Immunodeficiency Specialist

Feryal Hajee, MD -  - Allergist

Metropolitan Asthma & Allergy

Feryal Hajee, MD

Allergist & Immunologist located in Little Silver, NJ

Despite there being close to 300 different primary immunodeficiency diseases, only around 500,000 people in the United States have one. They’re rare and incurable; however, in the right hands, the symptoms are treatable. Allergist Feryal Hajee, MD, at Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy in Little Silver, New Jersey, has nearly years of experience treating patients for primary immunodeficiency diseases. Do you have frequent infections? Schedule a consultation through the online booking system, or call the practice.

Immunodeficiency Q&A

What is immunodeficiency?

Someone with an immunodeficiency is missing essential blood proteins. They can’t fight infection and illness because part of their immune system is missing or working improperly. There are two types of immunodeficiency: primary and secondary. Primary is an immunodeficiency you’re born with; secondary is one you acquire.

Dr. Hajee is an expert allergist with extensive training in primary immunodeficiency. If you’re tired of fighting infections, such as sinusitis and bronchitis, schedule a consultation over the phone or through the website today.

What are common primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs)?

There are over 200 different PIDDs, and immunologists break them down into three categories: IgA Deficiency, Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), and Specific Antibody Deficiency (SAD).  

IgA Deficiency

IgA deficiency is the most common PIDD. IgA stands for Immunoglobulin A, which is the blood protein that protects against infections in the digestive tract, the airways, and the membranes lining the mouth. People with IgA will often have gastrointestinal issues, asthma, and allergies.

Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID)

People with CVID have low levels of infection-fighting proteins, which leads to recurring ear, sinus, and respiratory infections. They also have a higher risk of developing cancer, blood disorders, and digestive disorders.

Specific Antibody Deficiency (SAD)

When someone has SAD, they produce all antibodies except one: IgG. IgG protects the body against upper and lower respiratory infections. People with SAD often have frequent episodes of sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear infection.

If you or your child suffer from any of these symptoms or have had a pneumonia diagnosis more than once in the last 10 years, you might have an immunodeficiency. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hajee today, and tackle the root cause of the problem. 

How do you treat immunodeficiency?

Conventional treatments for immunodeficiency include hyper vaccinating, immunoglobulin replacement therapy, and prophylactic antibiotics. Hyper vaccination is dosing a patient with more antibodies than they need to fight infection. Immunoglobulin replacement therapy is an ongoing treatment that lasts for three to four weeks. A doctor may also give prophylactic antibiotics to a patient ahead of them developing an infection, similar to those given before surgery.

You can’t cure an immune system disorder, but with careful management, you can control the symptoms. Metropolitan Asthma and Allergy offers you comprehensive treatments to treat the body at the root cause. Call today, or visit the website to book a consultation.