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Immunodeficiency Specialist

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Alliance, Fort Worth, TX & Southlake, TX

Immunodeficiency occurs when your body’s immune system can’t properly protect you from dangers in your environment. Immunodeficiency takes many forms, but it can put you at increased risk for serious infections and other health conditions. For expert immunodeficiency diagnosis and personalized treatment options, it’s time to meet the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. Book a consultation for immunodeficiency online or on the phone.

Immunodeficiency Q & A

What is immunodeficiency?

Your immune system is made up of cells and proteins that protect you from getting sick. It identifies germs that enter your body and fights them to keep you healthy. If your immune system is compromised, it can’t adequately protect you from foreign substances.

Immunodeficiency occurs when your immune system is weakened or compromised. There are more than 300 kinds of immunodeficiency, but they are all similar. If you have immunodeficiency, it’s easier for you to develop infections and other health conditions, and many infections are more difficult to get rid of.

Most people with immunodeficiency are born with incomplete immune systems, but the severity of immunodeficiency can vary. Some people have mild immunodeficiencies that go unnoticed for years, while other cases are identified shortly after birth.

What are the symptoms of immunodeficiency?

The leading symptom of immunodeficiency is frequent and serious infections. People with immunodeficiency generally get sick more often than people with healthy immune systems, and the illnesses last longer.

Common recurring infections that may indicate immunodeficiency include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Meningitis
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Skin infections

Other signs of immunodeficiency may be:

  • Inflammation of internal organs
  • Blood disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Delayed growth and development

Recurring, severe infections are often a sign of immunodeficiency. If you or a family member shows signs of immunodeficiency, the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates can help. 

How is immunodeficiency managed?

Immunodeficiency is a chronic condition that can’t be cured. But treatment can help prevent infections and help you live a more normal life.

Depending on your specific type of immunodeficiency, your allergist works with you to coordinate a treatment plan. Treatment is focused on strengthening your immune system and may include antibiotics, immunoglobulin replacement, or bone marrow transplant.

Lifestyle changes, such as practicing good hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress can help prevent infections. Avoiding people who are sick and staying out of crowded places can limit your exposure to bacteria that can make you sick.

With the right immunodeficiency treatment, it’s possible to live a healthy, active life. Learn more by requesting an appointment online or calling the office location nearest you today.