Originally Posted by deniseh1884
Hi. We found yout yesterday (saturday 19 June UK time) by post that my husband is IgA deficient but we are both unsure what this means can some helpt us out in plain english what it means?
First you have a very good physician to make the diagnosis - often hard to make. I have had deficient IgA and IgM for years and couldnt understand why I got every infectious disease that went around, but got over everything fine. I dreaded pediatric rotations during training. I am 76, in good health, but avoid airplanes, runny nose children, etc.
Low IgA merely means your immune system is deficient in keeping you from getting things like colds, diarrhea,flu etc. However, if your IgG is OK you get over things. Once, as a physician with lots of exposure, I had eight colds in a year. Not fun, but nothing serious, just a bother.
I would suggest you read "Harrison's (no relation) Principles of Internal Medicine" Second volume at your local medical library. It has a very good summary - technical, but accurate. No treatment is known for IgA or IgM deficiency. There is treatment for IgG deficiency.
If all you have is IgA deficiency - dont worry, there are lots of other things that will kill you before that does. (typical physician macabe humor, sorry).