The immune system of a human is a set of related organs, tissues and cells whose main task is to protect the body against the negative outside influence. In particular, it seeks to deliver protection against biological aggressors (viruses, bacteria, helminths) as well as releases the output of chemical and physical effects (e.g., radiation, temperature) from the organism in order to protect it from the negative social factors and stress.
Our organism is under the constant threat of millions of harmful microorganisms but we usually just don’t notice these attacks at least for as long as our immune system does its job. But when we do begin to get sick too often, feel weak or sleepy, reduced immunity may be the last thing we may think of as a possible reason for this.
Sooner or later there comes a time when the load on the immune system becomes too heavy which causes the organism to penetrate foreign bodies, causing various disorders and leading to serious diseases.
The symptoms of reduced immunity are quite easy to recognize. If even a small wound does not heal and is constantly inflamed, it is one of the most evident signals that something may be wrong with the immune system. Other worrying symptoms are constant fatigue, drowsiness and weakness. Frequent colds, angina, inflammation are all signs of a weakened immune system.
Also, a striking example of a weak immune system is allergies. For example, a continuous herpes is yet another symptom indicating that the organism needs better support and care.
Let’s take a closer look at a few most important symptoms of reduced immunity.
1) Frequent respiratory and viral diseases
If a person caught a cold a couple of times a year and had them cured without any complications, it’s considered normal. Only few can avoid infections while being in a crowd of sneezing and coughing people.
However, many people get sick not just 1-2 times or even 4-6 times, but much more frequently – up to 10 times. Coming to work once recovered, they pick up the infection again and get complications, simultaneously infecting others.
2) A continuous feeling of fatigue
Another worrisome symptom that the immune system is not working properly is a continuous feeling of fatigue that progresses into a chronic one. The person gets depressed, moody and irritable.
The feeling of fatigue is usually accompanied by loss of appetite, bad sleep, paleness of skin and weakness.
3) Strong allergic reactions
Allergies, which today are treated with the most advanced medicine, in most cases are nothing else than an attempt of the immune system to throw away the accumulated negative substances from the body.
When the cells and intercellular space are crammed with toxins, the immune system not only ceases to recognize junk from healthy food but starts treating its own tissue as alien which can then progress into autoimmune diseases.
4) General weakness, pale skin and reduced resistance to any external influences
The feverish state for no apparent reason, frequent exacerbation of existing chronic diseases, drowsiness or insomnia may also occur due to an extremely weakened immune system. It’s necessary to put up with this situation as soon as possible.
5) Slow wound healing
If the organism fails to recover and heal a wound, however small, this is yet another serious symptom indicating that the immune system may be weakened. The organism is not able to produce the new cells in the amount necessary to heal the wound; oftentimes, this causes inflammations which, without an adequate treatment, might turn out to be chronic.
The list of symptoms indicating that the immune system is weak is not exhaustive; on the whole, other most significant symptoms are the following ones:
● long and severe SARS;
● persisting pustular skin lesions;
● recurrent purulent-septic surgical soft tissue infections (boils, cellulitis, carbuncles, abscesses);
● enlarged lymph nodes;
● fungal infections of nails, skin and mucous membranes (onychomycosis, candidiasis);
● resistant to treatment and constantly recurring diseases of the respiratory tract, sinuses, urinary system.
In addition to these, other symptoms of reduced immunity typically include the following:
● a strong reaction to changes in temperature as well as weather changes and magnetic storms;
● a general feeling of fatigue, bad sleep;
● the appearance of papillomas on a face, arms or genital organs;
● lack of appetite;
● increased skin dryness and flaking.
The use of immunomodulatory drugs can significantly reduce the incidence of diseases. However, the best way to keep an immune system strong is to consume healthy food, stay physically active and avoid stress.