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What Does Hydroxychloroquine Do To Immune System
Do anti malaria drugs such as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suppress the immune system and cause susceptibility to infections or no ?
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections.
As a lupus patient I have avoided foods like garlic and mushrooms (foods that improve immune system). Is it advisable? On 1g mmf bd, 400mg plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)
I have heard from a specialist that Hydroxychloriquine is a very gentle drug the weakest and safest of all drugs for Discoid Lupus that rhuematologists use. ,and is not an immunosuppressive so won't affect immune system .Very effective for DLE.True?
Yes: Good luck. If you need a systemic Rx rather than topical, this is a good try-first.
Cells,tissues,organs: The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks. Lymphoid organs (produce white blood cells that fight invading organisms) found throughout body, in bone marrow, thymus gland, lymph nodes, tonsils, appendix, lining of digestive tract and lungs.
Stay physically fit: There's no magic food, pill or herbal product. Get enough sleep and don't overdo mind-altering substances or use tobacco. The one intervention that repeatedly is shown in controlled studies to enhance people's responses to antigen challenges is re-committing to aerobic fitness. You'll be glad. Best wishes.
Live healthy: The best way to boost your immunity is to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough rest and sleep. Also, you should refrain from being "too clean". There is no need for vitamins or supplements. Very few of the many supplements advertised for boosting the immune system are truly active.
No sure way.: Staying in good physical shape with regular exercises (not extreme exercises) and a healthy diet may be helpful. Make sure your plasma vitamin d3 level is optimal since vitamin d3 has been shown to be an important immune regulator. I would like to see the 25 oh vitamin d3 level to be around 50 to 60 ng even though the recommended level is around 30 ng.
Plant based foods: Avoid animal based foods which contain too much saturated fat. Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal as they will provide immune boosting nutients. Eat ample amounts of proteins from sources like eggs, fish, nuts and tofu. Low fat milk is fine too. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. All of the above means a healthy lifestyle so that you will have a healthy body.
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