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How To Keep Your Viral Load In Check During Flu Season

Chronic viral conditions can be hard to cope with, especially when cold and flu season rolls around. People with viral conditions such as EBV or HIV have to pay closer attention to their immune function and overall health than those without any preexisting conditions, as they are more susceptible to immune dysfunction and the serious repercussions that can come with having a compromised immune system.

Different factors come into play for those with preexisting conditions at risk of coming down with a serious case of the flu during the winter season, but one particular factor is of the utmost importance: the viral load.

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What Extreme Weather Conditions Will Mean For The Global Tick Population

For Lyme disease to thrive in the United States, tick populations also need to thrive. It’s a cyclical occurrence that when ticks have a “good” year, Lyme disease numbers tend to increase. With the global onset of environmental changes, though, the effects on the United States climate have been detrimental.

Consider the wildfires that rage through California. Although climate change may not be a direct cause, it is a threat multiplier, meaning that it increases the risk that such events will be worse than in previous years. But what does this have to do with tick populations and Lyme disease?

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Can Exposure To Mold Disrupt Lyme Treatment?

Treatment of Lyme disease can be an uphill battle. This is largely due to the fact that when the Lyme-causing Borrelia bacteria infiltrates the body, it can lay dormant and remain untouched by antibiotics, lying in wait to wreak havoc at a later date. This can hinder treatment, even if it is sought early.

Mold exposure is another dangerous condition, though of a different type to Lyme disease. Generally speaking, mold exposure affects people differently and with varying degrees of severity. But what happens when someone with Lyme disease comes in contact with mold? Can exposure to mold disrupt Lyme treatment, and if so, how?

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3 Ways Mold Can Influence Immune Response

Mold is a type of fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. When the spores make their way into the air, they can be ingested. For some people, inhaling mold spores won’t elicit any sort of response. It’s unclear why mold affects some more than others, but those living with a weakened immune system, respiratory illness, allergies, or asthma can all experience negative health effects from exposure to mold spores.

The health effects caused by mold growth occur because of the organic compounds it releases into the air, including allergens, irritants and mycotoxins. In areas where excessive moisture and dampness is an issue, the number of irritants released through an overgrowth of mold can increase, leading to further exposure and possible side effects.

So, what are the ways mold can influence immune response? Immune function is compromised by overexposure to mold in several ways:

  • The disruption of proper cytokine production
  • Mast cell activation
  • Eliciting an allergic reaction within the body, leading to further illness
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What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Epstein-Barr?

Rare diseases are often hard to diagnose and treat due to a general lack of firsthand knowledge among medical professionals. Since there is a lower chance of seeing these types of diseases, many medical professionals are not entirely familiar with the way the signs and symptoms present or the most effective methods of treatment.

One such rare disease that can be hard to pin down is Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus (CAEBV). Typically, as many as 95% of people will catch the Epstein-Barr virus in their lifetime, but not many will typically find themselves battling Chronic Epstein-Barr. The latter form is considered a rare disease, even though the virus itself is highly common.

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