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Doctor insights on: Immune System Infections

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How can the immune system fight off infection?

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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How can I boost my immune system to fight infections?

How can I boost my immune system to fight infections?

Simple rules: Get adequate rest. Eat properly, exercise. Try to have proper mental health. It sounds simple but each of these things can affect the inmmune system. Also having parents with a good immune system can help. ...Read more

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If you have herpes, and have strong immune system and the infection haven't shown can you still pass it else were in ur body and be visible else were?

If you have herpes, and  have strong immune system and the infection haven't shown can you still pass it else were in ur body and be visible else were?

Potential is there..: One can still produce an ulceration even with an intact immune system with a herpes infection not not be entirely aware do it . For example, a herpes infection on one buttocks cheek ( it's difficult to see this on your own) can cause the area opposite the original lesion ( the facing buttocks cheek ) to become infected. ...Read more

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How does sinus infection affect the immune system? Can sinus infection give you coldsores?

Complicated: The reasons that herpes simplex reactivates is not known, but almost any form of stress, whether emotional or physical may cause it in some individuals. Yes, sinus and other infections can result in cold sores, although they are not necessarily a direct cause. ...Read more

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Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

See answer: Trichomoniasis, a parasite, is almost always passed on sexually. Trichomoniasis can also survive on infected objects like sheets, towels, underwear, and sex toys and can be transmitted by sharing them, though this mode of transmission is quite unusual. A weakened immune system may increase your susceptibility to this or any other STD. Although symptoms vary, most men and women are asymptomatic. ...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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I want to improve on my immune system to prevent viral infection s?

I want to improve on my immune system to prevent viral infection s?

To improve your: Immune system, please eat healthy, exercise and take vitamins. A healthy life style with balance food and some Vit C will boost your immune system. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to build a baby's immune system to ward off infections?

Many things!: Breastfeeding is one of the best things we can do to help our babies ward off infections. Of course hand washing and avoiding sick people also helps. Vaccines have been proven to help the immune system and should be given on the recommended schedule. There is growing evidence that probiotics help the immune system. Talk with your child's doctor if there are specific concerns. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to MANY things. I understand allergies are caused by overactive immune system but I get infections, colds, etc. so easily & often. Why?

I'm allergic to MANY things. I understand allergies are  caused by overactive immune system but I get infections, colds, etc. so easily & often. Why?

Uncontrolled: Allergy symptoms in the upper airways, nose and sinuses, can lead to the picture you just described, being allergic to many things, you didn't specify if your allergy symptoms are due to things that you smell or breathe, or rather things that you eat, your best bet is seeking professional help, see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...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?

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

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If fever is such an important response of the immune system to fight fight infection why do hospitals give meds for them?

If fever is such an important response of the immune system to fight fight infection why do hospitals give meds for them?

For comfort's sake: It's certainly not harmful to treat a fever; we do so mostly to make patients more comfortable. Any benefits to fever are mild and theoretical. I suspect your provider was trying to convey the idea that fever itself is a normal response to infection. Fever itself does not always needed to be treated, unless it is very high (104 degrees). ...Read more

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What does it mean for immune system to clear HPV infection?Like HSV1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?Or completely eradicates virus from body?

What does it mean for immune system to clear HPV infection?Like HSV1, life long latency & recurrent symptoms?Or completely eradicates virus from body?

HPV: Usually life long latency. But your body can clear it and for instance abnormal pap smears can normalize over time leading someone to think that the immune system has eradicated the virus ...Read more

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I am getting excessive canker sores along its what I think is a yeast infection. Immune system? Yeast overgrowth?

I am getting excessive canker sores along its what I think is a yeast infection. Immune system? Yeast overgrowth?

See your MD: Excessive canker sores & yeast infections may be your body's way of signaling that your defense systems are being attacked by either bacteria, yeast or a virus. It would be most effective for you to see your md to have the appropriate tests taken. Please also relate to your doctor if you have been taking any medications, been exposed to anybody chronically ill or been traveling outside the country. ...Read more

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Can I request immunology labs (t-cell count, IgA/G/M) if I suspect weak immune system due to frequent infections? My PCP dismissed them as unjustified

Immunity: You can, but it may be misguided. "frequent infections" to lay people and to doctors are often two different things. It is not just the frequency but also the type / location and infecting organism that are important in determining whether or not such eval is warranted. Add to this the fact that many "infections" are not infections to begin with and you can see the difficulty. ...Read more

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