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Why Does Alcohol Lower Your Immune System
It doesn't: There is no scientific data to support the claim that over exercising has any effect on the immune system. By definition over exercising would be an amount of exercise that is causing an adverse effect and this is usually muscle and/or joint damage rather than any adverse effect on the immune system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...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
Theoretical,unproved: See the following abstract from the national institutes of health: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8281221 it's very technical-just pay attention to the first & last sentences. In summary: obesity may reversibly impair a certain type of white cell (lymphocytes) but clearly, considering that almost half the usa is obese, the effect is minor if it occurs at all. ...Read more
I know that not sleeping enough hurts your immune system, but does sleeping more boost your immune system?
Only if you need it: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Too much sleep is just as bad as not enough sleep. Balance is the key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
WebMD: See webmd for a thorough discussion. Not enough room in this forum. ...Read more
Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe. ...Read more
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