Lingering Pathogens - What are they?

Lingering Pathogens (LPs) are pathogenic influences that remain in the body and provoke a persistent immune response: this includes living organisms like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites or allergens, chemicals, drugs and environmental toxins.

LPs manifest in a number of ways. An infection from the past may still make its presence felt with recurrent symptoms often arising when the patient is stressed or run down, or perhaps detectable as persistent antibodies or other markers in blood tests.

In clinic we often suspect a LP when the patient presents with a history that begins "I have never been well since...", sometimes it may not be apparent. Examples include Recurring infections, Glandular fever, Chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, Allergies, Chronic infections, Rheumatoid arthritis, Graves and Hashimotos thyroiditis, Herpes infection and Malaria.

Signs and symptoms include low grade fever or heat sensations, chills/fever, swollen lymph nodes and tonsils, abnormal sweating, muscle/joint aches, low energy levels, skin lesions and rashes, recurring pains.

So why are we likely to get an LP?

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