Immunity 3 MIN READ 69 VIEWS April 19, 2022

Symptoms of Weak Immune System You Should be Mindful of

Written By HealthKart
Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Symptoms of weak immune system

The immune system is one of the most important aspects of one’s body as it protects and shields the body from infections and foreign agents. With the immune system compromised, the body cannot deal with infections well which may lead to severe damage and eventual collapse of all bodily functions. A person who shows symptoms of weak immune system is more likely to fall sick, catch infections, and have organ dysfunctions. This happens due to the invading foreign agents, which the body cannot fight off without a strong immune system.

What Weakens the Immune System?

The immune system is composed of White Blood Cells (WBC), lymph nodes, and antibodies alongside many organs which also participate in the immunity functions. 

Many disorders can weaken the immune system, while, in others, they may have a genetically weakened immune system, making them prone to diseases and infections from a very young age. Some diseases that can hamper a person’s immune system are HIV, malnutrition, hepatitis, and certain cancers, among many other rarer diseases. People with a lowered or weakened immune system are prone to severe repeated infections like bacterial and viral infections which can cause pneumonia and other diseases like COVID-19. 

Let us look into weak immunity symptoms to figure out when to take precautions if it does happen to you or anyone you know. 

Telltale Signs of Weak Immune System

The symptoms of weak immune system are quite visible if one pays attention. The most common of low immune system signs is the increased susceptibility to infections. If a person catches infections very frequently from most common things, then it is a sure sign of a compromised immune system. A person with a weak immune system is also most likely to find himself/herself catching infections in an environment where other individuals are exposed to the same conditions but are not affected in the slightest. 

People with a weakened immune system are likely to experience symptoms of diseases like pneumonia, meningitis, bronchitis and also may experience skin rashes,etc. Other things a person with low immunity may experience include: 

  1. Autoimmune disorders
  2. Inflammation of the internal organs
  3. Blood disorders or abnormalities, such as anaemia
  4. Digestive issues, including loss of appetite, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping
  5. Growth and developmental delays in infants and children

Additionally, a doctor or health professional can identify an individual with a weakened immune system by analyzing symptoms along with a baseline blood test. 

Tips to Stay Healthy

One of the only things people showing signs of weak immune system can do is to take good care of themselves and their surroundings to avoid coming in contact with allergens. 

Good hygiene and self-care are also essential in keeping germs in check. Washing hands is one of the best ways to reduce infections. Washing hands or sanitizing before eating and after coughing, touching surfaces, or coming in from outside can help reduce the chances of infection by over 50 per cent. 

Another simple tip for people experiencing symptoms of weak immune system is to practice social distancing by avoiding contact with people who are sick or are going through anything viral or bacterial. Since sick people can spread viruses to other people who are in close contact, especially people with compromised immunity are an easier target.

Disinfecting house objects on a regular basis can also go a long way in reducing the chances of infections. Managing stress is another big factor in helping weaker immune systems since stress plays a major factor in weakening the immune system. You can manage stress by some healthy practices like yoga, meditation, massage, and other relaxing activities. Getting enough sleep is also very helpful in boosting immunity as well as managing stress. Enough sleep is also helpful in better production of White Blood Cells (WBC), helping better in fighting off germs. 

Other healthy habits include a balanced diet and nutritious food. It is advisable to wash and disinfect all the food before consuming it. Regular exercise and staying fit also help in enhancing immunity. In case, weak immunity symptoms start showing, supplements like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Folic acid can help in boosting the immunity system

Conclusion

Now you must have a fair idea of how the symptoms of weak immune system look like. A weakened immune response can open the doors to many health problems. The good news is that bolstering your immunity is really simple. 

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