What is wrong with my immune system?

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I normally have a very strong immune system but recently I've been badly ill. Since I restarted uni over a month ago I've been already ill twice, I've had cold symtoms in between and 2 herpes outbreaks.

When I got to uni I got ill pretty much immediately, but I guess this goes down to freshers fly. After that however, I kept having some cold symptoms until recently I got properly ill, horrible cough and sore throat and lost my voice completely.

I really don't see what I'm doing wrong and what I could do further to improve my immune system:
-I don't smoke
-I rarely drink
-I go to the gym 4-5 times a week
-I eat very healthy, high protein, complex carbs, fruit vegetables etc..
-I take a multivitamin + omega 3 every morning

In addition, I always wash my hands when possible and try to stay far from people who are ill. I wear warm clothes and keep my room clean..

I've had blood tests done recently for other reasons and everything seems to be in order.

Not sure what to do.. this is greatly affecting my uni work and my gym routine.

Anon. because some private stuff..
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Now I'm no specialist, but if you're having frequent herpes outbreaks, then I think it's time to stop blaming your immune system and start choosing your partners much more carefully...

but on a serious note, just eat a lot of citrus fruit, apparently that helps.

Good luck
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(Original post by R Dragon)
Now I'm no specialist, but if you're having frequent herpes outbreaks, then I think it's time to stop blaming your immune system and start choosing your partners much more carefully...

but on a serious note, just eat a lot of citrus fruit, apparently that helps.

Good luck
That herpes outbreak was just a side issue, not the main problem, just another illustration of a weakened immune system. Herpes you get for life but sometimes get outbreaks when your immune system is down.
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That herpes outbreak was just a side issue, not the main problem, just another illustration of a weakened immune system. Herpes you get for life but sometimes get outbreaks when your immune system is down.
Wait what? I assure you getting a herpes outbreak is not a sign of a weakened immune system (unless you are seriously unwell or had chemotherapy etc.) o.o

Recurrent outbreaks are usually due to excessive alcohol consumption or stress.

In any case, your GP should be able to give you better advice.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I normally have a very strong immune system but recently I've been badly ill. Since I restarted uni over a month ago I've been already ill twice, I've had cold symtoms in between and 2 herpes outbreaks.

When I got to uni I got ill pretty much immediately, but I guess this goes down to freshers fly. After that however, I kept having some cold symptoms until recently I got properly ill, horrible cough and sore throat and lost my voice completely.

I really don't see what I'm doing wrong and what I could do further to improve my immune system:
-I don't smoke
-I rarely drink
-I go to the gym 4-5 times a week
-I eat very healthy, high protein, complex carbs, fruit vegetables etc..
-I take a multivitamin + omega 3 every morning

In addition, I always wash my hands when possible and try to stay far from people who are ill. I wear warm clothes and keep my room clean..

I've had blood tests done recently for other reasons and everything seems to be in order.

Not sure what to do.. this is greatly affecting my uni work and my gym routine.

Anon. because some private stuff..
Seen the GP?
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Wait what? I assure you getting a herpes outbreak is not a sign of a weakened immune system (unless you are seriously unwell or had chemotherapy etc.) o.o

Recurrent outbreaks are usually due to excessive alcohol consumption or stress.

In any case, your GP should be able to give you better advice.
As with chemo, I think the recurrence of the herpes virus symptoms/expression is due to suppressed immune system. Alco and Stress do the same.
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As with chemo, I think the recurrence of the herpes virus symptoms/expression is due to suppressed immune system. Alco and Stress do the same.
Yes, that was my point.
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Yes, that was my point.
My bad! : thought you said it was only due to both stress or alco consumption and was not due to fluctuation in immune system generally.
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My bad! : thought you said it was only due to both stress or alco consumption and was not due to fluctuation in immune system generally.
No problmeo Mr Dave5~
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My guess is that restarting uni is what is causing this. I'm told university can be a stressful place, and stress tends to depress the immune system. Also, being in the same place as thousands of other people of your age presents a lot of brilliant vectors for germs to get to you, even if you keep yourself as impressively clean and healthy as your post describes.
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