An immune deficiency means your body’s immune system isn’t working like it should, making you more susceptible to illness and infections. You may be born with an immune deficiency or it may develop from an environmental factor. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., immunology experts Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of immune deficiencies. For patient-focused care from an experienced team, call the office in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler, Arizona, or request an appointment online today.
Your immune system produces chemicals that protect you from harmful substances, such as bacteria and viruses. With an immune deficiency, your immune system isn’t able to protect your body from harm, increasing your risk of infection and illness.
An immune deficiency is either:
A primary immune deficiency refers to genetic disorders that affect the normal immune system function. A person is born with a primary immune deficiency. There are more than 200 known disorders.
If an environmental factor weakens your immune system then you have a secondary immune deficiency. Factors that may cause a secondary immune deficiency include malnutrition, severe burns, or exposure to HIV.
Signs and symptoms of an immune deficiency depend on the underlying cause. However, if your immune system isn’t working as well as it should, you may experience frequent:
An immune deficiency may also make you more susceptible to infections that require hospitalization or result in life-threatening symptoms such as respiratory failure.
The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. takes a patient-focused approach to care and conducts comprehensive evaluations to truly understand what’s happening in your body.
All new patient appointments at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. take 2-3 hours. During your initial consultation, your specialist wants to know as much about you and your health, including when your symptoms started and conditions that made them worse.
To confirm or rule out an immune deficiency, the team runs various tests to measure your white blood cell count and T-cell count, as well as your immunoglobulin levels. They may also perform an antibody test to assess how well your immune system reacts to a vaccine.
Treatment for an immune deficiency depends on the underlying cause. The experts at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. create individualized treatment plans aimed at protecting you from developing a serious infection.
In addition to disease-specific medication, your immune deficiency treatment plan may include antibiotics, anti-viral medication, or immunoglobulin therapy.
They also spend time talking to you about how to protect yourself from getting sick.
To schedule an appointment with the compassionate team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., call the office nearest you or book online today.