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Is Frequent Throat Infections Suggestive Of A Minor Immune Deficiency
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
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
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
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
Varicella zoster igg level 2339. What does it mean, a recent infection or general immune deficiency?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various tests: Lab tests for igg/iga is one test that can detect an immune deficiency, but there are many immune deficiencies which exist, many of which cannot be detected with an igg/iga alone. See an immunologist for an immune evaluation if you have many frequent serious infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's complicated : The best way for you (as a friend) to help someone with an immune deficiency is to help them find an immunologist who treats these disorders. What we do for the patients is to manage their infections as quickly as possible, try to identify which immune abnormality they have, and sometimes treat them with antibody replacement (ivig), gene therapy or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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