Immunosuppresants

Immunosuppressants are drugs used to lower the body's immunity. It is used to prevent the refusal of grafted organs or tissues as the body considers the grafted tissue as a foreign object, and the immune system starts attacking the grafted organ. It is also used in autoimmune conditions. As in autoimmune conditions, the immune system fights the body's own tissue. It has a major drawback as the body becomes less immune to other infections.

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What is the treatment for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in a 12-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12 year old son is suffering from nephrotic syndrome since the last seven years. Two years ago, when his biopsy was done, the result said FSGS. His creatinine levels at that time was 4. Now it is raised to 10.1. He is currently taking Calcium, Folic acid, Pantoprazole, Sodium bicar...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please furnish the following medical information, so that I will be able to give you further advice. What is the cause of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)?Has dialysis been done? What is his urine output?What does his antinuclear antibody (ANA) profile say?Ha...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Is Humira prescribed for RA?

Query: Hi doctor, One year ago, I was diagnosed with RA. I believe that there is more going on. I am currently taking Methotrexate 20 mg once a week, Folic acid 1 mg daily, Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg daily and Cyclobenzaprine 10 mg twice a day. Also, I just began taking Celecoxib 200 mg for pain. I saw the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query and attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: The C-reactive protein level is highly elevated indicating ongoing high level of damage in the tissues of the body. Now, the immediate need is to reduce inf...  Read Full »

Does COVID-19 vaccine interfere with medication for autoimmune disorders?

Query: Hi doctor, I am presently taking one pen of Humira every two weeks and 10 mg of Leflunomide daily. I started to take Humira a couple of years back, and I have not experienced any flares till now. I am about to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow. However, I have been reading reports from the m...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I have gone through your question and the blood reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The blood reports look pretty in control. CRP (C-reactive protein) is a marker that should be checked before vaccination in autoimmu...  Read Full »

I have back, knee, and joints pain. Is it an autoimmune disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing back pain, knee pain and aching joints. I have severe burning sensation across my entire mid abdomen. Autoimmune disease runs in my family. Previously, I used to get red rashes all over my body from time to time over the years. My doctor is testing for Lupus. I have h...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, it seems to be an autoimmune disease. In the available blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the antinuclear antigen (ANA) is positive. ANA is the common marker for autoimmune diseases. You might be suffering from system...  Read Full »

Why do the new patches look different than my alopecia patches?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from alopecia. I have a new patch and it seems to be different from other alopecia patches. What can I do to regain hair growth? Please suggest.   Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The two pictures look different (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The first one is inflamed and the other one is non-inflamed. It is difficult to conclude anything based on the picture. If you have a history of other immune con...  Read Full »

Can non-specific interstitial pneumonia be treated with salt therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, What is non-specific interstitial pneumonia? Is salt therapy beneficial for non-specific interstitial pneumonia? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. NSIP (non-specific interstitial pneumonia) is a chronic form of interstitial pneumonia, which cause thickening of the interstitium, an anatomical lung part not seen on x-rays. This type of thickening can be due to inflammation, scarring or edema in the lungs. Usually, the...  Read Full »

Why does my wife have a swelling around her left clavicular area?

Query: Hello doctor, My 37 year old wife was infected by some virus a month ago. She ran a fever of around 100 to 102 F for four days. She was treated for the flu, so the fever went away on the fifth day, but she had a very noticeable swelling around the left clavicular area. Her blood work showed normal W...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it appears like a pyomyositis, a bacterial infection of muscle, probably of the pectoral muscle. It is usually seen in immunosuppressed patients. You mentioned she is receiving Prednisone, it could be due to this. What is the reason for ...  Read Full »

My sister has swelling, cushingoid facies and proximal myopathy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister is 37 years old with previous 2 LSCS. She has symptoms such as swelling over whole body and face. Along with these complaints she has weakness, tiredness, cushingoid facies, proximal myopathy, palpitation, trembling of hands and amenorrhea or slight on and off spotting. She is s...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I checked your sister's complete details (attachments removed to protect patient identity). She is suffering from relapsing nephrotic syndrome. Her cushingoid facies and proximal myopathy are steroid induced as you must be already knowing. Gradually replacing the ster...  Read Full »

Is it possible to desensitize myself to nickel?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been sensitized to nickel from a scalp adhesive for hair replacement. The bond had nickel sulfate. I did this for 10 years. I developed dermatitis or eczema in my brows and eyelids, etc. I have realized since I have decreased my dietary nickel intake and stopped the bonding, my...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. Well, desensitization is a process in which we gradually expose a patient to an allergen until a patient develops a tolerance for it. Till date, it is being considered as a therapy for many conditions such as penicillin sensitivity or rhin...  Read Full »

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