Many people are curious about how much bacteria is in their home. For some that curiosity is rooted in the serious threat bacteria presents for them. While bacteria poses a risk to everyone, those with compromised or weak immune systems are at an increased risk of infection.
Household Microbial Testing For High-Risk Patients
When germs invade a healthy host, the immune system kicks into gear and launches a counter-attack. More often than not a healthy person won’t feel sick, and won’t realize that their body protected them from infection. But for those at an increased risk of infection, prevention is crucial.
Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, digestive fluids, and sweat. These fluids normally act as a watery lubricant, but in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes these substances to be thick and sticky. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and weight loss. If a person with cystic fibrosis gets a cold, their white blood cells attack the germs. As a result, their lungs will become even more inflamed than normal. This inflammation triggers the productions of more mucus. This additional mucus blocks the airways and creates the perfect environment for germs to multiply. Something as mild as a cold can result in serious complications for a person with cystic fibrosis.
Cancer and its various treatments weaken your body’s immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against disease and germs. Chemotherapy medicines target rapidly dividing cells, like cancer cells. The problem is that many of the normal cells in your blood and bone marrow are also rapidly dividing, and are also destroyed. As a result, your body can’t properly produce enough white blood cells to fight infection, foreign substances, and disease. It’s vital to take preventative measures to protect your immune system from infection.
Immune System Disorders
Immune system disorders cause abnormal functioning of the immune system. In some cases the immune system may not be active enough, while other disorders are a result of an overactive system. An overactive immune system causes the body to attack and damage its own tissue and cells. Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight infection. Both category of immune system disorders require vigilance in avoiding exposure to harmful bacteria.
Individuals who have received an organ transplant are also at increased risk of infection. The immune system doesn’t recognize the foreign cells of a transplanted organ as “friendly”, and will attack as it does with any invader. That’s why before and after a transplant, patients will undergo immunosuppression. Immunosuppressants block the effects of your body’s natural defenses. Their purpose is to trick your body into accepting the donor organ. However, by blocking your defenses, you become more vulnerable to infection. It’s a delicate balance and one that requires constant care.
Peace of Mind
Suffering from a serious medical condition can cause a lot of anxiety, and the last thing you want to worry about is bacteria lurking in your home. Demystify the unknown by taking proactive steps to protect yourself. Ensuring that your home, food and water sources are all free of harmful bacteria can stop problems before they start. Arming yourself with information can provide tremendous peace of mind.
Play it Safe With Household Microbial Testing
Microbial testing can help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria that could cause serious complications to vulnerable patients. With vigilance and preventative care, you can avoid many of these threats.
Contact Us to learn more about protecting yourself or your loved one from bacterial threats at home.