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A Look Inside Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

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Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDD) encompass 300+ diseases that are caused by the immune system not functioning properly. An ill-functioning immune system will lead to recurrent infections and compromised health. It’s important to understand PIDD and how we can help! Consider these FAQs:

Are primary immunodeficiency diseases rare?

Primary immunodeficiency diseases may seem rare, but they are more common than you may think. The reason why they are not discussed at length is because PIDD can often disguise itself as other health conditions such as reoccurring infections, pneumonia, or sinusitis.

Are infections a tell-tale sign of PIDD?

If you suffer from severe infections that are reoccurring or difficult to cure, it may be a sign that PIDD is present. Your reoccurring or seemingly incurable infections may be directly linked to the deficiency in your immune system. If your immune system is not functioning at optimal levels, it cannot effectively fight the infections. Also, it’s important to note that not all infections are a sign of PIDD – reoccurring ear and sinus infections are the most common.

If I have PIDD, do I need to isolate myself from public activities?

We understand that a primary immunodeficiency disease can be overwhelming. However, with the right management and treatment of your disease, you can make powerful, educated decisions to live in freedom. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a primary immunodeficiency disease, make an appointment today with one of our team members. Symptoms include:

  • A family history of PIDD
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Multiple courses of antibiotics or IV antibiotics necessary to clear infections
  • Poor growth or loss of weight
  • Recurrent deep abscesses of the organs or skin
  • Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis
  • Recurrent, unusual or difficult to treat infections
  • Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen

Can adults have primary immunodeficiency diseases and not know it?

Yes, adults and children alike can suffer from PIDD. Severe cases may provide the opportunity for the disease to be caught early while the child is still young. However, it’s not uncommon for people to find out when they are in their 20’s or 30’s that they have PIDD due to the disguised symptoms and misdiagnoses. Don’t wait another day to seek an accurate diagnosis for your health condition; call us: 478-787-4728.

The Langford Allergy team can help manage your primary immunodeficiency disease. Contact us today.