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Updated 31 March 2014

Treatment of immunodeficiency

An immunodeficiency disorder occurs when the immune response is reduced or not present.

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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)

Sources: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

 
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