Your immune system functions as the body’s first line of defense against infectious diseases brought on by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. This system aids in detecting and eliminating foreign pathogens but may have trouble doing so when it is not working properly.
Medications and illnesses are the most frequent causes of immune system suppression; however, there are a number of genetic defects that prevent the immune system from working properly. These primary Immune deficiencies (PIDD) are present from birth and affect about 500,000 Americans.
If the immune system is not working properly, it can lead to several different types of disorders, such as allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, or immune deficiency. Immune deficiencies lead to an abnormally low resistance to infection. The infections can occur in any part of the body and may be caused by unusual pathogens. Infections may recur frequently or not respond to typical treatment and be more severe than usual.
Allergy Partners offers a range of tests to diagnose immune deficiencies. The first step in detecting an immunological deficit is a thorough review of medical history and a physical exam. Depending on your clinical history, laboratory testing may also be advised to measure various immune system components.
In some cases, genetic testing may be recommended to identify inherited immune issues. At Allergy Partners, we work with you to develop an individualized plan for diagnosing and managing your condition.
Four Steps to Relief
Planning Your First Visit
Schedule an appointment at your local office and fill out our pre-registration and medical history forms to help minimize any wait time when you arrive.
Your First Visit
Your initial visit will last between two and three hours and consist of an initial consultation, evaluation, and comprehensive exam. We’ll create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Diagnostics and Testing
We may complete one or more tests to better understand the cause of your symptoms. Common tests include skin testing, pulmonary testing, and blood testing.
Following the evaluation and testing, we’ll provide a comprehensive diagnosis and implement a personalized treatment plan that will deliver relief.
Fortunately, with the right medical attention, many people with immune deficiencies lead comfortable and confident lives.
The treatment options for immune deficiencies are specific for each condition.
We may recommend the following general lifestyle changes as an initial course of action:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Decreasing stress
- Increasing sleep
- Practicing proper hygiene
Depending on the illness or condition causing your immunodeficiency, specific treatments including rotating antibiotic regimens, intravenous immunoglobulin, or a granulocyte-colony stimulating factor may also be prescribed.
The Allergy Partners Difference
Our allergists and immunologists at Allergy Partners are highly experienced and trained in the areas of immune dysfunction and deficiency. We utilize evidence-based methods and state-of-the-art technology to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs.
If you or a loved one is struggling with immunodeficiency, please reach out to Allergy Partners today. Our goal is to help you manage symptoms to live more comfortably.