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is there an autoimmune urethritis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
POSSIBLE: Autoimmune disease may affect any organ in the body, and as an example, reiter's syndrome is felt to be an autoimmune condition associated with certain types of infection.

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Is there a difference between prostatitis and urethritis?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Yes: Prostatitis affects the prostate gland, a pelvic organ responsible for semen production. Urethritis affects the urethra. Bacteria causing the 2 differ; urethritis is more often a sexually transmitted infection (but not always). Prostatitis is usually caused by the same bugs that cause uti's. Symptoms also differ--prostatitis is usaually a deep pain, urethritis is burning and penile discharge.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Iga my cousin has an auto immune disorder? It is very rare. He can't find an effective treatment.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Search the internet: Autoimmune disorders are the specialty of "rheumatologists". Immune system disorders and some autoimmune disorders are the specialty of "immunologists", who usually are also allergists. If one cannot find these specialists locally, the nearest university medical center should have them. Rare diseases may have special research centers somewhere in the country. An internet search can locate them.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

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Dr. John Hammes
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Rogue warrior: Your immune system is supposed to fight infection and leave your body alone. For various reasons, sometimes, your immune system runs amok and damages healthy organs/tissues. Just about every part of the body can be harmed by auto-immune disease. Some auto-immune diseases are dangerous and must be treated with strong drugs to reduce immune function (which can lead to infection =( ).
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Will autoimmune conditions kill me, or just make me sick for a little while?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Some can: Your question is overly broad. Autoimmune conditions include a wide spectrum of diseases with different severity profiles. Most of them are chronic, and treatable.
A 52-year-old member asked:

My mom gets autoimmune conditions, so am I likely to get it later?

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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Autoimmunity: Autoimmune issues frequently run in families, more often on the female side of the family. Whenever i hear that there is diabetes, thyroid or other autoimmune conditions in the family i always search a bit further.

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