Primary Immunodeficiencies

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Primary immunodeficiencies are disorders in which part of the bodys immune system is missing or does not function properly. Dr. Edward Hill describes some of the signs of these genetic deficiencies in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A primary immunodeficiency is a genetic problem with the immune system. The immune system protects the body against infection and fights infection.

People who have a primary immunodeficiency disorder get infections easily. The infections tend to come back often and are hard to cure.

There are more than 80 different kinds of primary immunodeficiency disorders. Warning signs for primary immunodeficiency include:

Eight or more ear infections in one year

Two or more serious sinus infections in one year

An infection that does not get better even after two or more months of antibiotic therapy

Deep skin or organ abscesses that keep coming back

After the age of one year, hard-to cure thrush in the mouth or elsewhere on the skin

Need for intravenous antibiotic treatment to clear infections

Two or more serious infections deep below the skin

A family history of primary immunodeficiency

Talk to your doctor if you or your child has more than one of these warning signs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.