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Immune Globulin Infusion

You may need help fighting off infections if you have a weakened immune system. Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy (IVIg), also known as Immune globulin infusion, can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including: 

  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Lupus
  • Myositis
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome

How Immune Globulin Infusion Therapy Works

The plasma in your blood contains immunoglobulins. They are antibodies that help you fight back against diseases and germs. 

When blood is donated, the immunoglobulins can be separated from the blood plasma of healthy donors. The blood is then tested to ensure it doesn’t carry any blood infections, such as AIDS or hepatitis. Then, the plasma is purified. 

After all that, the donated immunoglobulin is infused into your veins through a needle in your arms. This is not a fast process; it usually takes two to four hours. This treatment is often needed for those who naturally lack or need more immunoglobulins about once a month. 

Your blood breaks down immunoglobulins over time, which is why you need a new dose every three to four weeks to keep up your body’s ability to fight infection. The volume of your infusion depends upon your body weight.

Why Use IVIg Treatment

Your body depends upon antibodies to fight against the germs it encounters daily. Your body’s immune system is constantly working to keep you healthy. When you have an immune deficiency, your body’s immune system doesn’t work correctly and can’t protect you. 

 Immune globulin infusion (IVIg) treatment provides your body with the necessary antibodies to fight against germs and protect yourself against infections. 

The treatment can be used with other immunosuppressants. It can also be used instead of immunosuppressants, biologic drugs, or corticosteroids.

The Side Effects of IVIg

For most people, IVIg treatment is easy to tolerate. Some people experience minor side effects right after an Immune globulin infusion. Minor side effects can include a low-grade fever, muscle aches, and joint aches. 

Serious side effects include wheezing, a tightness in your chest, and hives. If you experience these side effects, get emergency medical help right away. 

With IVIg, you will often feel your best right after you undergo treatment because the immunoglobulin level in your body is at an all-time high. Over time, as your body absorbs the immunoglobulin, you may feel tired and weak. Most people feel worse before they are due for another treatment. 

Immune Globulin Infusion Therapy in Portland

If you suffer from an immunology disorder or hereditary disorder that compromises your immune system, IVIg treatments are one way to boost your immune system. Our team at West Hills Allergy & Asthma Associates can also guide you on how to live a full life despite a compromised immune system.

If you’re looking for expert diagnostic experience and effective treatment history, Dr. Anderson-Cowell can help.  

For a consultation with Dr. Rene Anderson-Cowell, call us at (503) 297-4779 or request an appointment online with West Hills Allergy & Asthma Associates. 

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