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#1 Patty


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Posted 27 October 2007 - 03:45 AM

It seems I now have pink eye. I looked it up and I guess I do not need to see a DR but what I do not get is this: We have auto immine disease ie over active immune system so how is it we get things like this?? I would think that over active immune would kep us free of illness and things like pink. I am stumped.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 04:23 AM

Hi, Patty. Sorry to hear about your pink eye (conjunctivitis). As the excellent linked article explains there are a number of causes for pink eye, some of which should be seen by a doctor. The article discusses the variations so you can make a decision on whether or not you should.

Autoimmunity isn't just an overactive immune system, but the inability for the body to differentiate between the outside offenders and its own tissue. We are still subject to allergic reactions, bacterial and viral infections (all causes of conjunctivitis) just like everyone else and some more than others.

Here is the link to our page on Autoimmunity. Hope this is useful.
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Posted 27 October 2007 - 05:27 AM

A gal I babysit for just got over a really bad case of pink eye, or in her case blood red eye - both eyes. She looked awful! She went to doctor and got on antibiotics.

I think you should see your doctor. just in case.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 05:32 AM

I'm so sorry you have developed pink eye! It's not like you needed something else to deal with.

Please check out the link that Jefa provided on autoimmunity. We really don't have an overactive immune system, but rather one that works backwards. Instead of destroying the bad cells, it's confused and destroys the good cells instead. That leaves of prone to infections like pink eye, flu, colds and others.

Please see your doctor ASAP.

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