Immunocompromised is when a person's immune system is weakened or does not function properly. The defense mechanism of the immune system is significantly less in these people, and they are prone to several infections. Chronic infections (diabetes, HIV), autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus), radiotherapy, old age, pregnancy, and malnutrition can make a person immunocompromised.

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I often fall sick and take leave from work. Am I immunocompromised?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an adult male working in a restaurant. Because of my low immunity, I often take leave from my work. Unfortunately, my boss fires me each time I ask for leave. How can I know if I am immunocompromised? What are the signs and symptoms? How to increase immunity as I fall sick regularly?...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I suggest you take multivitamin supplements and add protein to your diet to improve your immunity. Also, I suggest you exercise regularly and should reduce your weight. I hope this has helped you.  Read Full »

I got infected with HSV-1 a few days back. Will it affect daily lifestyle in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabete...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later. General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any ...  Read Full »

What are the tests to be done to know whether I am MRSA positive?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I was in contact with a MRSA patient. He put his hand on my head to pray for me about 3 minutes or so. He did not touch me anywhere else, and I had my gown and gloves on. He was diagnosed with MRSA by nasal swab. Am I infected? How can I get tested to find out if I am? I know t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Likely, you are not infected. Even if you are exposed, that does not mean infection. It depends on the immunity of the person. You are not immunocompromised, so even if you are exposed, the probability of developing the disease is very less. At this stage, no test can ...  Read Full »

Are COVID patients more prone to mucormycosis or black fungus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am fine now and I think that I have recovered from COVID-19. But I heard that people having black fungus or mucormycosis lose their eyesight and die after having it. Kindly tell me about the symptoms of this disease. What can be done to prevent it? Can I have this disease after getti...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, you want to know about black fungus or mucormycosis. It is an infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes living in the environment. It affects the sinuses, brain, or lungs of immunocompromised people....  Read Full »

Is self-isolation needed to prevent coronavirus in immunocompromised patients?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 40 years old. Previously, I had glandular fever, shingles, and influenza. Now, I have Hashimoto's disease. I think that I may have a high chance to get infected with COVID-19 due to my weak immune system. Do I need self-isolation?   Read Full »

Dr. Peter Bryant Rapsing Grutas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to People above 60 years of age and people presenting with medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease have higher chances to get infected with COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). People with thyroid disease and...  Read Full »

How is penile yeast infection treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a yeast infection in my penis for the last two years. I have tried all natural medicines like coconut oil, yogurt, etc. Also, if apply Panderm plus or FourDerm or Candid cream daily, then I feel normal. Otherwise, I am getting inflammation and swelling of the penis. Kindly suggest...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreejith. M. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Always evaluate the cause of recurrent yeast infection. It can be any of the following reasons. Maintain good genital hygiene. Daily wash the genital area with soap and water and keep it dry. If you are uncircumcised, then clean under the foreskin. Unprotected sexu...  Read Full »

Kindly update me about PNP immunodeficiency disease.

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old son was diagnosed with PNP immunodeficiency three years back. This was diagnosed after a battle of bailyacaris that he survived. He has recently been diagnosed with ME polyomavirus in his brain and LP fluids. He was the first case in history in my residential area. VZV w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to PNP deficiency is a very rare condition, in which the body is unable to produce certain immunity related cells called T cells, this happens due to some gene defects and is usually inherited. (But parents might not be affected). This causes the child to get frequent i...  Read Full »

Is herpes zoster dangerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed to have herpes zoster. Also, her doctor says that the herpes has caused ulcers. I would like to know in how much time it will heal? Is herpes zoster a dangerous one?  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you know, Herpes zoster is a viral infection. It takes 7 to 10 days for the lesions to heal. But, in patients who are diabetic, old age, secondarily infected and with an incomplete antiviral dose or seropositive it can take up to 15 days to get cured. In elderl...  Read Full »

Why is my diabetic father feeling fatigue, lost appetite and lost sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is feeling fatigue, lost appetite, and lost sleep. We have visited multiple doctors. Being diabetic, we suspected diabetic neuropathy and visited a neurologist. As part of tests, he has taken X-ray also and identified pleural effusion and referred to a pulmonologist with HRC...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Shekhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All are going towards tuberculosis but if you send me the film pictures then I can say anything. I do not believe in report statements. For more information consult a pulmonologist online -->  Read Full »

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