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IGA issues

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  • Posted By: clare1157
  • August 15, 2007
  • 01:41 AM

My 2 year old son has now had 4 different test for an IgA Deficancy all with different results. The first test in April showed extreamly low levels of IgA (<4). The next test in May showed an IgA level of 200 (extreamly high). The next test in June showed a level of 24, and his last test Monday showed a "low IgA level" according to the doctor. So he has to have another test next month to either confirm or not the IgA deficancy diagnosis. He also has a history of antibiotic allergies. If anybody knows what could be causing the extream variances in the IgA levels, please let me know. His doctors just keep saying "It's strange, will restest him in a month." Thanks!!

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  • What health concerns are caused by low IGA? I have had this all my life (I'm 40 now), but no doctor has told me much about what it means. I do have a number of environmental allergies--pets, trees, dust mites--but no problems that have been out of the ordinary. Overall, I'm in very good health.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2007
    • 01:48 AM
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  • There is an issue called Selective IgA Deficiency. From what I have been told (I am not a Dr.) this disorder can make some people more prone to infections especially in the areas that have mucus linings (nose, respitory system, stomach and lungs). My son's doctor told me that many people don't even know that they have an issue because there symptoms are not that severe. According to my son's doctor, there is no treatment to increase IgA levels, but in some people doctors will prescribe medications if close family members/friends have certain illnesses (strep throat, etc.). There are a lot of websites that can give you more information on Selective IgA Deficiency, www.info4pi.org is one, but if you go to any search engine you can get info on it.
    clare1157 1 Replies
    • August 25, 2007
    • 02:34 AM
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  • There is an issue called Selective IgA Deficiency. From what I have been told (I am not a Dr.) this disorder can make some people more prone to infections especially in the areas that have mucus linings (nose, respitory system, stomach and lungs). My son's doctor told me that many people don't even know that they have an issue because there symptoms are not that severe. According to my son's doctor, there is no treatment to increase IgA levels, but in some people doctors will prescribe medications if close family members/friends have certain illnesses (strep throat, etc.). There are a lot of websites that can give you more information on Selective IgA Deficiency, www.info4pi.org is one, but if you go to any search engine you can get info on it.Thanks for answering my question. Funny, I've known for many years that I had low IgA, but never made a connection with it meaning anything until now. It makes sense because as a child, I had many more infections (throat, lungs, sinus) than the average kid. As I've grown older, I seem to have had fewer and fewer of that kind of thing. Eatng a healthy diet (including Vitamin C and a probiotic) and getting regular exercise seem to help my immune system stay up to par. I wish you and your son all the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 00:36 AM
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