how does having an infection
affected those of us diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?
Can having an infection aggravate MS symptoms and make them worse?
Multiple Sclerosis is known for weakening the immune system in the
majority of the cases of MS and setting us up for more frequent and
often more severe infections, which are difficult for our bodies to
each time that those of us with Multiple Sclerosis end up with some
type of infection, this can actually aggravate or exacerbate the
symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, which are often already present and
make them much worse than they were before the infection started and
became full blown.
far as Multiple Sclerosis and infections, it is much worse for those of
us with Multiple Sclerosis any time that we run a fever, since heat
aggravates MS symptoms by itself. To compound the problem, a
fever is often a signal of more severe infections that can knock our
immune systems down to the point where we can end up with too many
infections in a shorter period of time, which doesn't allow our immune
system enough time between infections for it to recover.
we end up with too many infections too close together, in a shorter
period of time, this can lead to infections that last for longer
periods of time, often lasting for 1 to 6 months at a
time or this can set us up for having multiple infections at the same
make matters even worse, if we are given large doses of antibiotics for
more extended periods of time, this can add to how exhausted we can
feel, how sick we can become from the infection, or this can increase
how weakened our immune systems can become, so that it is less likely
for our bodies to be able to fight off infections with out increasing
how often we need to take antibiotics just to fight off the next
infection that we get.
can sometimes set us up for a vicious cycle, for those of us diagnosed
with Multiple Sclerosis. Let's say we are
given antibiotics to take for an infection and we finally get
of the infection, but have such a weakened immune system from taking
antibiotics for longer periods of time, just for us to get rid of the
infection, that we get another infection almost back to back with the
first infection. We can then be given antibiotics again for
second infection, only for our immune systems to be weakened even
further, where our bodies are again unable to recover from the
next infection without the help of the antibiotics.
get me wrong, antibiotics are needed at times, but why take the
antibiotics all of the time or most of the time, so that when we need
them the most to help us to fight off infections, they do not work as
well as they should because we can build up resistance to them.
infections can actually trigger more MS relapses or at least weaken the
immune system even further, causing a vicious downward spiral of your
What type of MS Infection are typically a
problem for people with Multiple Sclerosis? The more common
infections can include any of
* bladder or kidney infections
-- these become more frequent and can cause incontinence or wetting
yourself frequently, or can cause painful urination, urgency, cloudy
urine, strong smelling urine, or maybe even blood in the urine. Contact
your doctor if you suspect that you may have a bladder infection to get
help with this before it becomes more severe. Severe MS
infections can be much more difficult to get rid of. That's
it is better to treat the bladder infections before they can get so out
of control to where it is much more difficult for your body to help to
fight off the infection.
forms of the flu -- this can include stomach flu,
intestinal flu, or just the general flu
* bacterial or
to flora and fauna (good bacteria in the
tract that helps boost our immune systems to help fight off infections)
-- often called Candida albicans.
Multiple Sclerosis already
weakens the immune system and infections just add to weakening the
immune system even more.
do we find other ways to boost the immune system and help our bodies to
fight off MS infection
to reduce how the infections knock down the
immune system so that it has trouble recovering?
Ways to help boost the Immune
system to help prevent the infections in the first place can any of the
-- depends on the type of infection) -- herbs that are used
for boosting the immune system and for helping our bodies to fight off
infections can include echinacea, astalagus, uva ursi (for bladder
infections), corn silk (bladder infections)
supplements (for boosting the immune system) can
(taken to bowel tolerance, where you just start to get closer
having diarrhea and then you reduce the amount that you are taking a
little to back off
of the diarrhea)
(taken with vitamins B1 and B6) and selenium - help to boost immune
system and help the body to remove toxins, which help in turn to boost
the immune system and help it to fight off infections better.
The main things to keep in
mind, which help much more when it comes to boosting the immune system
and helping to prevent or reduce infections include:
adequate sleep at night for each day of the week -- this
can be a challenge at times, but getting 8 hours of quality sleep each
day can make a huge difference in helping to boost the immune
system so much more quickly when we find ways for us to get more sleep
and to rest more often.
* reduce stress
-- stress is very tough on the immune system; reducing the stress,
worry, anxiety and depression that we can experience from time to time
with Multiple Sclerosis can go a long way in helping to keep our immune
* Diet changes
-- include more raw fruits and vgetables in the diet (including more
greens such as kale and spinach) can help provide us with more nutrient
rich foods to speed healing; also include more omega 3 fatty acids
(ground flaxseeds, extra virgin olive oil, fish oils such sardines and
alaskan salmon) and legumes.
Regularly (as much as you can tolerate,, basically as much
as you possibly can, without increasing MS fatigue to levels of
exahaution) -- to increase circulation, increase oxygen to the brain
and other parts of the body, to increase detoxification, to reduce many
MS symptoms, help the body to function better physically and help to
boost the immune system. Exercise also helps to increase stamina,
reduce fatigue, increase flexibility, reduce muscle tightness, reduce
muscle stiffness and helps to reduce stress on the body.
Preventative measures make a
huge difference in reducing infections in Multiple Sclerosis and can
help to reduce MS attacks and exacerbations too.