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Is My Immune System Weak
Low immunity: It is commonly called that and a lot of "stuff" is sold to boost it (notice no before and after tests to prove anything). Actually altered immunity is common and likely seen with allergic individuals. Selective deficiency of the immune system do exist but are less common. A good learning experience to help you understand this system is http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/immunesystemanddisorders.Ht. ...Read more
Not really: Asthma involves excess inflammation that irritates the airways, producing mucus and bronchospasm. More on the lines of an "over active" immune system. Well-done studies show antibiotics do not help asthma flare ups. BUT: mucus plugging of the airways can lead to atelectasis, and, in theory, pneumonia, though that is the exception, not the rule, unless other factors present. ...Read more
Canker sores: Possible triggers for canker sores include: a minor injury to your mouth from dental work, overzealous brushing, sports mishaps, spicy or acidic foods, or an accidental cheek bite toothpastes and mouth rinses containing sodium lauryl sulfate food sensitivities, particularly to chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese and highly acidic foods, such as pineapple a diet lacking in vitamins. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: The immune system wanes as we age. The manifestation of this process is evidenced by increased infectious processes such as herpes zoster (shingles), pneumonia, flu, and increasing incidence of cancers. Our immunity aids in our ability to mitigate or even prevent these processes. One can bolster his or her immunity by receiving vaccinations, and leading a healthy life style. ...Read more
No: Your immune system with any autoimmune disease is in overdrive. With sjogrens syndrome salivary tissues are affected. This does not mean it completely destroys your salivary glands. Most people will have a dry mouth. Try drinking a lot of water to keep the dryness to a minimum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
possibly: Anyone can get an occasional bout of ringworm, athlete's foot, or vaginal yeast infection. Certain things like total parenteral nutrition (TPN) can predispose to blood stream fungal infections. These situations are normal. Invasive, frequent/recurrent, or difficult to treat fungal infections are very frequently a sign of a weakened immune system. If you are concerned, see a clinical immunologist. ...Read more
Forever's a big word: You can be more susceptible to ebv by having a weak immune system. However the term 'forever', is a big word to use. There are things you can do to boost your immune system, nutritionally, and therefore keep the ebv subclinical. Speak to your integrative holistic medical doctor about this. It's important to eat organically, and eliminate exposure to pesticides, and other environmental toxins/halogens. ...Read more
During rheumatic fever, when heart is affected, since it has lesser ability to pump blood to body, won't it weaken the immune and defense system?
My mother has a weak immune system. About the flu vaccine, it's dangerous for her, because of the side effects?
Yes: Rituximab is an antibody which affects white blood cells. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It is a long lasting medication which can lower your immune system many months after you receive it. Check with your doctor about how to minimize infections after you receive rituximab. Best to avoid immunization with live vaccines 6+ months after a dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Because I have oral allergy syndrome does that mean my immune system is weak and not working well?
WBC Not Predictive: Is isolated WBC measurement does not predict whether you have a strong or weak immune system. WBC counts can vary naturally over time depending on the situation: illness, stress, etc. If you have concerns about an immune deficiency then I would recommend consultation with an immunologist. If you are otherwise healthy there is no need for further workup. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my lupus is "in remission" does that mean my immune system is functioning normally? Or will it still funct differently than a normal immune system?
Still abnormal: Lupus in remission does not equal normal immune seem. Unfortunately, the system is now primed to react to various proteins in the blood, and the disease pattern will be heterogenous. Good medical care can substantially reduce the morbidity associated with lupus so even if you feel reasonably well you need to keep up with your physicians! ...Read more
I don't have HIV; however my immune system is doing the same as HIV, attacking my body, organs, systems. iViG helped, but also caused Gad 65 180.
Mixed up: you are rather confused about your condition, as you were previously answered: kindly seek help in a Tertiary Care facility where multiple specialists would care for you at the same setting, rheumatologist, Immunologist and possibly psychiatrist, good luck ...Read more
Does having graves' disease make your immune system weak? Because i'm getting continuous colds although it's summer
Graves: Graves disease should not affect your ability to fight colds or infections. It may not be colds you are developing but rather nasal allergies, check with your doctor and let them examine you, they can tell the difference. ...Read more
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