Impaired Immune System, Adult

Certain health conditions and medicines weaken the immune system’s ability to fight off infection and illness. Some examples in adults are: Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. Long-term alcohol and drug problems. Steroid medicines, which may be used to treat a variety of conditions…

Impaired Immune System, Adult

Impaired Immune System, Adult

Certain health conditions and medicines weaken the immune system's ability to fight off infection and illness. Some examples in adults are:

  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Long-term alcohol and drug problems.
  • Steroid medicines, which may be used to treat a variety of conditions.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.
  • Other medicines used to treat autoimmune disease.
  • Medicines taken after organ transplant.
  • Not having a spleen.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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