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White Blood Cells Immune System
Can a casual blood test reveal if your immune system is weak or has been compromised? Will the blood contain more white blood cells?
No, but...: Despite all the "pop" stuff from people trying to sell you something on the internet, "weak / compromised immune system" as understood by today's science is uncommon. If you are hiv-, are not having severe fever blisters, candida surface infections, or bacterial infections unlike those that others suffer, you'll do yourself a favor by not letting these people frighten you. ...Read more
With radiation, my mom's white blood cells have decreased.Please, how can she improve her immune system? naturally?...and not? thanks
Takes time: It may take awhile for her WBC to get back to normal and in the meanwhile keep her away from people who appear to be ill. ...Read more
Can a full blood screen/complete blood count test show if my immune system isn't good? The doctor mentioned white blood cells would show something?
CBC: Your complete blood count measures the number and type of white blood cells, which are an important part of your immune system. If they are normal, you are unlikely to have a significant immune system problem (there are rare immune system abnormalities that do not show on your cbc). ...Read more
Antibodies +: The immune system has two main arms controlled by two types of lymphocytes, t cells and b cells. B cells respond to antigens (such as on viruses) by making specific antibodies which bind to the antigens and identify them as foreign for other cells (macrophages) to destroy them. T cells respond to foreign antigens by destroying the cells which have them. Immunology is a complex science. ...Read more
In general: Neutrophils are mobilized to combat bacterial processes and to help with tissue repair. By contrast, lymphocytes are important in viral processes and determination of self/ not self ie organ transplant rejection and other " invaders ". ...Read more
I am Taking Mirtazapine 15mg is it true to say it can reduce your white blood cells and immune function so you are more susceptible to infections ?
Not typically: Remeron (mirtazapine) causing leukopenia is not a common occurrence and if occurring should stop. Periodically blood counts are checked. If there is a drop the medication is stopped. This is one of many medications can do this. Low counts over time can make you more susceptible to infecions but usually as part of another process. ...Read more
I have all bloodwork known only diagnosis w/fibro. Hematologist bw shows low lymphocytes/white blood cells; could it be underlying immune?
Can myelin injection treat MS, since the immune system is attacking myelin sheeth adding myelin in blood will keep WBC away from the nerves ,right?
Wrong: This simply doesn't work. It's simplistic and in fact, you're asking for making the body more sensitive. Your body also makes attacking white cells to order when confortonted with something that it's sensitized to. Tolerization procedures exists for some autoimmune diseases and the whole are is fascinating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 23 years old, 6ft, 145lbs. I have a low white blood cell count. What does this lead to and how can I boost my immune system?
Low white blood cell: It really depends on how low your white blood cell count is. Simply having a low normal white blood cell count doesn't mean your immune system is not functioning. For many people the white blood cells are not in the blood vessels themselves but are out in the periphery and those people often times rarely get ill. Check with your doctor to see if your white blood cell count is worrisome or not. ...Read more
If infectious bacteria overpowers the immune system, how does All bacteria that is killed or die still get cleared by white blood cell and the body?
Clear dead bacteria: 22 M asks: If infectious bacteria overpowers the immune system, how does All bacteria that is killed or die still get cleared by white blood cell and the body? ANS: The WBCS engulf them and bacteria die. They spit the digested parts/chemicals back into the blood. And they are cleared or reused by liver and kidneys. ...Read more
When testing the immune system can bloods test. B cells t cells nk killer cells, what is the best way to test immune function in depth?
Good start: Yes, the parameters you mentioned can be tested easily, and there are numerous other tests which may help to assess "immune function" which can be utilized depending upon the clinical situation and indices of suspicion. You might see either an infectious diseases expert or an immunologist. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long should blood test results take? On fedruary 3rd my son had blood drawn to test his immune system. They were checking his immunoglobin, t and b cells, a cbc, a full immune panel.. It is now february 14th and I have not gotten a call from his docto
Results : Results from blood tests areusually available from the laboratory in less than a week. You might want to call the doctor's office to see if they have received the results. Dest wishes. ...Read more
Partly: It's part of a healthy immune system but it's not the only thing. ...Read more
Weak immune system: Being immune-compromised can be primary, born this way, usually present early in life, and still rare, some types present late but not as severe. Or secondary, usually due to drugs or infection, e.g. HIV. History and physical examination direct which studies to pursue, usually CBCD and blood levels of immunoglobulins can be enough to tell us an immune status in the context of a clinical picture , ...Read more
Weak/achy for months. Docs checked immune system in depth and hematology checked blood in depth. No deficiencies/diseases. Should i be reassured?
Yes: The symptoms you are experiencing may be related to peri-menopausal status. That is a normal condition and you should not worry. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Does allegra (fexofenadine) 24 hours (not with d) surpress your immune system? Can i get blood work (cbc w/diff) done while on allegra (fexofenadine) and have it be accurate?
No: Allegra (fexofenadine) is an otc non-sedating antihistamine and as such down regulates the release of histamine from mast cells in the tissue or decreases the effect of histamine that is released. I do not think it would significantly suppress the immune system which is primarily lymphocyte function. You can get blood work. The only thing, you can not do is get skin testing for allergies while on this drug. ...Read more
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