PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
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:
- Use proper 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.
- Check with your doctor about which vaccinations you should have.
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