Experts at Children’s provide comprehensive care for a broad spectrum of immunologic disorders and work with you and your child to improve quality of life.
Why Children's Health℠?
The physicians who practice at Children’s Health are expert at assessing and treating children with these and many other immunologic disorders. They are board-certified not only in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics but also in allergy and immunology by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. With their extensive training, they are thoroughly prepared to provide specialized treatment of pediatric patients, even those who are difficult to diagnose. They work alongside a clinical nurse specialist, clinical pharmacist, respiratory therapist, nutritionist, and a social worker to address all your child’s needs and help manage all aspects of the condition.
No matter what type of immunologic disorder your child may have, the staff at Children’s collaborates to empower you and your child with education so you can understand the condition, adjust to the diagnosis, and improve quality of life. To learn more about how we can help your child, call for an appointment: 214-456- 2084.
The Immune System
The immune system is the body’s gatekeeper, designed to attack and repel harmful organisms from invading and doing damage. It’s made up of cells, tissues, proteins and organs that work together to fight off microorganisms such as fungi, viruses, parasites and bacteria.
Two types of leukocytes—phagocytes and lymphocytes—are white blood cells that hunt and attack substances that cause disease. These cells are made or stored in many different places in the body in lymphoid organs and tissues, including lymph nodes, the spleen, and bone marrow. Lymphatic and blood vessels carry leukocytes throughout the body to provide immunity—or guard against threats.
Immune System Disorders
When the components of the immune system work properly, they defend the body against invaders and keep us healthy. But when they go awry, a number of infections and illness can result.
The immune system may malfunction for a variety of reasons and in a number of ways. A child may:
- Have been born with a weak immune system - That’s called a primary immune deficiency. An example is a disorder widely known as “bubble boy disease”—severe combined immunodeficiency. Children with this illness do not have key white blood cells that protect them from fungi, viruses and bacteria.
- Get a disease that weakens the immune system - This is known as acquired immune deficiency. HIV is an example of an acquired viral infection. Acquired deficiencies may also be temporary, caused by the use of certain medications to treat illnesses or by infections such as the flu or measles.
- Have an over-active immune system - This can result in allergic reactions such as rhinitis, eczema and asthma, which occur when the immune system takes aim unnecessarily against a harmless substance it perceives as a hazard.
- Have an immune system that turns against the body for no known reason - In such cases, and in a manner similar to that which occurs with allergies, the body attacks healthy tissues. Among the most common of a large number of these conditions, called autoimmune disorders, are juvenile diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Immunology is the branch of medicine that concerns the immune system. Immunologists assess and treat disorders that occur when the immune system malfunctions. These include allergies and related conditions as well as autoimmune diseases, primary immune deficiency disorders and acquired deficiency disorders.