What does it mean when your immunoglobulin IgA is low?
Selective IgA deficiency is an immune system condition in which you lack or don’t have enough immunoglobulin A (IgA), a protein that fights infection (antibody). Most people with selective IgA deficiency don’t have recurrent infections.
Can you donate blood with IgA deficiency?
Is IgA deficient blood always available? IgA deficiency is not common. IgA deficient red blood cells, platelets and plasma can be collected from donors who are known to be IgA deficient. If needed, an IgA deficient blood donor can be contacted by Canadian Blood Services to donate blood for a patient with anti- IgA.
What is the function of immunoglobulin A?
Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is the most abundant type of antibody in the body, comprising most of the immunoglobulin in secretions and a significant amount of circulating immunoglobulin. In secretions, it serves to protect the mucosal tissues from microbial invasion and maintain immune homeostasis with the microbiota.
How can I increase my immunoglobulin A?
Studies suggest that taking up a relaxation technique, avoiding chronic stress, getting enough sleep and moderate exercise, quitting cigarettes, and having a good sense of humor may also strengthen the immune response and increase IgA.
What Increases Immunoglobulin A?
Causes of increased IgA levels include: chronic infections. chronic liver disease. rheumatoid arthritis with high titres of rheumatoid factor. SLE (occurs in some patients)
What does immunoglobulin A test for?
An immunoglobulins blood test may be used to help diagnose a variety of conditions, including: Bacterial or viral infections. Immunodeficiency, a condition that reduces the body’s ability to fight infections and other diseases. An autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
What foods have immunoglobulin A?
Choose fruits such as apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, avocados, peaches and citrus fruits. Choose vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, onions, carrots and kale.
How is IgA deficiency treated?
Most people with selective IgA deficiency don’t need treatment unless they have frequent infections. In some cases, treatment may include a long course of antibiotics to help prevent an infection from returning.