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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

Immunocompromised (Definition)

Incapable of developing a normal immune response, usually as a result of disease, ...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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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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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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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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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