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what are the symptoms of an immune deficiency?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Infections: Immunodeficiency presents with recurrent infections. When these infections occur, the type of infection, the bug responsible for the infection and the frequency of infection helps the clinician understand the type of immunodeficiency.

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What sort of problem is acquired immune deficiency syndrome (a.I.D.S.)?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Decreased immunity: Aids stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which can be contracted through exchange of bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. Hiv/aids causes a progressive decline in the function of the immune system, which leave the body susceptible to life-threatening infections.
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What is immune deficiency and what are the classic symptoms?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Severe infections: The immune system main role is to protect our body from infections, and also from tumors. When there is a deficiency, infections come often and are more severe. The symptoms are from the infections. If there is no infection, there are no symptoms. Some immune defciencies are of regulation, in those cases, parts of our body is harmed by our own immunity, this is called autoimmunity, as in lupus.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of immune deficiency (iga)?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Mostly none: Many people have IgA deficiency without consequences, presumably because igg, a different antibody, can do the work. Iga deficiency is associated with susceptibility to infections of mucosas, the symptoms are from respiratory infections such as sinusitis and pneumonias, from infectious diarrheas and sometimes from genital infections.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of immune deficiency?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
10 Signs of PI: Top 10 warning signs of a primary immunodeficiency (pi): http://www.Info4pi.Org/aboutpi/index.Cfm?Section=aboutpi&content=warningsigns "primary immunodeficiency causes children and adults to have infections that come back frequently or are unusually hard to cure. If you are affected by 2 or more of these signs (see link), talk to a physician about primary immunodeficiency.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How does a person get a immune deficiency?

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Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Multiple ways: There are inherited immune deficiencies that manifest at birth or later. There can be acquired immune deficiency such as from an infectious agent as in aids, drugs can cause a temporary immunodeficiency such as used in chemotherapy for cancer or immuno-supressive drugs used for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Malnutrition can impair your immune response. Smoking kills some defenses to infection.

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