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Immune System Deficiency

Immune System Deficiency

The immune system works tirelessly to defend your body from infection, but sometimes it doesn’t operate as it should. If you develop symptoms of an immune system deficiency, visit Mikael Sarij, MD, at Evolve Medical in Farmingdale on New York’s Long Island. He specializes in diagnosing and treating all forms of immune system deficiency, including AIDS and immune system cancers. To benefit from Dr. Sarij’s expertise, call Evolve Medical today or schedule a consultation using the online form.

 

What is immune system deficiency?

The immune system is responsible for fighting and preventing infections. This complex system of organs, cells, and proteins work together to protect your body from foreign bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, and more.

Most of the time, the immune system protects your body from threats and germs, but sometimes it can have a weaker response. This low activity is called immune system deficiency, and it makes you less able to fight off infections.

What causes immune system deficiency?

Immune system deficiency can result from illness or medications.

Certain disorders can weaken your immune system and compromise all or part of its ability to fight infections. Some examples of specific immune system disorders include:

  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) 
  • Chronic granulomatous disorder (CGD)
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) 
  • Immune system cancers
  • Multiple myeloma

Autoimmune diseases are one of the most common causes of immune system deficiency. This includes disorders such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).

What are the risk factors for immune system deficiency?

Immune system deficiency risk factors include:

  • Chronic Illness
  • Certain medications
  • Radiation therapy (rare)
  • Nutrition deficiency
  • Long term hospitalizations

While a weaker immune system is usually due to diseases, certain genetic disorders, and malnutrition, it can also temporarily result from radiation therapy and medications such as anticancer drugs.

How do you treat immune system deficiency?

Treatments for immune system deficiency focus on preventing infections, boosting your immune system, and treating the cause of your deficiency where possible.

If you have a disease like AIDS, an autoimmune disorder, or cancer, it’s vital to manage the condition properly. Evolve Medical can work with your specialist to ensure you get optimal care for your condition.

Some of the treatments that could help with immune system deficiency include:

  • Rapid and aggressive antibiotic treatment for infections
  • Long-term antibiotics
  • Immunoglobulin therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Biologics
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Gene therapy
  • Enzyme replacement therapy
  • Thymus transplantation

Your Evolve Medical provider selects the best treatments for you based on the nature of your condition and its effects on you.

To benefit from high-quality care for immune system deficiency, call Evolve Medical today or book an appointment online. 

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Evolve Medical
✆ Phone (appointments): 631-529-2008
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 631-253-1313
Address: 2080 Deer Park Avenue, , Deer Park, NY 11729