A History Of Infections

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)
  • Leukemia

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
cracked skin
adrenal insufficiency
edema of the knees
history of sinusitis
frequent runny nose
elevated eosinophil count
poor cold weather tolerance
low energy/stamina
... 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:
Cause Probability Status
Lupus (SLE) 95% Confirm
Leukemia 50% Possible
Vitamin A Need 30% Unlikely
Nephrotic Syndrome 3% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 3% Ruled out
Weakened Immune System 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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.
Possible responses:
→ 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.
Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis)
Lupus patients have abnormalities in their immune systems that predispose them to develop infections.
Nephrotic Syndrome
Infection is a serious and frequent complication of nephrotic syndrome.