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The Good Immune Guide – Infographic

by Dr. Jen Tan, on 31 October 2013, Immune System

Our immune system exists to protect our bodies from invading organisms such as cold and flu viruses. But, why is it that some people naturally have a strong resistance to infection whilst others seem to succumb to cold after cold?

If you are someone who tends to pick up bugs easily, what can you do to improve your immune function?

Don’t succumb to bugs this winter. Read our new infographic – The Good Immune Guide for helpful advice to boost your immunity from A.Vogel’s nutritional therapist Alison Cullen, and Dr Margaret Richie from The University of Edinburgh.

The Good Immune Guide Infographic

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  • katie hopkins

    ive had the flu now for two weeks or more and ive got a really bad cought and a bad chest I cant sleep thought it ive try everthing for my chest but nothing working at all is they anthing you can do for me from Katie hopkins

    • Dr. Jen Tan

      Flu, especially one which lasts for two weeks, can cause you to have a chest infection. As your symptoms are not improving, you should really be seeing a doctor who can either confirm or eliminate this possibility and recommend appropriate treatment. If you do have a chest infection caused by bacteria, you may need antibiotics – much as we would like to avoid the use of this class of medicines, sometimes, it is needed and necessary.

  • Sue

    My 16 year old daughter has had a cold for months. It comes and goes all year. It’s worse in the morning and it’s mostly a snotty head with occasional coughing. She has a good healthy diet and plenty of fresh air and excercise.
    A couple of times she has had an alergic reaction to a friends cats, so, as we have two dogs, I tried her on antihistamines – it made no difference at all.
    I’ve tried her with echinacea and thought I’d try Luffa next – other than that have you any suggestions

    • Dr. Jen Tan

      You describe your daughter’s condition as a cold, but I wonder if she is suffering from allergic rhinitis. The pattern of symptoms being worse in the morning, production of mucus and known allergies to cats supports this theory. Your suggestion of trying Luffa is a good one – we would suggest using Pollinosan tablets. These were originally designed by Alfred Vogel as a treatment for hayfever, but is also a treatment for allergic rhinitis.

  • Andrea

    Hi. I don’t know what to do. I have constantly a cold. It’s always worse in the winter when my nose is runny all the time and then I am ill ( sore throat, cough, blocked nose completely) at least 3 times a year. I think that my immunity system is very weak. If I went to see the doctor to find out if I am allergic to something, they said I am not. Could you advise me what to do?

    • Dr. Jen Tan

      It certainly does seem that your immune system needs help. There are two general possibilities:

      Although your doctor says that you do not have a specific allergy, it could be that you suffer from a condition known as allergic rhinitis – a general allergy to house dust, animals etc.. This causes a low grade but constant inflammation of the membranes in your upper airways – principally the nose, sinuses and throat. If this is the case, you should benefit from using Pollinosan tablets which are for hayfever as well as allergic rhinitis.

      You might also be picking up viral infections because of a weakened immune system and if this is so, a combination of Echinacea and vitamin C will help.

      Whatever the case, you will benefit from taking heed of the lifestyle advice given in the infographic.

  • Linda S. P. Sawyer

    Many thanks for your advice when i am a bit better I am going out to buy some echinacea throat spray and green tea and will eat a lot more green veg, as I am vegetarian its not difficult


  • Candace

    Hi. I can’t sleep early these past months. My old bedtime is at 10PM but I’ve been sleeping at 1 or 2 AM lately. I’ve tried doing cardio exercises 2 hours before I go to sleep to tire my body and trick it to sleep earlier but it does not work all the time. I currently also have a chesty cough, colds, and I can’t think clearly when I wake up. I don’t drink any alcohol or smoke, I exercise during the weekends, and I do my best to eat healthily. In spite of all this, I can feel my body and immune system getting weaker. What should I do?

  • harry bobs

    i suffer with IBS ( 4 -5 times for stool in morning ) . Any practical solution to cope up with this

  • Alba Thorning

    Excellent advice .Thank you.

  • milagros isik b.

    This article is informative and applicable in our daily basis…thanks to all health concern Doctors and staff,for this helpful site….God bless you all…

  • Alex Cavallo

    Hi I have had a cough for over 2 weeks now. I seem to always get a cough when their is low pressure and I find it difficult to shift.
    It sounds very loud and strong and is having an impact on life.
    Any suggestions?

    • Dr. Jen Tan

      It is unusual for a cough to be associated with changes in atmospheric pressure. The first thing that comes to mind is that your sinuses or middle ear are affected, leading to an increase in the amount of mucus produced. In turn, this might lead to a condition called post-nasal drip where mucus irritates the back of your pharynx, and a cough. An alternative explanation would be the possibility of allergies developing when the atmospheric conditions change.

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