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Sarcoidosis

Immune system

03/27/2006

Question:

I have been diagnosed with r.h., m.s., sarcoidosis and asthma.Is there any way to boost one"s immune system.

Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a complicated question. There are some therapies that are reported to "boost immunity," but there are many, many arms of the immune system. It would be potentially dangerous to increase the body's immune response in the setting of diseases that are thought to represent overactivity of selective arms of the immune system (i.e., causing inflammation), including rheumatoid arthritis, MS, sarcoidosis and asthma. A detailed explanation is beyond the scope of this forum, but I hope this helps.

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University