Because primary immune disorders are caused by genetic defects, there's no way to prevent them. But when you or your child has a weakened immune system, you can take steps to prevent infections:

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands and skin with mild soap whenever using the toilet and before eating.
  • Take care of your teeth. Brush your teeth at least two times a day.
  • Eat right. A healthy, balanced diet can help prevent infections.
  • Avoid exposure. Stay away from people with colds or other infections and avoid crowds of people.
  • Take your medications. You may need to take regular medications to prevent infection.
  • Ask your doctor about vaccinations. Find out which ones you should have.
Jul. 30, 2013