What is immune system depression?

Susan S. Blum, MD
Preventive Medicine

A low-functioning immune system can cause vague symptoms like exhaustion, getting sick often, inflammation and joint pain, and general fogginess. Watch as functional medicine expert Susan Blum, MD, explains the symptoms of a depressed immune system.

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Depressed immune system function increases the susceptibility to disease, from colds and flus to cancer. Support and enhancement of the immune system are perhaps the most important steps in achieving resistance to disease. Supporting the immune system involves a health-promoting lifestyle, stress management, exercise, diet, and the appropriate use of nutritional supplements and herbal medicines.

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Immune & Lymphatic System Disorders

The lymphatic system is a key part of the immune system, draining excess fluid from bodily tissues and organs and disseminating white blood cells to fight infection. The white blood cells fight infection in the spleen and special ...

vessels throughout the body called lymph nodes. If your immune system becomes compromised, the lymphatic system wont be able to work properly, causing swelling from a buildup of fluid in parts of the body. Disorders of the lymphatic system include elephantiasis, a swelling of body parts caused by a filarial worm infestation, and lymphedema, a swelling in the arms or legs caused by lymph nodes or lymph vessels disturbed by surgery for breast or prostate cancer. Medication, massage therapy and compression garments can help.
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