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Why Does Alcohol Lower Your Immune System
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
Alcohol in medicatio: Nyquil does contain alcohol, but it will not affect your immune system. Alcohol will be rapidly absorbed through the stomach lining and metabolized by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver. I suspect the alcohol in nyquil (if taken in usual dose) will be metabolized in a couple of hours or less. ...Read more
Autoimmune hepatitis: we are not yet aware of the cause of autoimmune hepatitis. It's manifested by autoantibodies against the liver, manufactured by your own immune system. It can be a very aggressive disease, but often is very slow in its onset and its progression. Also, it is treatable, although some of the medicines can have side effects. It is vital that you are treated by a gastroenterologist . Good luck. ...Read more
Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.
See answer: Over time, and with other underlying medical conditions, it may make you feel run down and weaken you, but generally, a glass of wine for example, as evidenced by several European studies, may provide some cardiac benefit, and has not revealed any immune system issues. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No immunity No cold: Your immune system doesn't weaken but you could get sick. There are cilia in your lungs that help push out mucus with bacteria or viruses. When you get chilled you can have temporary paralysis of the cilia. If you have some of these agents in your lungs and the mucous settles deeper because of this, then you could get pneumonia. You won't catch a cold unless someone around you shares it with you. ...Read more
Could being cold lower your immune system or something, making people more likely to catch a cold?
Not at all: You always heard your mom say "you're going to get sick if you don't bundle up" has been shown to not be accurate. Exposure to cold temperature in typical urban or suburban settings would not down regulate immune responses. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold temperature even for short periods of time can cause a host of circulation issues affecting all organs and in turn can cause ills. ...Read more
Only if: If you are underweight from doing too much exercise, your immune system may be impaired due to over-exertion. Marathoners have been found to be more susceptible to respiratory tract infections. The answer is moderation. Otherwise, it should not impact your immune system unless you are malnourished. ...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
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
No: Patients with asthma will usually have a very normal immune system with regard to infections. Their ige system may respond to foreign protein and they may have their symptoms triggered by an allergic response to one of the "allergens" patients with asthma will also often have their asthma symptoms triggered if they have a viral infection. ...Read more
No: Our skin surface is like a bed of leaves on the forest floor. The oldest skin is near the top while the newest skin is at the bottom. Ring worm occurs when the fungal spores get into the top layers & eat the older skin. It doesn't go deep enough to go near the blood where it would affect your immune system. Some local immune factors are occasionally active but nothing important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can Depo Provera lower your immune system? I have been sick every other week due the last 3 months and am on the birth control shot
There is no evidence: that any hormonal contraceptive method negatively affects a person's immune system. You need to assume this is a coincidence and follow up with a physician who can help you find out what's going on. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more
Can weightlifting lower your immune system? Started yesterday for the 1st time in 7 months and the next day got a cold sore on lip
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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