An immunodeficiency disorder occurs when the immune response is reduced or not present.
- Treatment for immunodeficiency disorders include protection against and treatment of diseases and infections.
- Patients who are immunocompromised should not have contact with people who have infections or contagious diseases.
- This includes avoidance of people who have received vaccination with live viruses within the past two weeks.
- Prolonged use of anti-microbials, such as antibiotics, can be used to treat ongoing infections.
- Interferon is used to treat viral infections and some cancers. AZT is used to treat Aids. They are both immuno-stimulant drugs. These drugs increase the efficiency of the immune system.
- People who have HIV and Aids may take combination drugs. This improves their immunity.
- Bone marrow transplants may be used as treatment for some immunodeficiency conditions.
- Passive immunity, the administering of antibodies produced by another person or an animal, may be used as treatment to prevent illness after being exposed to a micro-organism.
(Health24, updated March 2014)