What are the signs of a weak immune system?

There’s a lot of discussions these days about the immune system and people who might be immuno-compromised. Varying diseases, viruses, infections, etc. are the villains we have to keep at bay, as to not hurt or destroy those with weaker immune systems. 

And that’s all great. There’s no reason we need to let the immuno-deficient population receive exposure to such viruses (e.g. COVID-19). But what if there were a way to know if you had a weaker immune system and there were solutions that could boost that system? 

The first thing we’re going to do is discuss what a weak immune system means and how it can be affected, then get into the solutions needed to prevent serious illness. 

Now, this isn’t a fix-all solution blog, not meant to diagnose and treat. It’s a suggestion to stay healthy and stay safe during times of viral outbreaks. In the end, going to the doctor and receiving proper diagnosis and proper treatment will ensure better protection and safety. 

Let us begin. 

What are the signs of a weak immune system? 

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Many people with primary immunodeficiency are born missing some of the body’s immune defenses or with the immune system not working properly, which leaves them more susceptible to germs that can cause infections.” 

Is this something that happens over time, or is it born? Mayo Clinic answers that question by saying, “Many primary immunodeficiency disorders are inherited — passed down from one or both parents. Problems in the genetic code that acts as a blueprint for producing the cells of the body (DNA) cause many of the immune system defects.” 

While it can be true that immunodeficiency can happen at birth, Medical News Today suggests something even more by saying, “Many disorders can weaken the immune system and cause a person to become immunocompromised. These disorders can range from mild to severe. Some are present from birth, while others result from environmental factors” (Fletcher, 2020). 

Before we move forward, please remember, this is not a blog so you can self-diagnose and self-treat. It’s to bring awareness. For proper diagnosis and treatment, seek professional medical help from a licensed doctor. 

Alright, now that we’ve gotten the background setup, here are the signs of a weakened immune system: 

  • Frequent and long-lasting sinus infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis. 
  • Anemia (blood disorder)
  • Diarrhea and other digestive issues (fairly common outside of immunodeficiency, so please don’t self-diagnose). 
  • Disorders like lupus and diabetes. 

What are the solutions to a weak immune system?

Now we know what signs of a weak immune system look like, what do solutions look like? 

The best solution is obviously medical treatment from a professional facility. Outside of that, here are a few things that can be done in the meantime: 

  • Consistent sleep
  • Good hygiene (brush teeth, wash hands, etc.)
  • Manage stress 
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid people who are sick 
  • Stay home if possible (especially during outbreaks, like the coronavirus)

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