The immunology specialists at UPMC in central Pa. evaluate and treat primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders in children and adults.
If you have symptoms of an immunodeficiency disorder, the immunology specialists at UPMC in central Pa. will conduct a complete evaluation to find out more about how well your immune system is working. We offer a full range of tests and treatments for immunodeficiency disorders, including:
An immunodeficiency disorder occurs when your immune system does not work properly and is unable to fight off bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, or parasites. There are two types of immunodeficiency disorders:
There are many types of immunodeficiency disorders, and each disorder has unique symptoms. However, if you have a viral or bacterial infection — such as a cold, pink eye, pneumonia, a sinus infection, or a yeast infection — that doesn’t respond to treatment, comes back frequently, or never completely goes away, it could be a sign of an immunodeficiency disorder.
If you have a family history of a primary immunodeficiency disorder, it may put you at a higher risk for an immunodeficiency disorder. Exposure to things that weaken your immune system — such as HIV, malnutrition, or medications to treat cancer — can put you at a higher risk for developing a secondary immunodeficiency disorder.
There is nothing you can do to prevent a primary immunodeficiency disorder. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing a secondary immunodeficiency disorder by supporting your immune system with plenty of sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet, and limiting your exposure to infections as much as possible.
UPMC Allergy and Immunology
Located at UPMC Outpatient Center
21 Waterford Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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