I am a teacher and I need to work for financial reasons. I have lupus, sjrogren's, fibromyalgia and unmanaged ra. My doctor put me on actemra (in addition to the plaquenil and sulfasalazine I was taking already, as well as periodic prednisone injections, and I had been on methotrexate until it was no longer effective and making me sick). Every time I took actemra I would get bronchitis or pneumonia. I got really sick but my joints were getting some relief. So, we switched to orencia. Unfortunately, I still get infections after treatments, but they are not as severe (sinus and bronchitis) but the effectiveness is also not as great. I am becoming reluctant to take it because I am so sick of being sick, but my disease is progressing too. Any suggestions for for reducing risk of infection?
Unfortunately you have a weakened immune system because of your diseases and their treatments. As a result, your body can’t fight infection and disease as well as a healthy person’s body can.
Here are some tips for preventing infection in patients with weak immune systems.
1. Practice good hand hygiene. Many infections are spread from bacteria or viruses that we pick up on our hands when we touch people or objects around us. Cleaning hands often (washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer) is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.
2. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Even a common cold virus can make a patient with a weak immune system very sick.
3. Get vaccinated. Care providers for patients with weak immune systems should receive all recommended vaccinations, including influenza and pertussis vaccines. Patients should also receive these vaccines as long as their doctors recommend it.
- Orencia Drug Information
- Plaquenil Drug Information
- Sulfasalazine Drug Information
- Actemra Drug Information
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