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Low Immune System
No: Immune globulins actually augment the immune system, by bringing in a large dose of antibodies to a particular substance. The globulins bind to whatever toxin they are targeted to and help your immune system recognize those toxins as something worth fighting. There are many different immune globulins available, such as vzig (anti-varicella) and hbig (anti hep-b). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Astragalus: Astragalus has been used in traditional chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use has been to boost the body's immune system. But it also has been used to treat other conditions, including heart disease. That raises the question of exactly what heart benefits astragalus might offer. And if it does offer heart benefits, are there side effects you should know about? ...Read more
No: I have not heard any that dairy can weaken the immune system. Some people mostly young children have a hypersensitivity or allergy to milk protein. This does not effect other aspects of the immune response to pathogens (germs). There is also a condition of infancy in which milk can cause intestinal bleeding but that's transient. ...Read more
Does Crohn's cause an overactive immune system or does an overactive immune system cause Crohn's? Stay away from foods that boost the immune system?
Roque immune system: I think one need to think more about a rogue immune reaction thereby causing autoimmune disorder instead of an overactive one. An autoimmune problem happens when the immune system malfunctions and starts attacking one's own tissue thereby leading to illnesses such as Crohn's disease, lupus etc. ...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
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
Many things: Systemic or congenital problems such as agammaglobulinema or cgd, to acquired defects such as uncontrolled diabetes or hiv/aids. Taking various sorts of medications can suppress the immune system, such as steroids or various chemotherapy drugs. Anything that suppresses bone marrow. ...Read more
Mild suppression: In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system acts against one's tissues. So, part of the immune system is too active, but in a detrimental way. On the other hand, patients with RA may be more likely to develop infections. Even more so, if they receive medications that suppress the overactive immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, if good quality: A large number of studies show that good-quality echinacea products can boost immune function, esp. What is called non-specific immunity, by enhancing function of macrophages, neutrophils & natural killer cells. Some of the studies are inconsistent but this may be due to the fact that not all echinacea products are of good quality. See http://www.Nottingham.Ac.Uk/burn/parker.Pdf for a good review. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Rituximab is directed against an antigen found on lymphocytes (cd20). It attaches to this antigen and causes destruction of the lymphocyte. Its action is indiscriminate therefore the lymphocyte population is transiently decreased leading to a lowering of the function of the immune system for brief periods of time. ...Read more
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