Immunology outpatient clinic

Immunology outpatient clinic

Immunology Clinic. Recurring infections and infestations, prolonged antibiotic therapies that do not have the desired effect, inadequate response to immunizations are just some of the signals that mean our immune system is not working properly. They are also an alert to see an immunologist as soon as possible.

Civilization's immune deficiency

It is most often referred to in countries where civilization is developing at a rapid pace. Although cleanliness and hygiene eliminate many dangerous diseases, but when the human immune system is formed in an environment where there are few bacteria and viruses it stops dealing with them. This is compounded by stress, outdoors, lack of exercise, overwork, and excessive use of stimulants.

Not insignificant for the immune system is the excessive use of medications, which, in case of infection, make the patient feel better and the patient can lead an active life. However, such treatment prevents the body from gathering strength to fight the disease. If there are complications in the form of inflammation, antibiotic therapy will be necessary. In turn, antibiotics also have a major impact on the immune system and so, among other things, an acquired immune deficiency develops.

Acquired immunity

It is usually the result of ongoing or past viral or bacterial infections. If it accompanies, for example, influenza or infectious mononucleosis, it is usually temporary.

In some situations, immune disorders are secondary. This is especially true for patients with systemic diseases, as a result of at least cancer. The most difficult form of this type of immune defect is that caused by the HIV virus.

There are many cases when the reason for the decline in immunity becomes treatment for other diseases. This happens in patients who receive immunosuppressive drugs, which reduce the number of immune cells or weaken their function. These drugs are used in patients with autoimmune diseases or after transplants. Also, an immune suppressive effect occurs during chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Congenital lack of immunity

It is usually revealed in the first weeks or months after birth. It can be caused by disorders of components of the immune system, such as antibodies or other substances important for resistance to infection. In this situation, it is necessary to implement immediate antibacterial and antifungal prophylaxis and undertake appropriate treatment.

For help to an immunologist

The task of the immunologist is to identify the cause of the immune disorder and undertake such treatment to "fix" the system. In this regard, he collaborates with other specialists - transplantologist, oncologist, gastrologist - depending on the reason for the defect in the immune system.

The immunologist also carries out prevention of infections through immunization of healthy people and those at risk. He deals with immunotherapy and immunostimulation, introducing therapeutic procedures based on immune mechanisms.

When making your first appointment with an immunologist, it is a good idea to prepare a summary of infections, their periods of occurrence, duration, as well as information on previous treatment, immunizations, adverse reactions to vaccination.

Immunology outpatient clinic - indications for consultation:

  • Several or more infections per year
  • sinus infections with a severe course
  • Antibiotic therapy lasting two months or more, with no improvement
  • Recurrent skin or organ abscesses
  • chronic mycosis of the mouth and skin
  • Severe infections, such as inflammation of the brain, bones, muscles, skin, also septicemia
  • intestinal diseases
  • systemic connective tissue diseases
  • diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs
  • abnormal results of biochemical and immunological tests
  • Patients in whom it is necessary to protect against infections

Consultations at the immunology clinic are conducted by Prof. Jacek Rolinski, MD - provincial consultant in clinical immunology.

The information contained in this article is for general information and educational purposes. They are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or other qualified health care professional for advice on your specific symptoms, ailments or condition.