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Is frequent throat infections suggestive of a minor immune deficiency?

Is frequent throat infections suggestive of a minor immune deficiency?

Doubtful: It is possible, but unlikely. Would need further history to answer this appropriately. Where do you work, to whom are you exposed, do you have allergies, etc. If you are truly concerned your family doctor may be helpful in assessing this and providing adequate reassurances. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

Education: Different measures are indicated according to the type and degree of immunodeficiency. All immunodeficient patients should avoid contact with obviously sick individuals. Washing hands and avoiding crowded environments. Antibiotic in prophylaxis doses are a common indication for some conditions. Antibody replacemtns is indicated for those with proven antibody deficiency. ...Read more

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Have a mutation for immune deficiency (CVID2/IGAD2) associated with TACI. Normal IgA, IgM & IgG but long history of severe infections. How to test it?

Have a mutation for immune deficiency (CVID2/IGAD2) associated with TACI. Normal IgA, IgM & IgG but long history of severe infections. How to test it?

?: Not adding up, you can't literally have those conditions, repeated severe infections and normal measures of Ig subtypes.You need to be re-evaluated, you may simply have IgG subclass deficiency,or specific antibodies deficiency,testing for recall antigens for tetanus and pneumococcus,pre and post vaccination can prove it,treatment remains the same: IVIG therapy.Too complex for this limited platform ...Read more

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If you know anything about recurrent infections, immune deficiency, please help me know why I keep getting vaginitis?

If you know anything about recurrent infections, immune deficiency, please help me know why I keep getting vaginitis?

Causes of Vaginitis: There are many causes of vaginitis. A few are related to immune deficiency (chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis) but candida (yeast) infection of the vagina commonly occurs with a normal immune system. With vaginitis, get a gyn exam, as sexually transmitted infections (trichomonas, chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc...) and age (atrophic vaginitis) are other causes with different treatments. ...Read more

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Varicella zoster igg level 2339. What does it mean, a recent infection or general immune deficiency?

Not deficiency: This is a nice robust number even for total IgG suggesting a vigorous immune response. This could be post infection, post exposure, post immunization. ...Read more

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2 yr old chr sinus infection, md treated for GERD (no change), did blood work (negative ie immune deficiency and cf), saw allergist. Any thoughts?

2 yr old chr sinus infection,  md treated for GERD (no change), did blood work (negative ie immune deficiency and cf), saw allergist. Any thoughts?

Immune/allergy tests: Chronic sinusitis may be an indication that there is an immune problem. If other systems or organs are involved, then a pattern of the cultures will help the immunologist better determine the next step in the work up. It is important to confirm with your pediatrician that your child's growth is normal. I hope this helps. Prmg pediatrics/respiratory can review records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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What percentage of the U.S. population has an immune deficiency disease of some kind?

What percentage of the U.S. population has an immune deficiency disease of some kind?

>1 in 1200 household: A US nationwide survey of a sample of household, done by phone, estimated that 1 in 1200 household have a member with a primary immunodeficiency. The prevalence of HIV infection, the most common secondary immunodeficiency in the US is approx 4.5 per 1000 people. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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When can you first detect immune deficiency disorder? What age?

When can you first detect immune deficiency disorder? What age?

At birth, prenatal: In families with an affected member who has a gene defect, this gene can be tested prenatally. Newborn screen for t cell deficiencies has been implemented in 10 states. Studies of the immune system can be done at any age if there is an immune deficiency is suspected. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about primary immune deficiency and secondary immune deficiecy?

Could you tell me about primary immune deficiency and secondary immune deficiecy?

Genetic/acquired: The easiest way to describe the differences between primary (born with based on genetics or gene mutations) and secondary (associated with for example someone on chemo or any process or disease state that induces a malfunction in the immune response). Stress can actually cause a compromise of the immune system or severe diarrhea can cause antibodies to be lost resulting in secondary immune probs. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Javier Chinen
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Immune Deficiency (Definition)

Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the body's immune response ...Read more