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Immune System Recovery After Flu
Freshers flu. Is there any recommendations for boosting your immune system to try and avoid catching 'freshers flu' from everyone?
Is immune system compromised when w/d from fentanyl? In supervised w/d and I have caught a nasty flu.
It can be: The stress response to withdrawal from opiates can indeed alter your immune system function via stress hormones such as cortisol. However, the flu you caught may have been caught even if you were not withdrawing. Your symptoms may seem worse because the aches and pains feel worse when you are in withdrawal. ...Read more
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read more
Wash hands; use mask: For a person with a weak immune system, he should get the vaccines he is permitted to take (usually any non-live vaccine). He should wear a mask when around other people, especially anybody with sniffles or cough (including people who claim to have "just allergies"). Avoid shaking hands if possible. Otherwise, use hand sanitizer, and wash hands after touching possibly "germy" surfaces. ...Read more
See a doctor: You cannot be sick with influenza every day of your life. Go and get seen by a sympathetic pcp who will assess you and determine how much of your problems are physical or psychological. Unless you have some severe underlying immune disorder which requires replacement therapy there is very little that will "boost your immune system". ...Read more
What could be the reasons why you can have flu without fever? Is it a symptom of having a problem with the immune system?
Everyone is differen: Viral infection affects people in different ways. Some people may not even have symptoms, others become very ill. The fever is the result of the body mounting an immune response to the viral invasion and may possibly be related to how much is viral load is as well as how the body handles the invasion. ...Read more
I rarely get sick. Is it likely that my immune system stops the flu and other colds rapidly or is it more likely that I am simply avoiding contact?
Why?: Probsbly both. Living well helps the immune system stay strong and you may also be doing that. ...Read more
How can I improve my immune system? Had me 5 years ago & constantly get colds, flu &laryngitis which takes weeks to recover from. Hard to live normal
Flu Shot: You can check site at: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu. Pdf. Having a poor immune system would be even more reason to become vaccinated. ...Read more
Healthy Living: Don’t smoke, eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low in saturated fat), exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, drink alcohol in moderation, get adequate sleep, and practice good hygiene (washing hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly). Make sure to have regular check-ups with doctor and try to reduce stress, this can wreak havoc on immunity. ...Read more
Old fashioned :): Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. These three suggestions really do make a difference! I also recommend the influenza vaccine to those who are 6 months old or eligable. See this list of those who should especially get a "flu shot" (influenza vaccine) this year. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax. Htm. ...Read more
Lymphoma starts in the immune system. Does that make a patient more prone to everyday illnesses? (colds, flu, etc?)
Probably: Lymphoma, as any other cancer, may be related to decreased immunity from the beginning (decreased immunity is one of the factors favoring the appearance of cancer) or may result in decreasing immunity due to progression of disease. Also, chemotherapy for lymphoma may cause decreased immunity. So yes, these patients are more prone to various infections. ...Read more
What are some good foods to include in our daily diets to keep the immune system healthy, esp. During cold/flu season?
Protein + hydration: I'm not much a believer in foods 'enhancing' immune function beyond the concept of good nutrition as a whole. But go for some extra protein. And keeping yourself well hydrated will help mucus production to clear the bad bugs from your respiratory passageways. Chicken soup anyone? ...Read more
After I exercise rigorously my body always feels like I have the flu for a few days. Does it do something to my immune system or nerves?
What would happen if your immune system didn't fight off the flu. Would it spread to your whole body and kill u or would u just be chronically sick?
It may kill you: Yes, it would spread primarily in your lungs, causing you to mount a high inflammatory response and flood your lungs with fluid. You could die and many people die of the flu every year. In fact, in 1918, before flu vaccines, more people died of the flu around the world than in all of wwi. So, yes, you would get very sick and could die. ...Read more
Help with the flu.: Once you have the flu, medication aside, your best bet would be rest, adequate hydration (water until your urine is almost clear), wholesome nutrition including complex carbohydrates and lean proteins. Consider Tamiflu if you can start it within 48 hours of symptom onset. If you’re worsening, get to emergency room. This flu season is particularly bad. ...Read more
Vaccination: By getting vaccinated.Get a more detailed answer ›
What's the best way to build your immune system up to stop from catching the flu/sick stomache or other stuff?
I take 1000mg Vit. C every 12 hrs (twice a day) all winter & haven't gotten sick once. Didn't get flu shot. Does Vit C really help immune system?
No: There is no confirmed evidence that it prevents infections. ...Read more
I am sick every 3 days. Cold, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, strep. My immune system can't fight it off. Why am I always sick? Been since Dec. Help.
When I have cold, cough or flu (any disease), will my immune system be busy fighting it & hence slow on fighting HPV? Will being sick affect that? Thnx
Immunocompetent: By being immunocompetent your immune system can fight several diseases at different fronts at the same time, immunity does wax and wane, so it isn't in a steady state, your best bet to stay healthy, and stay immunocompetent: sleep well, exercise regularly, fresh air, lots of fruits and vegetables, goodluck ...Read more
What does the immune system do? If it fights infection, why does everyone still get the flu and the cold?
What is the level of: General immunity for the person? Has the person developed antibodies to the specific viruses that they are being exposed to? Are person who is immunodeficient is more likely to become infected. Or if the person is exposed to a germ that is novel to them - they are more likely to be susceptible. ...Read more
Can you tell me if you've already had h1n1 and your immune system has naturally built up resistance to it, do you need a flu shot for it?
Yes: Each flu shot is good for one flu season. H1N1 is covered with the current flu shot. 2014 – 2015 Flu Shots: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more
If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?
No, but: It depends on your condition before and after transplant. In general, avoid getting in contact with people with colds/flu and crowded places if you can, wear a mask if you have to, report any fever or illness to your doctors, unlike others you may be put on antibiotics early in the course of fever, you will need some more vaccines such as pneumovax, otherwise you have a normal life, wish you wellnes ...Read more
If sleep deprived, does it make you more susceptible to catching diseases such as flu / noro-virus because your immune system becomes not as strong?
Yes: In normal sleep, delta phase sleep phase in adults is when important tissue recuperation and regeneration occurs. Measurable amounts of human growth hormone (hgh) are released during this phase of deep sleep that during interrupted or deprived sleep fails to occur. That is why particular sleep disorders need to be clearly diagnosed and appropriately treated. ...Read more
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