Common Causes of Immunodeficiency

When most people think of immunodeficiency, they think of HIV or AIDS. However, there are many different causes of immunodeficiency. Worldwide, the most common causes are HIV, malnutrition, and unsanitary conditions. However, about one in 500 patients has an innate or primary immunodeficiency. Here are the most common culprits.

Autoimmune Disorders

There are several different autoimmune disorders that weaken the immune system. These conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psoriasis

As you can see, some of the autoimmune disorders involve the body attacking itself. However, these conditions can also cause the immune system to be less effective, resulting in immunodeficiency.

Acquired Immunodeficiencies

There are many  more causes of immunodeficiency that are acquired, meaning that the immunodeficiency is the result of another condition. These acquired immunodeficiencies are most commonly linked to:

  • Malnutrition
  • Stress after surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer of the lymph nodes
  • Anesthesia influences
  • Chronic viral infections

When these conditions cause an immunodeficiency, the first step is to seek treatment for the condition that caused the immune disorder. After this has been accomplished, you still need to treat the immunodeficiency to ensure that your body is able to fight off infections and viruses.

Getting Help

If you have an immunodeficiency disorder, you need to make sure that you are getting the appropriate treatment so that your body is able to fight off infection and viruses effectively. Especially in light of the recent news of the latest coronavirus, the most recent flu season, and other hazards, it is important to make sure that your immune system is functioning as normally as possible.

In addition to treating allergies, we also help you control and manage immunodeficiency. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.