Your immune system was designed to protect your body from harmful invaders. But, if your immune system is not functioning as it should, you may be more susceptible to viruses, diseases, and infections. One of the most common immune system diseases is called primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD).
A survey from the Immune Deficiency Foundation found that roughly 250,000 people have been diagnosed with PIDD. With roughly a quarter of a million people suffering from this type of disease, Dr. Brauer is ready and willing to help. While PIDD is life-threatening, it is also treatable. Consider the following symptoms and available treatments:
Frustratingly, it is common for primary care doctors to misdiagnose PIDD as a recurring infection and offer antibiotics as treatment. This causes people to live with this misdiagnosis for many years! This is why it’s so important to see an immunologist if you are suffering with any of the following symptoms:
- A family history of PIDD
- Autoimmune disease
- Multiple courses of antibiotics to clear infections
- Poor growth
- Recurrent deep abscesses of the organs or skin
- Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections, or sinusitis
- Recurrent, unusual, or difficult to treat infections
Whether you have one or all of the symptoms listed above, Dr. Brauer would love to meet with you, run tests to confirm or deny PIDD, and create a treatment plan for you.
Researchers estimate there are roughly 300 different types of PIDD. So, the treatment plan that Dr. Brauer creates will depend on the type of PIDD that is diagnosed. Treatment options range from preventative antibiotics to strategies to manage the disease, and more. It is not uncommon for people to live a full, thriving life even with an immune system disease diagnosis!