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Immunocompromised (Overview)

Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, malnutrition, or immunosuppressive therapy.


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What is immunocompromised person?

What is immunocompromised person?

Weak immune system: It means that someone's immune system is weakened, and cannot fight off infections as well as it should. Immunocompromise can be caused by medications, chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic infections such as HIV and hepatitis, some cancers and cancer treatments, and anyone who is very young (newborn) or very elderly. Immunocompromised people need to be careful to avoid contageous illnesses. ...Read more

Immunocompromised (Overview)

Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, malnutrition, or immunosuppressive therapy.


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What happens if you are an immunocompromised individual?

What happens if you are an immunocompromised individual?

Weak immune system: It means that someone's immune system is weakened, and cannot fight off infections as well as it should. Immunocompromise can be caused by medications, chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic infections such as HIV and hepatitis, some cancers and cancer treatments, and anyone who is very young (newborn) or very elderly. Immunocompromised people need to be careful to avoid contageous illnesses. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunocompromised?

See below: Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, malnutrition, or immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Why are the very young and very old considered immunocompromised?

Why are the very young and very old considered immunocompromised?

More infections: Risks of infection go up on either end of the age spectrum, and for different reasons. The infant's adaptive arm of the immune system takes time to mature; during this period, the newborn receives mother's antibody through the placenta and additional through breast milk. The aging immune system has its own issues. As clinicians, we need to take this fact into account when treating patients. ...Read more

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What does immunocompromised mean? Are there tests to rule out 100% if I'm not? Would I know if I was compromised having not done the tests?

What does immunocompromised mean? Are there tests to rule out 100% if I'm not? Would I know if I was compromised having not done the tests?

It means: Suppression of, poor or non-function of your intrinsic immune system. You question begs many others from this end so your best bet is to go see your doctor and explain your concern and reasons regarding that concern. ...Read more

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Are diabetics immunocompromised?

Are diabetics immunocompromised?

No: But having uncontrolled blood sugar can make you disposed to lots of infections and can cause your body to be weak when it comes to fighting infections. ...Read more

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What is an immunocompromised host?

What is an immunocompromised host?

See below: An immunocompromised host is one that has impairement of one or more components of their immune system ie. White blood cells both in quantity and function, cell mediated immunity, antibody production, reticuloendothelial cell function in liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Examples are aids with low CD4 lymphocytes, splenectomized persons and people on immunosuppressive drugs and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Constant illness over the past several months, related to being stressed or immunocompromised?

Constant illness over the past several months, related to being stressed or immunocompromised?

Talk with your doc: A clue: do you get completely better for a while before getting sick again? Or are you truly sick all the time without ever improving? Both stress and being immunocompromised can be factors. Time to talk with your doc to sort through your clues and figure out a plan towards being healthy. ...Read more

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If I have HPV, am I immunocompromised?

If I have HPV, am I immunocompromised?

NO: HPV is different from HIV.

HIV infection can cause you to become immunocompromised, but not HPV ...Read more

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Are people with Asthma considered to be immunocompromised?

Are people with Asthma considered to be immunocompromised?

Not necessarily,: If you are on steroids at times, then you will be immunocompromised (in the generally meant sense) when you are on them. Which means you may be more prone to infection when you are on them. ...Read more

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What to do about infection detection in immunocompromised?

What to do about infection detection in immunocompromised?

Complicated: Infections that are detected by culture will not be affected. Infections that are detected by antibody analysis might be harder to detect. If you mean prevention and avoidance you wash your hands lots, avoid people who are sick, avoid crowds and airplanes, and wear a mask when you are in those places. Watch for early signs of infection like low grade temp, fatigue, etc. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have an infection detection in immunocompromised?

Not sure question: There are many forms of immunocompromise from those receiving steroids or other immunosuppressant therapies to those who have had a stem cell transplant. The type of infection depends on the degree and duration of immunospuuression. You should see an infection specialist who deals with infections in immunocompromised hosts. ...Read more

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Why would you expect immunocompromised individuals to have a higher incidence of infection?

Why would you expect immunocompromised individuals to have a higher incidence of infection?

Yes: There are many diseases which can compromise your immune system. Most of these diseases pre-dispose individuals to certain types of infection (which kind depends on the type of immune deficiency). ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

When is it safe for my child to leave the hospital if immunocompromised?

Depends: Your physician will best be able to make that decision. While there are risks with leaving the hospital, there are also risks of staying in the hospital and catching a hospital acquired infection as well. Talk you your doctor so you can together make the best decision for your child. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an immune deficiency and an immunocompromise? Same thing?

What's the difference between an immune deficiency and an immunocompromise? Same thing?

Clarification: In general, immune deficiency implies that a person was either born with, or acquired a deficiency in one or more parts of their immune system. This condition is generally not reversible. Immunocompromise also implies an improperly functioning immune system, but may not be longstanding (depending on the cause). There is a lot of overlap. ...Read more

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Could I be coming down with the flu, and should I do anything about it at the early stage while around immunocompromised family?

Could I be coming down with the flu, and should I do anything about it at the early stage while around immunocompromised family?

Maybe, and yes: I have no idea if you are coming down with the flu, but if you are around immunocompromised persons, you can help them by washing your hands religiously, using hand sanitizer if you can't get to a sink, and don't share utensils, drinking glasses, door handles, etc., it might also be appropriate to use a mask while you have symptoms of the flu. They too, should practice good hand hygiene. ...Read more

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What are drs referring to when they say "immunocompromised"? I take occasion week-long doses of prednisone every few months, am I immunocompromised?

What are drs referring to when they say "immunocompromised"? I take occasion week-long doses of prednisone every few months, am I immunocompromised?

See below: Immune compromised means the drug used to treat your immunologic or other disease has made you more susceptible to infections, including viruses, bacteria and fungi. Prednisone can do this but not nearly so severely as some of the newer biologics and immunosuppressive drugs such as Nextel, methotrexate. etc. ...Read more

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Someone told me that methotrexate dose use for lupus is no big deal & pts on it are not considered immunocompromised. I'd appreciate your opinion.?

Someone told me that methotrexate dose use for lupus is no big deal & pts on it are not considered immunocompromised. I'd appreciate your opinion.?

Get routine checks: Regardless of the dose, this drug can cause compromise- varying from paient to pateint. Testing is rather routine and can spot a problem before it becomes serious. ...Read more

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Will there be immunocompromise with alpha thalassemia?

Will there be immunocompromise with alpha thalassemia?

Not directly.: Thalassemia affects red cells while immunity is related to white cells. However, with severe thalassemia, life-saving treatment may cause immunocompromise as a side effect. ...Read more

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