Cancer patients who opt for cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy are often at risk for weakened immune system, which can increase their chances of getting an infection, including fungal infection. Cancer treatments lower white blood cells, especially neutrophils, which often occurs 10-14 days after receiving chemotherapy and this low white blood count period lasts for a week or more.
There are a few types of infections such as bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infections, prion disease, and protozoan infections. An infection can be caused by the micro-organisms living on or inside a human’s body. For a normal healthy individual, these micro-organisms do not usually cause a problem. But when the body’s immune system is weakened, these micro-organisms multiply, causing an infection, which can range from mild inflammation to an epidemic.
Viruses cause infections, such as the common cold, warts and skin infections caused by HPV, influenza, hepatitis C. Certain viruses can cause serious infections in people with very low white cell blood counts. Viruses are hard to identify and cannot be treated with antibiotics. Using antibiotics will only the risk of antibiotic resistance.
Fungi can pose a problem for people with weakened immune systems. The body usually has a population of “good” bacteria that help to maintain the balance of microorganisms in the intestines, mouth, vagina, and other parts of the body. If enough “good” bacteria are destroyed, for example, by overusing antibiotics, fungi can grow and cause health problems for the host.
The most common fungal infection in people with cancer is thrush. Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the fungus Candida. Candida can also grow in a woman’s vagina and cause vaginal thrush, or a yeast infection.
Bacteria are the most common type of infection-causing organism in people with cancer. Many bacteria live on and in our bodies. Some examples of bacterial infections are: tuberculosis, eye infections, bacterial meningitis, gastritis, STDs.
The best way to prevent your body from catching these infections is to boost your immune system. A strong immune system not only helps you go through the exhausting cancer treatments, but also protects your body from these infections and diseases.
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