Your immune system is a complex and intriguing network of cells, tissues, and organs. They all work together to protect the body from invaders. But, if the immune system isn’t functioning correctly, an immunologic deficiency may occur. Keep reading to discover several answers to frequently asked questions about immunologic deficiencies.
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FAQ: How do I know if I have an immunologic deficiency?
Immunologic deficiencies can be difficult to diagnose to the untrained eye. Dr. Langford and all the Langford Allergy providers have extensive experience and knowledge concerning what to look for while diagnosing immunologic deficiencies. It’s imperative to make an appointment with an allergist, as immunologic deficiencies can be life-threatening.
FAQ: What are the symptoms of an immunologic deficiency?
Immunologic deficiencies can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can disguise themselves as symptoms of a different issue or condition. It’s important to know that both children and adults can develop an immunologic deficiency such as primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD). According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the following are the most common symptoms of an immunologic deficiency:
- 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
FAQ: What treatment is available at Langford Allergy?
Your Langford Allergy doctor will determine the underlying cause of your immunologic deficiency, then discuss what treatment plan would be best. For example, if recurrent infections are causing your immune system to plummet, your allergist will provide ways to treat the infection and provide ways to prevent future infections.