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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


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Can having an auto-immune disorder make your immune system weak?

Not necessarily: Autoimmune disease may not necessarily weaken your immune system but some medications used to treat them can weaken it. Discuss options and side effects with your treating physician. ...Read more

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Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

Can supplements work for auto immune system disorders?

With the exception .: Other than zinc, a multivitamin, keeping weight good, avoiding stress, getting adequate sleep, and having good overall nutrition. I do recommend added omega-3 for all my patients with autoimmune disease! ...Read more

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Do supplements work for any auto immune system disorders?

Do supplements work for any auto immune system disorders?

No evidence.: There is no evidence that any supplements work to treat auto immune disorders. If you have an auto immune disease, please discuss any herbs, supplements or otc medicines you take with your rheumatologist. Some could make you worse! ...Read more

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If you have a auto immune disease such as sjogrens, does that mean your immune system is suppressed? Effecting your body ability to fight off cancer?

Disordered immunity: The problem in most autoimmune disorders is not immune suppression, but immune confusion. Instead of just fighting invading organisms, your immune system also attacks your normal tissues, and this immune response is what causes inflammation and symptoms of the disease. With prolonged chronic immune stimulation, some of the cells may begin to reproduce uncontrollably, causing cancers like lymphoma. ...Read more

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Can certain cells of the immune system attack without causing auto antibodies but still cause an autoimmune disease and what cells can do this?

Can certain cells of the immune system attack  without causing auto antibodies but still cause an autoimmune disease and what cells can do this?

Yes!: Natural killer cells and t cells are just 2 examples of "cell mediated immunity", that do not require antibodies for activation, but usually cytokines and other mediators stimulate ; magnify the immune response. The target organs effected often provide clues as to which processes may be activated and can often leave diagnostic trails that can be tested. Consult a specialist for the organ involved. ...Read more

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How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

Alloderm : Alloderm is a processed human skin graft which results in an acellular dermal matrix which can be used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, reconstructive surgery and hernia repairs. Unlike allograft skin grafts (i.e. Skin from another human), which are eventually rejected, the proprietary processing technique retains the normal collagen bundling and intact basement membrane complex of skin, but without the components (skin and connective tissue cells) that cause an immune reaction. In one study (wainwright dj: use of an acellular allograft dermal matrix (alloderm) in the management of full-thickness burns. Burns. 1995 jun;21(4):243-8) alloderm was used in burn patients and the patients did not demonstrate a specific immune response, either by histology or immunologically. In addition, in your case, the use of corticosteroids would blunt any immune reaction, minimizing the possibility of an immune reaction. This would howver, slow down the healing process, due to the effect of corticosteroids on wound healing. ...Read more

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My wife has chronic hives from an auto immune disorder. What vitamins and supplements can she take to help strengthen her immune system?

My wife has chronic hives from an auto immune disorder. What vitamins and supplements can she take to help strengthen her immune system?

NONE: See a dermatologist. She can be treated. Don't waste your money on useless junk. There is no such thing as "strengthen the immune system". Meanwhile try claratin or Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec----get a generic. ...Read more

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