Microorganism like bacteria or infective particles like the viruses are the usual causative agents behind infections in the human body. However, it must be mentioned that an exposure to pathogenic germs or microorganisms by itself does not necessarily result in infection and the appearance of consequent and tell tale symptoms in the human body. Furthermore all microorganisms are not necessarily the agents that bring on infections and diseases. The ability and capability of the body's immune system is a very important factor, in whether the infection once started will develop in the body.
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An idea about the importance of the immune system in a defensive role in the body can be by turning to the immune function page which has detailed information about the immune system, and its role during the onset of infection and disease. In this regard other topics can also give a lot of information, these topics include the ones on common domestic infections such as the common cold and the topic on sore throat. More severe diseases like influenza, the topic on the cough. Topics on specific infections in defined areas of the body like the one on ear infections, the one on urinary tract infection, the topic on specific diseases due to organisms like the yeast infection and the fungal caused common condition of athlete's foot. The topics on the origin and treatment of cold sores, the topic on the HIV virus and AIDS, on shingles, and on various pathogenic parasites will all give you some idea of what the immune system does during infection from an external source.
The vulnerability of the body to infection is greatly increased due to psychological factors like the presence of stress in an person, as a lot of nervous disorders and stress can depress the functioning of the immune system. Therefore dealing with stress and its management assumes importance where infections are concerned. The rise of infections in the human body can also be checked through physical activity and exercise increases the natural white blood cell activity in the immune system. Being physically fit therefore will lead to the prevention of most common infections.
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The first line of defense in the body or the first natural barriers to infective agents in the body is the integumentary system-i.e. the skin and the mucous membranes, these two are the fences that microorganisms have to penetrate in order to infect a human host. There are other factors important to the likelihood of infection, the chance of infection's increase when there is a deficiency of vitamin A. Immune system function and optimal performance can ward off infections effectively to this end; supplements of the essential mineral zinc in moderate amounts may be beneficial. Therefore as far as patients with recurring infections are concerned, supplementation with zinc tablets is often recommended, and this opinion and treatment methodology is held by some nutritionally oriented doctors. The dosages that such doctors typically advise are about 25 mg of zinc per day for adults and lower doses in children, all the dosages will of course depend on the weight of the person.
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Viral infections can be prevented by supplements of the vitamin C, which possesses anti viral properties and actions in the body; it can also greatly minimize the effects of infections and reduce the severity of infections like the common cold. Invading bacteria in the body can also be eliminated using Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements, this is a species of the 'friendly' bacteria found in yogurt, it manufactures acids in the body that is anti bacterial in action.
The length and duration of infection and the effectiveness of short-term immune system reaction can be promoted when the herb Echinacea is used as a supplement. The natural and well-known antibiotic property of the garlic comes in handy when dealing with infections of all kinds.
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The immune system is also modulated and buffered by immune system bolstering substances such as many complex polysaccharides found in astragalus and maitake mushroom, this special ability can be put to great effect when dealing with infections. Laboratory research shows that pau d'arco is a fungicidal and can be used in the treatment and prevention of all types of infections caused by fungus or fungal derivatives. The anti-bactericidal properties of the sandalwood tree can be utilized, and its essential oil can be used as a lotion for topical application.
Traditional use has also been made of different herbs where infections are concerned, as a lot of herbs seem to possess an ability to boost the ability of the human body to resist infection. Some of these traditional herbs and plants are berry plants like the elderberry, the herbal beverage known commonly as green tea, the species of the wonder herb ginseng including the American ginseng and the Asian ginseng. As anti infection agents use has also been made of the eleuthero, the ashwagandha and the ligustrum herbs, other traditional herbs that have been utilized for this purpose also include the lomatium and schisandra herbs, also effective is the Oregon grape, the rosemary, the blue flag and the usnea herbs.
Commonly used essential oils for infection:
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All of the homeopathic remedies given below are effective where a person's resistance to infection is poor, the homeopathic remedies below will boost the immune system response in the individual and enable the body to respond in a timely manner to all causes acute infections.
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