Vaccine is administered. ...Read more

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What food help the immune system fight off an infection?

What food help the immune system fight off an infection?

Nothing specific...: There are no specific foods studied in the scientific literature that boost the immune system but eating a healthy diet in general is good for all aspects of health. A diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats will certainly make you feel good. ...Read more

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Can someone's immune system fight off hav means can they fight off hbv too?

Can someone's immune system fight off hav means can they fight off hbv too?

Not the same: People can cure themselves of hepatitis B, but it's much less common than hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is virtually always cured by the body. Hepatitis B often becomes chronic, and can lead to cirrhosis, cancer and death. ...Read more

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How can the immune system fight a viral infection?

How can the immune system fight a viral infection?

Several: When the body encounters a virus, it may mount multiple responses to it. This include the production of specific antibody, activation of the body's killer cells, production of mediators such as interferons- just to name a few. ...Read more

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How does the immune system fights a viral infection step by step?

How does the immune system fights a viral infection step by step?

Immune defense: TheRe are textbooks written about this, this is not the right forum for your question. ...Read more

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Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?

Is it possible that if a person become in contact with HIV through sex and the virus is at a low level, can the immune system fight it off?

HIV: There is a rare subgroup of individuals who have an altered version of the viral attachment site for the cell. Generally this means that the infection progresses less rapidly, but prevention is conceivable. Transmission is never 100% and the lower the viral load the lower the risk of infection, but not because the immune system fights it off. ...Read more

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Why can't you immune system fight off h. Pylori infections?

Why can't you immune system fight off h. Pylori infections?

Bacteria: Heco bac pylori is an bac infec, so get antibiotic plus antacid, if your immunity is good, healing would be faser to the wound caused by bacteria see a g, I doc. ...Read more

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Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read more

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How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

The Microbiome...: Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome).
By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Can you tell me how Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Prepared antibody: The HIB vaccine allows the body to prepare blocking antibodies ahead of time. Antibodies form to the vaccine antigen that will be immediately available to the patient if they are ever exposed to the germ, so the germ is prevented from invading the body. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Unlikely: Hib vaccine is helpful when given early in life to build antibiodies that protect the infant/kid from hib disease later in life. It can be given as early as 6 weeks. It is of no benefit when given to a kid in the middle of hib disease (takes 2 or more weeks to generate antibodies). ...Read more

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Is it possible after taking 3 tablets of clarithromycin and body immune system fighting the infection, vas deferen infection with mild sepsis go away?

Is it possible after taking 3 tablets of clarithromycin and body immune system fighting the infection, vas deferen infection with mild sepsis go away?

Unlikely: clarithromycin might not be the right antibiotic for male genital tract infection/sepsis, as you described, please your doctor/urologist for evaluation, and proper management, good luck ...Read more

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What's the difference between symptoms for strep throat and Oropharyngeal cancer from hpv? Can your immune system fight off all hpv after 1-2 yrs?

What's the difference between symptoms for strep throat and Oropharyngeal cancer from hpv? Can your immune system fight off all hpv after 1-2 yrs?

No symptoms from HPV: Pharyngeal cancer due to HPV is thousands of times rarer than strep throat. It doens't occur at age 21, rarely shows up before 50. Oral HPV and throat cancer cause no symptoms -- no pain, no sore throat, nothing; so strep symptoms are never HPV. And yes: the immune system usually cures HPV, either genital or oral, within 1-2 years. Most important: if not yet vaccinated against HPV, do it now. ...Read more

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Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Can our immune system fight off ringworm infection on our bodies without getting any treatment? If so, how long? 1-2 months?

Maybe: Ringworm may or may not remit in weeks or months. In the meantime, treatment is utterly banal -- almost any cheap, safe topical fungicide will do the trick in a few days. For the sake of your co-workers, any romantic partners, and yourself -- take care of your ringworm like a 21st century gentleman. ...Read more

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What is my immune system fighting wbc 4.9, neutrs 75%high, lymphs 17%low and lymphs abs 0.8 low, is this bacterial or viral infection. Concerned thanks?

What is my immune system fighting wbc 4.9, neutrs 75%high, lymphs 17%low and lymphs abs 0.8 low, is this bacterial or viral infection. Concerned thanks?

Absolute number vs %: Total WBC=4.9 means that there are 4900 white cells per microliter of blood, which is normal. To know what kind of WBC they are, multiply this times the % to get the number of each type. 75% of these are neutrophils meaning 3, 750/mcL - which is not high. It is only a high % because the lymphs are relatively low. Some viruses, like HIV, can cause low lymphocyte counts, but usually it's nothing. ...Read more

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Can a good immune system fight Chlamydia and gonorrhoea?

Not very well: These germs will easily overwhelm the bodies immune system and have the potential to cause serious damage unless treated with antibiotics. They can sometimes persist within an infected person for an extended period, without obvious symptoms, quietly damaging various structures. In women, sterility is a possible outcome. ...Read more

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Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?

Relative: Immuno-suppression is resorted to when there is a "hyperactive " immune state leading to an auto-immune disease or condition, or to allow the immune system to adapt to a transplanted tissue, that doesn't mean that the immune system is totally knocked out (in some states yes during bone marrow transplant) but can still fight certain infections, till total recovery, the immune system is complex ...Read more

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The other day it felt like my immune system was fighting off something. Is that even possible? I felt a little sick and tired.

Unlikely: But cannot disprove your feelings. It may be that you, in fact were coming down with a mild illness and that your system rejected it, but mild periods of abnormal sensations are not uncommon and may simply be a state of mind. As long as you are getting better you should be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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