What are the symptoms of a weakened immune system? You clicked on the article to try to know that so, we’ll tell you what to look out for and what it means and as always if you have any fears, consult your doctor. But first, you need to know what the immune system is.
What is the immune system? The immune system is your body’s line of defence from outside invaders. These include microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and toxins (chemicals made by microbes). The immune system is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together to help combat these pathogens.
How to know that your immune system is healthy? Our immune system is always working, fighting microbes and keeping us healthy. Our immune system is ever evolving. When we are born, it starts working immediately defending us from all the outside microbes. Over time it evolves and starts adapting to fight microbes and toxins. Every healthy body gets sick, but to know that your immune system is healthy, you should consult your doctor and there are a lot of tests to confirm it.
Many people with weak or compromised immune systems are born missing some of the body’s immune defence mechanisms or with the immune system not working properly, which leaves them more susceptible to microbes that can cause infections.
Some forms of a weakened immune system are so mild they can go unnoticed and unchecked for years but on the other hand, some other types are severe enough that they’re discovered soon after an affected baby is born.
One of the main symptoms of a weak immune system is having frequent, longer lasting or harder to treat infections than a person with a normal immune system. You will also get infections from germs that don’t normally cause a healthy immune system any trouble and these infections are called opportunistic infections.
It’s perfectly normal for adults to sneeze and sniffle through two or three colds each year. Most people bounce back in seven to ten days. If you’re catching more colds or they last a lot longer, you may have a weakened immune system.
If you have frequent diarrhoea, gas or constipation, it could be a symptom that your immune system is weak. A lot of research has shown that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. The beneficial microbes, which help you get your nutrients from some food that our body can’t normally process, that live there defend your gut from infection and support the immune system. Low amounts of these helpful gut bacteria can leave you at risk to viruses, chronic inflammation and even autoimmune disorders.
If you have frequent and recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, meningitis or skin infections that can also mean that you have a weak immune system. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology reports that symptoms of a possible immune deficiency in adults include, having more than four ear infections in one year. Developing pneumonia twice during a one-year period. Suffering from chronic sinusitis or more than three episodes of bacterial sinusitis in a year.
Since people with weakened immune systems get sick a lot, you may find yourself needing more than two courses of antibiotics a year.
In conclusion, there are a lot of symptoms that may seem fine at the surface or normal to someone with a weakened immune system but it will take a toll on their body. You should always consult a doctor and do what they tell you to do whether the tests or a change to your life style to help you feel better.