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How does any one else cope with infections?
I haven't noticed anyone out there in their 70s. Would like to know if there are older MDS suffers
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Hope that tomorrow you will get some more information about your type of MDS. If your MDS affects your white blood cells, unfortunately you will be more susceptible to infections as your body is less able to produce enough white cells to fight infections so they will tend to go on for longer and be more serious than they otherwise would be. If you have a concurrent medical problem which makes skin infections more likely then you have a double whammy and may need to be more reliant on antibiotics to deal with the problem.
I also have low white cells and occasionally suffer from cellulitis if I get even a minor injury anywhere on my feet or lower legs. I manage to deal with it by elevating the injured part - in fact I am doing this at the moment as I had a scratch on my ankle bone that is now hot and fierce-looking and very painful!! I have found out that if I elevate it in bed and during the day for about 24 hours, it resolves without antibiotics as I prefer to avoid using them if at all possible. However, if it worsened or if I started running a bhigh temperature, I would definitely go and get some treatment.
I'm sure that there are plenty of people in their 70s on this forum and also some down in Somerset. I think you are in contact with Sarah.
Hope all goes well tomorrow.
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I am now more vulnerable to chest/throat and bladder infections. As soon as I feel a sore throat coming on I take 5000 mg Echinacea and nine times out of ten it fixes it. For the bladder infections I mostly knock them by breaking cranberry capsules into water and drinking lots of it. Hope this helps a little.
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