What Are IgG Deficiencies?
Immunoglobulins, or antibodies, are created by B cells and plasma cells to attack and fight off bacteria, viruses, and other germs when the body feels under attack. There are four types of these antibodies, Immunoglobulin A, Immunoglobulin G, Immunoglobulin M, and Immunoglobulin. The most common is Immunoglobulin G (IgG), responsible for fighting infections in the body. A deficiency is categorized by the body’s inability to produce IgG.
As of now, the cause of an IgG deficiency is unknown, but genetics may play a role. Also, certain medications and conditions can lead to the deficiency.
Treatment for IgG Deficiency
A blood test will show IgG levels in the body to determine if you have the deficiency. If the immune system doesn’t produce IgG, your body is more susceptible to infection. Treatment for this deficiency is absolutely crucial to your health. The professionals at Langford Allergy will determine the best treatment plan for you based on the level of deficiency and the symptoms you suffer from. We’ll either choose a monthly IV treatment or weekly supplement to take. This will reduce the risk of infection substantially.
Symptoms of an IgG Deficiency
Infections that most often affect people with IgG deficiency are:
- Ear infections
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Infections that result in a sore throat
- Sinus infections and other respiratory infections
Frequently Asked Questions About IgG Deficiencies
- How is an IgG deficiency treated? The deficiency is treated by a monthly IV treatment of weekly supplement.
- When should I see a doctor? If you’ve already been diagnosed, visit your doctor at the first sign of an infection coming on.
- How do I decide on a treatment plan? We’ll decide on a treatment plan based on how bad your symptoms and the infections are while also taking into account the health of your immune system.