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Immunodeficiency Specialist

Victory Medical Clinic -  - Internal Medicine

Victory Medical Clinic

Internal Medicine located in Hackettstown, NJ & East Orange, NJ

If you’ve been diagnosed with a primary immune disorder, immune system support can ease uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. The caring providers at Victory Medical Clinic in Hackettstown and East Orange, New Jersey, proudly offer a range of immune system support services to promote their patients’ well-being and vitality. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Immunodeficiency Q & A

What is primary immunodeficiency?

Primary immunodeficiency is an umbrella term used to describe a group of conditions that weaken your immune system, increasing your risk of infections and other more serious health problems. 

Primary immunodeficiency affects everyone differently. Sometimes, symptoms develop during infancy or early childhood. Other times, they don’t appear until adolescence or middle age. 

No matter the type of primary immunodeficiency you have, managing the condition matters. Without proper treatment, you run the risk of complications, including hospitalization and/or death. 

What are the symptoms of primary immunodeficiency?

The symptoms of primary immunodeficiency vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause. Common telltale signs include:

  • Frequent or recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, or sinus infections
  • Inflammation
  • Infection of internal organs
  • Blood disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Delayed growth
  • Delayed development

If you have primary immunodeficiency you’re also more likely to develop autoimmune disorders such as lupus, Type 1 diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.

What can I do to limit my risk of infection and other complications?

If you have primary immunodeficiency, there are several ways to lower your risk of complications. The team at Victory Medical Clinic recommends:

  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Staying physically active
  • Managing stress
  • Getting plenty of sleep

It’s also important to avoid exposure to people who are sick and to update your immunizations regularly. 

How is immunodeficiency diagnosed?

The team at Victory Medical Clinic diagnoses immunodeficiency via laboratory tests and prenatal screening. 

If you’re experiencing immune-related health problems, your doctor might recommend a blood test to monitor your infection-fighting proteins (immunoglobulins). Abnormal amounts of certain cells can indicate a problem.

If you have a family history of immunodeficiency and you’re pregnant, a prenatal test can determine your baby’s risk of the same and/or other health problems. Prenatal testing is noninvasive. Your doctor might recommend testing your blood or placenta.

What is immune system support?

Immune system support is a group of treatments designed to:

  • Prevent infections
  • Treat infections
  • Boost the immune system
  • Treat the underlying cause of an immune problem

The caring providers at Victory Medical Clinic tailor immune system support to each individual’s unique needs. 

Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, the team might recommend immunoglobulin therapy, interferon-gamma therapy, or regenerative medicine treatments using growth factors. 

To request your immune system support consultation at Victory Medical Clinic today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.