What Is An Immunodeficiency?

The human body really is a very amazing system that is designed to have the ability to fight off infections and to develop a natural ability to better protect itself the next time the same pathogen attacks. However, some people do not have the ability to effectively protect their bodies, and this is known as an immunodeficiency.

There are two different ways that people can develop an immunodeficiency. A primary immunodeficiency is an inherited condition or a condition that is present at birth. It is also possible that the condition develops later in life, which is actually more common, and is known as an acquired secondary disorder.

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDD)

There are over 150 different types of PIDDs that can include issues with chronic and repeating infections, children that fail to grow and develop normally, chronic ear, nose and respiratory infections, chronic issues with swollen lymph glands and diagnosis of autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune disease can include Type 1 diabetes, Grave’s disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma to name just a few.

The positive news for patients in Charlotte, NC is that there are new treatment options for PIDDs that can be extremely effective in both treatment of the condition and prevention of further infections.

Treatment of PIDD and autoimmune conditions will be based on the specific symptoms and diagnosis of the patient. Generally treatment will include the use of antibiotics and therapies to help to support the body’s natural production of antibodies.

Secondary Immunodeficiency Disorders and Diseases

Exposure to pathogens can results in the destruction of various components of the immune system, creating an immune deficiency. This is seen in some types of cancers, including leukemia, as well as with the exposure to HIV and the development of AIDS. Other diseases such as viral Hepatitis and multiple myeloma can also cause the immune system to fail.

Other factors that can contribute to the risk of developing a secondary immunodeficiency in Charlotte, NC include diseases of the liver and spleen, poor diet, chronic sleep problems and some types of cancer-fighting treatments.