Managing Immunodeficiency

Your immune system is a complex network of organs and cells that protects your body from many different types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Even cancer cells can find it difficult to get past the defenses of a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, immunodeficiency prevents your immune system from doing its job.

The board-certified immunologists at Premier Allergy & Asthma, with 10 locations to choose from, help individuals across Ohio manage immunodeficiency. Read what this talented team of experts has to say about how immunodeficiency affects your health and how the condition is treated.  

Understanding immunodeficiency

Your immune system includes the spleen, tonsils, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. This intricate system functions as a powerful defense team for your body, producing white blood cells that attack the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that exist naturally in the environment but are harmful to your health.

White blood cells include B cells and T cells. Your B cells produce powerful chemicals called antibodies that target and attack specific infections or diseases. T cells destroy abnormal cells, like those associated with cancer.

Immunodeficiency disorders affect the overall function or quantity of white blood cells within your immune system. This disrupts your ability to fight off microscopic invaders.

What causes immunodeficiency?

Immunodeficiency disorders are classified as primary (those you are born with) or secondary (those linked to other conditions).

There are more than 100 primary immunodeficiency disorders, including:

Primary immunodeficiency disorders are quite rare and typically diagnosed in early infancy or childhood. Interestingly, primary immunodeficiency disorders are more common in males than females.

Secondary immunodeficiency disorders are linked to conditions you acquire, such as:

Severe burns as well as chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can also cause immunodeficiency. 

Treatments for autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, which are designed to suppress an overactive immune system, can also compromise your immune system’s ability to fight off infection.  

Managing immunodeficiency

There is much we can do here at Premier Allergy & Asthma to help prevent an immunodeficiency disorder from affecting your quality of life.

Treatment goals include:

Depending on the nature and severity of your immunodeficiency, your provider may develop a treatment strategy that includes:

We also provide education regarding simple steps you can take to help avoid exposure to viral or bacterial infections as well as information regarding physical activity and other healthy habits that support your overall health.

Schedule a visit at Premier Allergy & Asthma today for an evaluation and effective treatment for immunodeficiency. Give the office nearest you a call, or request an appointment online.

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