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My father suffers from an auto-immune disease where cracks painfully form in his mouth, reoccurring Cellulitis in his legs and groin, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Failure, COPD, and seems to be prone to infection. Even while taking as good of care of himself as he can, he seems to keep getting reoccurring infections. Most of the time, it's the Cellulitis. He gets taken to the hospital via ambulance about one every two months because of the infections, and they're pretty suddenly onset. He'll be fine, then suddenly, he starts shaking terribly. Just today, he was taken in to the hospital. According to the ER, it's a respiratory infection, this time. He did have his Flu and Pneumonia shots this year, to add. My mother's beside herself having to do this every 60ish days. Is there anything they can do to help prevent these constant infections in him? He barely wants to leave the house or do anything.

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replied February 14th, 2017
Infectious Diseases Answer A60337
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Diabetes in itself is an immune compromised state. The co morbid conditions including the COPD and autoimmunity would also contribute to the severity and frequency of the infections. The Flu and Pneumonia shots were necessary in this scenario and should have been done. To cover all bases , i would advise addition of a zinc supplement to help with countering inflammation and facilitating the healing process. It can be taken for a month to see for the results.

Wishing you best of health


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