Denise, not everyone gets a lot of infections while on Remicade and Imuran. I supervise a group of people who work directly with preschool age children, and as you can imagine, they have a lot of colds and GI infections. Even though I work closely with them, I still don't get more colds on the Remi and Imuran.
There are several things you can do to help protect yourself. Be sure to wash any cuts, apply an antibiotic ointment and a band-aid. Actually, with so much staph going around this is a good idea for everyone. Also, wash your hands often, and keep your hands away from your face. Many of the things we catch are from dirty hands. Take a good vitamin supplement every day and eat a healthy diet to improve your general health. If you're anemic or bleeding, make sure your vitamin has iron in it or take an iron supplement. Even though research has not proven that they have any effect, many people swear by Zicam or Airborne for colds. Make sure your own immunizations are up to date. My doctors strongly urge yearly flu shots and the one-time pneumonia immunization for those of us with immune issues. I'm sure others in this amazing group of people will have more suggestions.
Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory drug which suppresses immunity as one of its many side effects. Imuran and Remicade were specifically developed to suppress specific types of immune reactions in your body. I don't know how they compare as far as degree of immunosuppression, but I don't think any of them completely shut down the immune system.
Left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Taking Colazal and Imuran, Remicade infusions and moving into remission. Finally off steroids after four years!
Now in remission for almost two years. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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