Patients with signs of viral reactivation (elevated titers or viremia) and frequent bouts of illness should ask their physicians about ruling out specific immune deficiencies. Here are some of the tests your primary care physician may order to rule out immune deficiencies:
- Total IgG with subclasses
- Lymphocyte Subset Panel (measures CD4, CD8, NK cells, etc)
- ImmuKnow or Immune Cell Function test (measures CD4 response)
- Natural Killer Cell Function
If any of these markers are abnormal, an immunologist should be consulted for a more detailed workup. For example, patients with low total IgG or a low value on one of the subclasses might be diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia or be treated with gammaglobulin shots or infusions to help maintain proper immune system health.
In addition, marked deficiencies in certain minerals such as zinc, magnesium and selenium are known to affect immune system functionality and limit immune response to viral infection. For this reason, the following tests are also suggested by many experts to rule out high-risk mineral deficiencies:
- RBC magnesium
There are a few prescription drugs and nutraceuticals that may help stimulate immune response. We have listed a few of these below for information purposes only. Of course, you should always consult your physician before introducing any of these compounds into your own treatment regimen.