What Causes Repeated Infections?
Repeated infections can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose repeated infections, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "repeated infections" as a symptom. Here are six possibilities:
- Nephrotic Syndrome
- Weakened Immune System
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Vitamin A Need
- Lupus (SLE)
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe vision disturbances
inability to work under pressure
having foamy urine
edema of the knees
history of sinusitis
frequent runny nose
elevated eosinophil count
poor cold weather tolerance
... and more than 100 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of repeated infections:
|Vitamin A Need
|Weakened Immune System
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Immune System Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about a history of infections:
Do you regularly get infections? For example, skin, ear, bladder, tonsils, gastrointestinal, chest/respiratory, pneumonia, mouth sores etc.
→ No / almost never
→ I'm about average - occasionally / don't know
→ Regularly - one or two per year
→ Often - more than two per year
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate infrequent infections, regular infections or frequent infections, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Due to its effects on white blood cells, leukemia prevents the immune system from working normally, sometimes resulting in frequent infections.|Nephrotic Syndrome
|Infection is a serious and frequent complication of nephrotic syndrome.|