I have ASD and seem to get a lot of colds and can generally feel run down Can ASD affect the immune system and does anyone else with ASD have any problems in this way?
Don't know. I would suggest more regular exercise. I seem to be iller when not moving around.
I get colds that will last a short as 24hrs. I have very waxy ears. And after a cold, I will have blocked ears and produce above average wax. "2cm long and as thick as a pencil."
I rarely get ill and when I do I'm out for weeks. Mostly Gastrointestinal bugs. Has made me a bit OCD with public handles and bathrooms.
I get an upset tummy with bad food, and I'm alright within 4 hours.
I have a really slow digestion track usually and will "have a show of processed food from the colon" every 2 days.
I used to be constipated a lot. fixed with lots of water.
I know that children and women still get this and the occasional short bouts of diarrhea. That could be IBS like.
Also, ASD women tend to have debilitating periods, irregular and heavy.
I also don't know when I'm hungry.
Thanks for that I can relate to a lot of the things you are saying
I get a lot of wax in my ears and also find I get a lot of ‘tummy bugs’
I think now that they are not tummy bugs but stress IBS. I sometimes cannot say what I ate is dodgy. But can see I have had a stressful day.
Do you think there are physical differences in ASD people?
The tummy thing is definitely there and there is research on the flow of blood in the front of the brain, and size and shape of the amygdala.
Don’t think so - certainly not for me. I hardly ever get colds at all. Maybe once every few years at the most.
My daughter gets alot of coughs and gets run down easily I think that she gets run down due to her restricted diet, it is also worth noting that her "normal" body temperature is higher than it should be
My partner doesn't get Ill that often but when he does he can't get rid of the cough/cold he has
Both are undiagnosed asd
Have you written a food diary to record whether some foods trigger immune responses?
Sorry, was that question for me or the original poster?
Personally I don't think so in a measurable sense. The only caveat is that sometimes the state of mind can have an influence in your general health, so if you are having a particularly bad/low period, it can have an influence on your general health, (particularly if your level of self-care deteriorates).