I'm still a new-bee to this; so, hopefully this is not a ridiculous question.
I understand that IVIG is thought to suppress an overactive immune response (attacking nerves). It seems that how this all happens isn't greatly understood. While IVIG is slowing down my immune system's inappropriate response, does this impact other needed functions (aka fighting actual foreign invaders such as viruses, etc.)? or is it instead just resetting my immune system to attack the right things? I'm thinking of this in layman's terms, although I just purchased a book on the immune system.
I contracted what I believe is an everyday head cold that is lingering (10 days now and getting worse). I'm visiting my MD Wed. to confirm it's not a sinus infection.
Today, my neurologist advised that a common cold could take longer for me to heal because the IVIG suppresses my immune system. I've completed the loading dose and 1 monthly treatment; so, not much, but enough to initiate progress.
I recall reading on here many people rarely get sick because of implied/heightened immunity with IVIG (flu shot discussion). I found that encouraging, because I won't get a future flu shot. Now, I am questioning whether I need to be extra careful about exposure if I can expect prolonged recovery for basic colds. I have a kindergarten student; so, germs fly around my house- lol!