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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 you tell me how is an allergic reaction different/similar to an autoimmune disease?

Can you tell me how is an allergic reaction different/similar to an autoimmune disease?

They differ: Allergic reaction is your bodies immune response to an outside or external agent that is foreign to you. It can take several forms depending on contacting it, breathing it, or ingesting it. An autoimmune reaction is when your immune system is directed against organs in your own body which can affect any organ including the brain and heart, for example. ...Read more

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Is there really a disorder called autoimmune progesterone dermatitis? Can a woman be illergic to her progesterone?

Is there really a disorder called autoimmune progesterone dermatitis? Can a woman be illergic to her progesterone?

Doubt it: I have never heard of this and think it sounds fanciful. Being allergic to Progesterone would theoretically be incompatible with life, since cortisol is synthesized from progesterone. It is possible a woman might get a contact dermatitis from ingredients in progestrone cream, which rarely even contains any actual progesterone. ...Read more

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Is eczema an autoimmune or allergic condition? What type of doc should I see to diagnose it correctly? Family history has me suspecting it.

Is eczema an autoimmune or allergic condition? What type of doc should I see to diagnose it correctly? Family history has me suspecting it.

Dermatologist: Assuming you have ATOPIC DERMATITIS this is a SKIN disorder. Genetics is the main driver. Clearly skin disorders are best treated by skin DRs. Not autoimmune. Not allergy. Not psychiatric. SKIN. We have very effective therapies. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune diseases cause a strong allergic type response to sunlight? I get very itchy for days after being in the sun, and I never let burn

Lupus: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune condition in which sunlight is known to exacerbate the disease. Fatigue and rash generally are worse after sunlight exposure. ...Read more

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I have IBD, Allergic Rhinitis, seborrheic dermatitis & Anxiety. I'm 24 YO, male. Am I suffering from Autoimmune disease?

I have IBD, Allergic Rhinitis, seborrheic dermatitis & Anxiety. I'm 24 YO, male. Am I suffering from Autoimmune disease?

IBD: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is an autoimmune disease. Allergic rhinitis, seborrheic dermatitis and anxiety aren't. You need to have follow up with a good gastroenterologist, besides your primary doctor who would coordinate the care of your diverse medical problems, which can be controlled by adherence to treatment plans and regular follow up, just be active and follow a healthy diet, good luck ...Read more

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I developed RA and Fibro after Cervical Spine fusion with implants. C 5-7. I believe I have allergic autoimmune disease. Can that be reversed?

I developed RA and Fibro after Cervical Spine fusion with implants. C 5-7. I believe I have allergic autoimmune disease. Can that be reversed?

Fibromyalgia: Is probably not an auto-immune disorder. You can discuss the natural history of sero-positive arthritis with a rheumatologist. Silicon implants can cause major problems, and there is a whole branch of science that has sprung up around induced auto-immune conditions with surgical implantation. Treatments are many and the rheumatologist knows more than anyone else what to do about this. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden onset of severe allergic/auto-immune symptoms?

Vague question: Your question is very vague and does not identify any symptom, so I cannot give you any advice based on it. ...Read more

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What does autoimmune mean?  

What does autoimmune mean?  

Body attacks itself: In autoimmune disease your immune system attacks your own body. This causes serious problems like colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis & lupus. There are often genetic predispositions but there is growing evidence that microbes and environmental toxins such as molds, heavy metals & pesticides play a key role. A well-written book on this is http://www. Donnajacksonnakazawa. Com/blog/? Page_id=7. ...Read more

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How can I have an autoimmune disorder?

See details: I assume you are asking about the cause of autoimmunity. Often it is related to a loss of T cell inhibition. My advice is to Google the question and read for yourself. The answer is too long to explain in the space allowed on this site. ...Read more

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Hashimtos autoimmune thynoidity, what is this?

See details: This is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by inflammation of the thyroid gland and eventually loss of ability of the thyroid to function normally. ...Read more

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Can a major illness trigger an autoimmune disorder?

Possible: But hard to prove even though we know that stress can exacerbate an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmune?

Self reacting: 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 joints causing rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can I, please, get a simple definition of "autoimmune"?

See details: Autoimmunity basically means you produce antibodies that attack your own tissues. ...Read more

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Autoimmune disorder and recurrent miscarriagesis there a link?

Autoimmune disorder and recurrent miscarriagesis there a link?

Pregnancy and lupus: Autoimmune diseases that have a higher incidence of miscarriage include lupus and anti phospholipid syndrome. Sometimes they can be present together ...Read more

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How can I get tested if I think I have an autoimmune condition?

See a doctor: There are scores of autoimmune diseases. Without specifics it is impossible to offer any firm answer otherthan to speak with a doctor. ...Read more

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What can my bf do naturally to try to stop his autoimmune response?

Go see: Specilaist such as an integrative physician, naturopath or acupuncturist who is trained in chinese herbal medicine, among others. ...Read more

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Can having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Can having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Yes: A manifestation of excess immune stimulation leads to inflammation of your tissues- myelin in ms, joints in ra, skin in psoriasis...
Your immune stress can be environment edible, infectious...
Plus other stressors contribute- poor diet, lack of sleep...
Genetics play roll
therefore the same metabolic problems can manifest in various ways & a new disease develops & is diagnosed
mdwellnessmd. Com. ...Read more

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Will having an autoimmune disorder make a person more susceptible to developing another autoimmune disorder?

Sometimes: There are certain situations where one specific autoimmune disease is more likely to occur if the individual has another certain autoimmune disease, for instance, lupus and autoimmune thyroid disease. However, most are not connected. ...Read more

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What can I do to start getting my life back? I'm trapped in my body who does not like me. I feel Like I'm decades older and I'm only 35. New dx autoimmune dz

Counselling: Your message sounds depressing and I would urge you to seek psychologic or psychiatric counselling ASAP. Have an autoimmune dz is not the end of the world since most can be treated quite effectively. If you have suicidal thoughts, call the suicide hotline immediately. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

No: There is no known autoimmune cause of fibromyalgia. Current thinking is that is is a central nervous system disorder. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune urethritis?

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. ...Read more

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Are ibd autoimmune?

Yes: Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease where our own immune systems attacts certain components of your intestinal track. This is way most medicines used to treat this do suppress certain components of the immune system. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is autoimmune neuronopathy?

What is autoimmune neuronopathy?

Nerve damage by self: The body's immune system attack upon nerves or elements to help nerves function properly resulting in odd or painful sensations is referred to as autoimmune neuropathy. ...Read more

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I want to know about autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune: There is no way one can learn about autoimmune disorders without spending some time learning about a normal immune system. Find a basic book on the immune system, read it, and then delve into immunity disorders where there is failure of the system to recognize tissues as "self". That is what autoimmune disorders are all about ...Read more

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Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

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 = (). ...Read more

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What type of disease is polymyositis? Autoimmune?

Yes it is autoimmune: Autoimmune it is. Drugs to treat it affect the immune system, and dampen an inappropriate immune response to your muscle. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

Immunosuppresents: Since autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of diseases which have in common activation of the immune system which leads to different complications (depending upon the disease) the best way to treat is to use medications which suppress the immune system (such as steroids and sometimes chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

Is endometriosis considered an autoimmune disorder?

No: It just isn't. I've noticed on healthtap that several visitors have this idea and I'm wondering where it came from. It a curious growth of endometrium in abnormal places; nothing I've seen in the decades that I've been acquainted with this common and troublesome illness suggests immunity is a factor. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune disorder affects the nervous system?

Variety: One classic is Multiple Sclerosis, another neuromyelitis optica, but brain can be affected secondarily, due to effects of pernicious anemia, lupus, rheumatological disorders, etc. ...Read more

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How do autoimmune conditions develop in the first place?

Usually: With a genetic predisposition. Then triggered by an infection, medication, stress or other factor. ...Read more

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Why are autoimmune disorders are considered so dangerous?

They destroy tissues: Autoimmune disorders arise from an overactive immune system in which the body attacks its own tissues. The different types & the amount of destruction that occurs depends on the kinds of tissues targeted. Some affect a single organ (as in thyroiditis) while others involve multiple areas (such as lupus). If not diagnosed & treated, these disorders progressively worsen health & may hasten death. ...Read more

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I have 3 autoimmune conditions. Is same thing causing them?

Possible, but: Possible - evaluation by a knowledgable clinician should help answer the question. ...Read more