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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Common Sense Forgotten

I've been taking Cellcept for my Erosive Oral Lichen Planus and have had improvement over these twenty months. During this time, I have had repeated blood tests to see how much the Cellcept is affecting my blood. Since it is normally used for transplant patients so that they wont reject the foreign body part, it's to cut down the efficiency of the immune system.

In Erosive Oral Lichen Planus the immune system perceives the tissues of the mouth to be foreign. Like an infection, it is attacked which puts the immune system into hyper drive. Therefore taking Cellcept (Mycophenolate) will help calm the immune system down and stop it from attacking the mouth.

It's common sense that if one is immune compromised like this that one should take certain precautions to avoid unnecessary infections. At first I was extrementy careful and followed the protocol closely. But, as time has gone by, I have been careless.

I just got some blood test results back which shocked me out of my complacency. So, as a reminder to myself and others here are some steps to prevent infections:

    * Stay away from people who are sick, and avoid large crowds of people.

    * Avoid certain kinds of foods that can expose you to bacteria, such as uncooked foods, fresh unwashed fruits and vegetables.

    * Wash your hands often. Keep them away from your nose, mouth, and eyes.

    * Brush and floss your teeth and get regular dental care to reduce the risk of infection in your mouth and throat.

    * Ask your doctor whether you should get a yearly flu shot and the pneumonia vaccine.

It's important to know the signs of infection, such as fever. Call your doctor right away if you think you have an infection.

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