When you suffer from immune deficiency, your immune system is weakened, making you more susceptible to infections and other health issues.
Immune deficiency may be so mild that it goes unnoticed for a number of years, or it may be severe enough that it’s apparent at birth. Regardless of the severity of your or your child’s immune deficiency, our specialists at the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles are able to boost the immune system, making it possible to lead a full and normal life without any major complications.
Symptoms & Risks
The main symptom of immune deficiency is being more susceptible to infection than the average individual. For example, your infections may be persistent, frequent and difficult to treat, or you may suffer from infections that healthy immune systems are able to fight off.
Because immune deficiency disorders can lead to serious recurrent infections, damage to the internal organs, an increased risk of cancer and autoimmune disorders, early diagnosis and intervention is critical. If you suspect you or your child suffers from this condition, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible to obtain a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment.
What causes immune deficiency?
The vast majority of immune deficiency disorders are inherited, when problems in the DNA cause defects in the child’s immune system. In other cases, you may develop immune deficiency due to certain viruses or conditions that weaken the body, preventing the affected cells from functioning normally. It’s also possible to develop immune deficiency due to poor nutrition, drugs and other diseases.
How is immune deficiency diagnosed?
Successful treatment of immune deficiency disorders begins with a definitive diagnosis – something our specialists are vastly experienced in providing. To begin the diagnostic process, we will collect detailed information about your medical and family histories, as well as perform a full examination. We may also order a blood test, which can indicate whether or not your immune system is working properly, as well as more sophisticated tests that can measure the function or ability of your cells to fight infections.
How is immune deficiency treated?
Our specialists’ approach to treating immune deficiency focuses on both managing infections and boosting the immune system. To begin, we will treat any infections with rounds of powerful antibiotics. We will then prevent future infections from occurring and further damaging the body by administering long-term antibiotic therapy.
To boost an immune system that functions improperly, there are a number of very effective options available. For example, through a process called immune globulin therapy, we are able to administer the precise antibodies your body needs to stay healthy and fight infections. This can be done via subcutaneous injections a couple of times a week or intravenous infusions once a month. We may also recommend growth factors to strengthen your white blood cells and gamma interferon therapy to help your body fight viruses. We will also work with you to boost your immune system through non-medical means, by promoting optimal nutrition, exercise and mental health.
If the immune system is not functioning at all, immune boosting efforts won’t be helpful. In these cases, the cells will need to be replaced with a bone marrow transplant. During your appointments at the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles, we will work closely with you to determine which blend of treatment options will most effectively resolve you or your child’s immune deficiency disorder and restore your overall health.
If you or your child suffers from an immune deficiency disorder, know that relief is possible with among the best immune deficiency treatment Los Angeles has available at the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment, and let us help you prevent future infections and get your condition under control.Contact Us