Immunodeficiency Disorders, Symptoms, and Diagnoses
Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID)
SCID is a genetic condition that causes severe impairment in a number of areas in the immune system. It prevents the body from fighting off life-threatening infections, and can put young children and babies at risk if their bodies are unable to completely protect them.
Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders
This type of disorder is part of a group of rare chronic disorders that involve missing or improper functions in the body’s immune system. They are not contagious, but they can affect anyone at any age, and are typically caused by genetic defects. The types of diseases in this category are all different, but the one thing they have in common is that they result from a defect in the immune system. Some things that you should be on the lookout for include infections that are:
Severe – requiring a hospitalization or IV antibiotics
Persistent – never completely disappears
Unusual – caused by an uncommon organism
Recurring – continually resurfaces
Secondary Immunodeficiency Disorders
If your immune system has been compromised due to environmental factors, then you are more susceptible to contracting a secondary immunodeficiency disorder. Examples of these factors include HIV, chemotherapy, severe burns, and malnutrition. The treatment of these disorders will depend on the severity of the deficiency within the immune system.
At The Asthma and Allergy Center of Corpus Christi, we are proud to offer the knowledge, experience, and state-of-the-art technology that you need to receive an accurate diagnosis of your immune deficiency and appropriate treatment for the symptoms. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.