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Dr. Tracy Lovell
502 Doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Disease (Overview)

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 white cells, platelets etc.


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How does someone get autoimmune disease?

How does someone get autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: It is not fully understood and reasarch is still on. It happens in idividuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environemental toxins, drugs, food allergens, radiation, chemicals, hormonal to name a few. It is a flu like onset with fatigue followed by symtoms referable to the target organ, tissue or cell that is affected. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
502 Doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Disease (Overview)

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 white cells, platelets etc.


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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

Sorry, no trick - this autoimmune disease is not "caused, " it just occurs. Bad genetics. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: 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

Dr. Peter Ihle Dr. Ihle
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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

There is no way 2 prevent u from getting ra. It is an autoimmune disease and & runs in families. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Recent diagnosis w/autoimmune disease & skin biopsy result: urticaria or mast cell disease. Shouldn't biopsy give more definitive diagnosis?

Recent diagnosis w/autoimmune disease & skin biopsy result: urticaria or mast cell disease. Shouldn't biopsy give more definitive diagnosis?

Hard to tell: Mast cells are the cells that release histamine in the body. This is what happens in urticaria, so one will see mast cells in biopsies of urticarial (hive-like) lesions. Mast cells can also be found in increased numbers in people with mastocytosis. Thus the biopsies may be similar. As stated by my colleague, the clinical history can be key to the diagnosis. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose autoimmune diseases and follow it after treatment.?

No tests: You need to see a rheumatologist, there are no 100% specific tests. Seeing a rheumatologist is the most cost-effective and only way to determine whether you have an autoimmune disease. Go to www. Rheumatology.Org to find a rheumatologist nearby. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

While it is an autoimmune arthritic condition, the more active you stay, the slower the progression. ...See more

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Is the cd4:cd8 ratio too vague of a diagnostic tool to be useful in diagnosing autoimmune diseases/disorders? R autoantibodies a more specific tool?

Is the cd4:cd8 ratio too vague of a diagnostic tool to be useful in diagnosing autoimmune diseases/disorders? R autoantibodies a more specific tool?

Am confused.: Why are you asking a question about an area of immunology that few doctors deal with? Do you have hiv, pml, multiple sclerosis and on tysabri (natalizumab). Your question asks about cytokines, and immune balance that is employed to design drugs and understand drug mechanisms, and cannot result in diagnosis of most disorders, as these levels are not definitive, and not widely used. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease is much less common in third world countries. ...See more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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I had the standard blood tests for autoimmune diseases (no symptoms) all the tests came back normal except ANA of pos 1.4. Should I be concerned?

I had the standard blood tests for autoimmune diseases (no symptoms) all the tests came back normal except ANA of pos 1.4. Should I be concerned?

See below: Close to 30% of patients will have positive ana. If you did not have symptoms of autoimmune disease, it is not clear to me why this was performed. Odds are in your favor that you probably have nothing to worry about with you currently reporting no symptoms. ...Read more

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Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Immune function: As you know, melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain -- & is most widely known for its effects on the sleep-wake cycle. An intricate physiologic balance regulates production and release of this hormone. It may also enhance immune system responses. It's possible that melatonin could worsen existing autoimmune conditions -- especially in the large doses available in health food stores. ...Read more

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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

True inflammatory bowel disease is not avoidable. If you have it it can usually be controlled. ...See more

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Can a silicon breast implant cause autoimmune disease?

Can a silicon breast implant cause autoimmune disease?

Myth: Silicone implants, which were removed from market in 1992 and later reintroduced have not been found to be associated with any autoimmune diseases. ...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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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

Before you reach for that cigarette, think about your last flare of inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Yes. There are many medications to treat autoimmune diseases, depending on the specific 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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Autoimmune disease (Tip)

Look into food allergy as a contributing factor. Ibd can also improve with the use of probiotics. ...See more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
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Are parasites useful in treating autoimmune disease? I saw recent work which indicated there might be some possibilities with Crohn's disease.

Are parasites useful in treating autoimmune disease? I saw recent work which indicated there might be some possibilities with Crohn's disease.

Probably Not: The work comes after a breakthrough in 2009 when prof. Eric denkers, immunology, and a research associate, charlotte egan, discovered that mice infected with the parasite taxoplasma gondii presented symptoms similar to those found in human patients with crohn’s disease. Denkers’ lab began using toxoplasma-infected mice as an animal model for crohn's. ...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