Updated 31 March 2014

Treatment of immunodeficiency

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

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)



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