I recently cut my finger fairly deeply with a box cutter and had to have it...
I recently cut my finger fairly deeply with a box cutter and had to have it stitched. During the healing process I contracted a strong cold/mild flu (a sore throat and runny nose with a high fever, aches and shivering). I doubt the two have anything to do with one another apart from happening to occur at the same time.
But they did occur at the same time. So I'm wondering: what is my body going to do?
If I recall my junior high biology, a cut is healed by platelets and [other stuff I can't recall], whereas a virus is fought with antibodies. Presumably in both cases it's a bit more complicated than just that. I'm also not sure if there is any crossover - are antibodies, for example, needed to protect the open wound from bacterial infection? Regardless, my question is:
Since the resources in the human body are finite, would having to fight off the cold have a detrimental effect on the healing of the cut?
If certain resources are needed for both tasks, would the body divide its resources or give one precedence over the other?
I'm guessing this is not something that is easy to measure, since it would be difficult to conduct a control experiment given the insane amount of variables. But presumably there is a consensus in the biological community on whether there would be an effect, even if it is not possible to determine the degree of said effect.
I should mention in closing that I am not remotely worried about any of this; it just piqued my curiosity.