Do you or someone you know seem to stay sick? Does a three day cold last three weeks? Do you have recurrent ear infections or sinus infections? Have you had multiple bouts of pneumonia or other serious infections? Do you have extreme fatigue, vague abdominal pains, or frequent diarrhea? These can all be symptoms of a primary immune deficiency (PID).
Some of the most recent data suggest that 1 in 500 people have some type of PID. It was often though this was an area that concerned only children because it was assumed if not caught early in life these individuals would surely succumb to some deadly infection. We are now finding that many adults can progress into older age with this but have suffered a lifetime of being sick more often than not.
It is important to find out if someone is suffering from a primary immune deficiency and initiate appropriate treatment. It can take a while to figure this out as allergies or anatomical differences can predispose persons to infection more easily as well. Appropriate treatment can make a huge difference in these peoples lives.