Your Immune System and HPV

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People think that there is no cure for a virus. Think about it, take the common cold – sure you can take painkillers to lesson the symptoms, but do they actually contribute to you getting rid of the virus?
Yes, sore throat sweets can be a godsend when it comes to easing your irritable throat, but Strepsils aren’t going to make it go away. That’s because we rely on one very important system to get rid of these viruses, and that’s our immune system. That’s right, you may think that those two Paracetamol you took were what ridded your body of that nasty virus, but all they did was reduce your discomfort as your immune system did the legwork. So, if it’s really our immune system responsible for this expulsion of unwanted viral customers, how does it work?

How Your Immune System Fights Viruses

Your immune system has several tricks up its sleeve for fighting viruses. Consider this, why do we sneeze when we have a cold? You guessed it, it’s our immune system causing an involuntary reaction in our body to remove unwanted irritants from our nose and/or throat. Our immune system also has powerful tools to call upon in our time of need, principally white blood cells.

White Blood Cells

Our immune system produces white blood cells on repeat to keep an eye out for unwanted visitors. These white blood cells are stored in several different places of the immune system, so that they are poised and ready to go if the need arises.
Germs are constantly on the lookout for any possible route into your body, whether this be through an open wound, via unwashed food going into your mouth, or any other number of ways it could “get under your skin.”
White blood cells are tasked with destroying these viral cells which have no place in our bodies. Without these important body patrol cells, we would have no chance at getting rid of viruses.

Fighting HPV Naturally

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted sexual infection in the world. Without having had the HPV vaccine, our immune system is all that we have to fight off HPV. Therefore, fighting HPV naturally through your immune system is the only way to get rid of the virus.

What Is HPV?

HPV is a viral infection that is transferred via skin-to-skin contact. It largely affects the genitalia, leasing to aggressive and dangerous health problems such as genital warts and, with some high-risk HPV strains, cancer. The most common type of cancer derived from HPV is cervical cancer, which is why women are implored to make regular trips to their gynaecologist in order to assess whether they are carrying the virus. A pap smear test or HPV test is the only way for women to monitor whether they have the virus, and if it is causing abnormalities in their cells.

What Can I Do To Help My Immune System?

There are a number of different measures you can take to help boost your immune system and help it ward off HPV.
Many of these actions that you can take may seem obvious, but it is surprising how many people don’t consider these things to give their body a better chance.

  • Stop Smoking! – Smoking is one of the worst habits you can have, not least for your immune system. Smokers are far more susceptible to picking up infections, and so, if your gynaecologist detects abnormalities from your smear test, it is highly advisable that you stop smoking at once.
  • Nip Binge Drinking in the Bud. – Again, binge drinking can seriously harm your body’s chances of fighting off infection. Binge drinkers are found to have a weakened immune system so it is advisable to curb your drinking whoever you are, and especially if you have HPV.
  • Reduce your stress levels – while you may tut at this advice and think, how on earth am I expected to destress in my hectic life – reducing your stress levels can really help you recover from a virus. Why do doctors tell you to relax and stay off work when you’re ill, do you think?
  • Change your eating habits – eating enough essential vitamins and nutrients is very important to the effectiveness of your immune system. Without enough fruit and vegetables in your diet bringing you essential nutrients like vitamin B9, selenium and vitamin C, your immune system will not be at the top of its game.
 

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