How Do You Maintain Your Body’s Immunity When Taking Methylprednisolone?
Afternoon, I want to ask. My mother was diagnosed with psoriosis dermatitis, so my mother took the drug methylprednisilone and cetirizine. After I read these drugs it weakens the body’s immune system making it easier for infection. In the midst of a corona outbreak like this I’m worried. What should be done? Stopping taking the medicine, or continuing? If it continues, how do you increase the body’s immunity?
Originally posted 2020-04-16 14:44:06.
Thank you for the question.
Psoriasis occurs due to an autoimmune disorder that makes skin cells proliferate excessively to thicken, scaly, itchy, dry, swollen, injured, and peeling continuously uncontrollably. If not handled properly, not only can cause physical activity and physical appearance of the patient to be disrupted, but susceptible also appears various complications, such as skin infections, arthritis, eye damage, diabetes, hypertension, heart and blood vessel disorders, metabolic syndrome, kidney disorders , and other autoimmune disorders.
Treatment of psoriasis needs to be done primarily to suppress inflammatory reactions, so it is necessary to be given anti-inflammatory drugs. Not only that, so that itching improves and you feel calmer, doctors can also give antihistamines. This is what underlies your doctor's therapy. In addition, other therapies can also be given, such as vitamin D analogues, salicylic acid, calcineurin inhibitors, coal tar, moisturizers, light therapy, chemotherapy, and so on.
One of the side effects of psoriasis treatment can indeed suppress the immune system, making you more vulnerable to infection. Considering the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 that caused the Corona virus infection, obviously this could trigger its own concerns. However, you should not carelessly stop taking the drug, because it can trigger a recurrence of your complaint. Our advice, support your immune system by:
Live a healthy lifestyle, including sleep and wake up more regularly, vary the nutritional value in your food, drink at least 2-3 liters of water a day, don't overexert physical activity
Improving personal hygiene, including bathing regularly, changing clothes periodically, using clean towels and clothes, not carelessly exchanging personal items with others, diligently washing hands with soap
Stay away from things that aggravate your complaint, for example activities that make skin injury, stress, smoking, alcohol, and do not also consume any drugs without a doctor's prescription.
Continue to undergo treatment and regularly control your skin health to the dermatologist according to the recommended schedule
Restrict outside the house, except when urgent. Keep a distance from the people around you, especially those who are sneezing, coughing, colds, and fever at least 2 meters.
If then you feel like experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19 and have been in contact with sufferers or suspects of COVID-19, you should check with yourself directly to the doctor so that further treatment, ok?
I hope this helps.