Immunodeficiency And Biologic Infusion Therapy Specialist

AIR Care

Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology located in Dallas, TX & Plano, TX

As part of a commitment to your wellness and longevity, Dr. Richard Herrscher and his dedicated team of medical professionals at AIR Care provide biologic infusion therapy at the offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. Treatments are offered for a wide variety of immunodeficiency disorders, and include OCREVUS™ and Radicava® on the extensive list of biologics. If you’re experiencing a disorder that requires infusion therapy, AIR Care offers state-of-the art facilities designed with your comfort in mind. Call today for your consultation appointment or book your visit online.

Immunodeficiency and Biologic Infusion Therapy Q & A

What is an immunodeficiency disorder?

Immunodeficiency disorders affect your immune system’s ability to defend itself against infections and diseases. Your immune system includes your spleen, tonsils, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, which develop and release lymphocytes into your bloodstream to help you fight off illnesses.

Lymphocytes include:

  • B-cells that release antibodies to fight against specific diseases your body detects
  • T-cells to destroy abnormal or foreign cells

Toxins (antigens) your body may need to fight against include:

  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Cancer cells
  • Parasites

An immunodeficiency disorder can be primary; one you’re born with, such as DiGeorge syndrome which affects the thymus and its ability to “train” T cells.

Secondary immunodeficiency disorders are more common, occur later in life, and include:

  • AIDS
  • Leukemia and other cancers of the immune system
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of cells that produce antibodies

Causes of secondary immunodeficiency disorder include:

  • Diabetes
  • Radiation exposure
  • Severe burns
  • Chemotherapy
  • Malnutrition

What is biologic infusion therapy?

A biologic is produced from living organisms or contains components of living organisms. There is a lengthy list of biologics that doctors use to prevent or treat certain conditions. These biologic products include vaccines, blood components used during transfusions, modified human hormones, and cells that produce or activate components of your immune system.

Biologic infusion therapy describes how biologics are delivered. Cuvitru, for instance, is a biologic drug administered via an intravenous injection (infusion) directly into your bloodstream. Cuvitru is derived from donated, healthy human plasma and replaces the infection-fighting antibodies that patients with primary immunodeficiency are missing.

What can I expect with infusion services?

The office infusion center at AIR Care provides a comfortable alternative to receiving infusion therapy at your home or in a hospital setting. The center contains private, curtained modules equipped with a recliner lounge chair and other comfort items.

The professional nursing staff will closely observe you during your therapy. AIR Care can operate solely as your infusion site while your primary physician maintains control and monitors your care.

Our treatments include:

  • Intravenous (IVIG) and subcutaneous (SCIG) gammaglobulin infusions for primary immunodeficiencies
  • Synagis® for prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in high-risk infants
  • Xolair® (anti-IgE) for asthma
  • Radicava®, used for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • OCREVUS™ for multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Advanced monoclonal antibody infusions, including Remicade®, Tysabri®, and Benlysta® to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
  • Intravenous therapies, including but not limited to antibiotics, antifungals, Solu-Medrol®, parenteral nutrition, and vitamins