Immune Deficiency and Recurrent Infections

If you suffer from frequent, recurrent infections, you may have an Immune Deficiency. This means that your body’s immune system cannot fight off infection. The symptoms of Immune Deficiency often mimic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema. That is why the Board Certified Allergists/Immunologists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists have advanced training in diagnosing Immune Deficiencies.

Symptoms of Immune Deficiency include:

  • Pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis more than 3 times per year
  • Multiple courses of antibiotics necessary to clear infections
  • Poor growth or weight loss
  •  Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen
  • Chronic rashes and diarrhea
  • A family history of Immune Deficiency

Examination

Your examination at A&AS for Immune Deficiency will include a detailed medical history, an extensive review of the conditions of your everyday living environment, a physical examination and, if appropriate, a panel of skin tests for the appropriate allergens.

Within 20 minutes, skin testing results will reveal if allergens may be causing the infections. Lab work may also be ordered to evaluate the levels of immune components in your blood.  

Treatment plans for Immune Deficiency may include:

  • Treatment of conditions which may predispose you to infection, such as allergic rhinitis.
  • Appropriate use of antibiotics
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Immunological Replacement – The physicians of A&AS provide gammaglobulin replacement therapy in the office and supervise home administration.