Primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) is a disease that negatively affects the immune system. Genetic mutations or abnormal genes cause the immune system to work improperly, which prevents a patient’s body from fighting off infections, viruses, and other invaders as well as it should.
For some, PIDD can lead to life-threatening illnesses. Although PIDD can be challenging to recognize, specialists like Dr. Jeffrey Langford can accurately diagnose PIDD and help patients develop a successful, individualized treatment plan.
Primary Immunodeficiency Can Develop at Any Age
PIDD is rare and tends to affect those who inherit mutated genes from their parents. But even though some patients are genetically predisposed to develop PIDD, genetic abnormalities can create PIDD in anyone at any point in life, regardless of the patient’s medical history.
Primary Immunodeficiency Can Vary in Severity
Some patients with PIDD experience such mild symptoms that they do not realize they have this condition until adulthood. Other patients may receive a diagnosis in infancy because of the severity of their symptoms.
Signs of Primary Immunodeficiency
PIDD commonly presents as chronic infections, such as:
- Ear infections
- Sinus infections
- Skin infections
Typically, these infections are, difficult to treat and last longer than they should.
Additional symptoms of PIDD include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Blood disorders
- Chronic diarrhea
- Digestive issues
- Enlarged spleen
- Growth or weight gain difficulties in childhood
- Swollen lymph glands
How to Treat Primary Immunodeficiency
While there is no cure for PIDD, patients can help treat their condition in several ways.
It is essential to help avoid infections by caring for yourself in ways that include:
- Avoiding others who are currently sick
- Frequent hand washing
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Plenty of rest
- Receiving physician-approved vaccines (some PIDD patients cannot receive live vaccines)
- Regular dental care
Not all treatments are fit for all PIDD patients, but treatment options can include:
- Gene therapy
Do you suspect you suffer from primary immunodeficiency? Talk to Langford Allergy.
Dr. Langford and our team specialize in diagnosing and treating immune deficiencies like PIDD. We will accurately diagnose your condition and begin a treatment plan to help you achieve successful outcomes with your health. Schedule an appointment with us today: 478-787-4728