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immune system care

Is there anything I can do to help protect my immune system during this HCV triple tx? (besides hand washing, hand sanitizer, rest, nutrition).  Do people take Airborne?  Vitamin C?
I must've picked up a bug this week that put me flat on my back for days....I don't want to stay home from things but I'm scared to get THAT sick again..
thanks for being here...all of you...
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what is your white blood or neutrophil count?  How often is it checked?  You may need rescue drugs to keep white blood count up during tx.   I just finished 30 weeks of tx today and my neutrophils hovered around .4 or 400 ANC which is quite low,  I did not do neupogen as often as I should have, washed my hands like a maniac and stayed home mostly.  I was lucky not to get even a cold during tx.. wondered if the interferon protected me!
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Actually, when doing  HCV therapy your immune system is ramped up in high gear with the strongest antiviral medications there is. So it is "less likely " for a viral infection to take hold.

Possibly what had you on your back was  the flu-like symptom(feels much the same ,but not because you have flu virus)  felt from therapy.

The meds can deplete white blood cells therefore you  "may" have a tougher time fighting off bacterial infections ..hence the warning to hand wash, etc.

Good luck  with your tx..
Will
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Hi.. sandy...:0)
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Drink lots of water.  Get a flu shot, if you haven't already.  You could possibly try some of the antioxidants, like green tea, pomegranate juice, acai juice, etc.  Someone on the forum recently suggesting getting a juicer and making fresh juice.  Talk to your doctor about airborne and zinc and vitamin C, as I'm not sure about those.  My husband doesn't take any supplements.
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What I do is avoid crowds.
If I'm on the train and someone sneezes, sniffles or coughs, my head is turned and I am walking in the opposite direction.
I've even taken my scarf and covered my mouth when I can't get away fast enough.

We can indeed get sick, colds and the like.
I know the difference between side effects of tx and coming down with something.
So far, I've only started to get sick once during this tx.
I didn't fight, just slept for 2 days, guzzled water and it backed off.
It definitely  felt like a cold coming on.

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didn't fight, just slept for 2 days, guzzled water and it backed off.
It definitely  felt like a cold coming on.

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My hunch is the INF/Riba had  more to do with it not taking hold than the water :0)  Glad you didn"t get a cold..
Will
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Hi will.. :)

Advocate.. one of the things I stayed away from based on doctors advice and my own research since my neuts were trashed most of tx was uncooked produce and fruits.  I was an avid juicer,  but uncooked produce is the best way to introduce bacteria into your body, so I only ate cooked food during tx.  That was just me and I was super paranoid!  

But I with family members 4 seperate times who had bad colds and I didn't get them.. so I agree with Will's statements.  
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Are there any studies to suggest that injected interferon has any role in preventing the common cold?  I've seen some that say the intranasal use may be effective...

I asked about this specifically.  I felt a cold coming on in October at my week 12 appointment.  I was told that ribavirin is more 'targeted' and does nothing to prevent a cold.
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Lots of great advice above, but want to stress to watch your wbc's/neutraphils/ANC level.  My ANC has been low since about week 8, and in addition to neupogen, I've been warned to avoid crowds, wash hands more often, etc.  A very low ANC lowers your bodies ability to fight off infection.  There are different interpretations of what a "low level" is.  
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Sorry if it sounded like I thought drinking water stopped my oncoming cold.
My belief is our bodies heal while they rest.
So by not fighting the urge to sleep, I let my body fight off the invader.

Somehow after all the various stuff I've been through it just makes me realize how much we think the doctors know, is nothing more than theory.
My adored doc is always say, ' we really don't know.'

BTW: My heptologist's number one advice is to wash my hands often.
His always look immaculate, I gotta ask about his manicurist:)
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I had the same thing happen to me. I even called my Dr and told them I was getting a cold. Then it just went away on its own. 2 days after tx I got Bronchitis. I was really sick, antibiotics got rid of it.
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