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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?

Immunity problems: Some immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders don't fit well with named syndromes. Perhaps there is a name for yours, but not necessarily. I agree with the others' advice: Dr. Mahmood re possible IgG deficiency, Dr. Chu about WBC function, and Dr. Legha's comments about doctor shopping. Get an infectious diseases as well as allergy/immunology consultation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

I have an autoimmune disease, am I more susceptible cytomegalovirus infections?

Likely Not: Only if you also have an immunodeficiency on top of the autoimmune disease. It might also depend on the type of autoimmune disease. Speak with your rheumatologist and consider seeing an immunologist. ...Read more

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Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Does having an autoimmune disease make you more susceptible to meningitis or encephalitis?

Somewhat: The biggest issue is more the medicines you take to control your autoimmune disease. They suppress your immune system to keep your body from attacking itself. However, it also prevents your immune system from attacking an invading infection and so in that way would make you more susceptible to these infections. ...Read more

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I have been tested for autoimmune diseases and I am susceptible to illness with metrol pk. What are the pros/cons of the use of prednisone vs nsaids for large pericardial effusion?

I have been tested for autoimmune diseases and I am susceptible to illness with metrol pk. What are the pros/cons of the use of prednisone vs nsaids for large pericardial effusion?

Prednisone: While initially may be effective can also lead to recurrence and long courses of therapy. Ideally steroids should be a last resort. Colchicine has also become promising. ...Read more

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If I suffer from one type of autoimmune disease, can it be likely that i'll be susceptible to others?

Autoimmune: There is increased risk of autoimmune disease if first degree relatives are afflicted. There is a mildly increased risk of developing a 2nd autoimmune disease if you already have one, but this is not very common. ...Read more

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Why can't people with autoimmune diseases take melanin?

Wrong word: Melanin is producted by skin cells in response to sun light and is responsible for darkening the skin. Melatonin is a hormone that has been linked in some studies as a possible cause for autoimmune hepatitis (liver disease). Persons who have already developed one autoimmune disease are at higher risk for developing another type of autoimune problem and this may be the origin of this recommendati. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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How common are most autoimmune diseases?

Less than 1%: About 3% of americans, for example, have an autoimmune disease. Common ones include thyroid problems, type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Most affect 1% of people or less. Autoimmune diseases are 3x more common in women and in people with a family history. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can autoimmune disease mean?

Complicated: The immune system is that part of the body defenses that fight off outside disease like infections. Auto immune disease denotes a situation where the body "turns against itself" by making antibodies against part or parts of your own body? The ultimate autoimmune disease is lupus but many others exist affecting the thyroid or many other organ systems. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have an autoimmune disease?

Discuss with doctor: Your doctor can order some basic screening tests if warranted (if you have symptoms or risk factors of autoimmunity). An immunologist or a rheumatologist can perform a more detailed evaluation and initiate treatment if an autoimmune disease is found. ...Read more

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Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Why are autoimmune diseases more common in females?

Fetal cell traffic.: Fetal cells cross the placenta and lodge in maternal tissues triggering immune reaction to the paternal antigens. That's why autoimmune diseases are almost exclusive seen in women of reproductive age. If you are wondering about such diseases in men or women who have never been pregnant, the answer is that all of us carry cells from our mothers in our bodies since we were born; they can do the same. ...Read more

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Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

Could diet (Dr Fuhrman etc) cure autoimmune disease?

Probably not: Diet is a hot topic as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. However there is no cure for autoimmune diseases including conventional treatments and or diet. Obesity makes patients respond less well to treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Weight loss in general helps. (The medications work better). ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Need specific info: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What major organs can be affected by autoimmune diseases?

Almost any organ.: Heart, lungs, kidney, thyroid, brain and liver are examples of organs that are targets of autoimmune diseases. Lupus, autoimmune hepatitis, graves disease, and multiple sclerosis are examples of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

How should I manage my life now that I have an autoimmune disease?

Live healthy!: Practice common sense: get enough rest, eat healthy foods in moderation, cut stressors, and exercise as you are able. These will help your immune system. You may need to carve out time and money for these things, which may take away from other goals, but it will be worth it. Follow doctors' orders for follow up exams, tests and vaccines to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Which autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are their symptoms?

Variety of symptoms: Many autoimmune diseases can affect women, such as thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, grave's disease, vitiligo, etc... Symptoms include rashes, skin color change, skin tightening, fatigue, muscle weakness, fevers, feeling hot, feeling cold, weight gain, weight loss, joint pains, joint swelling, muscle aches, eye changes, abnormal lab results, dry mouth, etc... ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

What autoimmune diseases affect women, and what are warning symptoms?

Several.: While men get these diseases as well, all of the following are 6-15x more common in females, and are autimmune: 1. Ra, 2. Sle, 3. Scleroderma, 4. Mctd, 5. Polymyositis, 6. Sjogren's. All can be related to the presecne of estorgen, which is why they are uncommon in females before puberty. However, men with klinefelter's syndrome, who are xxy, have very high levels of estrogen and these diseases. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Is there any evidence that following diets such as Dr Furhman's Is beneficial for reducing symptoms of autoimmune disease?

No proven diet.: Although a diet high in antioxidants may potentially be beneficial, there has not been any scientific proof on its efficacy. (For that matter, any other diet) ...Read more

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What test can check for autoimmune disease?

It depends: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. The tests ordered depend on which autoimmune disease you suspect. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases cause leukopenia?

2ways: Autoimmune diseases can suppress bone marrow production of white cells or can cause the destruction of circulating white cells. ...Read more

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I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

I have an autoimmune disease, can I give blood?

Not sure: I do not think that you should donate your blood if you have autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Which type of doctors treats autoimmune diseases?

Depends on disease: That depends on the type of disease. Primary care doctors may be able to treat most of them. Endocrinologists specialize in autoimmune thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmologists specialize in autoimmune eye diseases. Immunologists specialize in diseases from low immune system function. Rheumatologists specialize in systemic diseases due to increased immune system function. Etc. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases are associated with iritis?

Iritis: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, lyme disease, syphilis, hla-b27 disease, trauma, herpes, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, toxoplasmosis, and many other issues may cause iritis. In many cases, no cause is found. You should be evaluated by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can you use Paragard if you have an autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Paragard is a copper IUD. The copper produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm.There is no reported problem with autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more