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Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

Can you build up your immune system, make it stronger with an autoimmune disease such as sjogrens?

No: An autoimmune disease is actually from losing control of the immune system allowing the body to attack your own tissue. This does not improve your immune system since autoimmune disease is more like a rogue police force. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Selke
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Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more


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Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be ?

Can the immune system aggressively attack and target directly the cell body of neurons and what rare autoimmune disease would this be ?

Vague question: I will direct you to consult a neurologist about your symptoms, which you have not explained here. A good reference to research autoimmune neurological illness is wikipedia.Org. While not an exhaustive reference on every topic, it is a valuable primer for most medical topics. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

Do autoimmune diseases suppress your immune system?

Generally yes.: Autoimmune disorders deregulate the immune system and may even compromise it. The medications used to manage these disorders suppress the immune system predictably. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune diseases suppress the immune system?

Yes: They represent any abnormal immune response and often therefore will suppress the normal immune response. ...Read more

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How are an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease different?

How are an immune disorder and an autoimmune disease different?

Immunity: Autoimmunity is when your own immune system decides to attack itself whereas an immune disorder is a defect or failure of your own immune system to either produce or protect from infectious invaders. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an immune disorder vs an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune vs Immune: Autoimmune diseases are ones which your own immune system attacks your body. Examples are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many others. Immune disorders are ones which your own immune system fails to respond normally to infections, resulting in frequent infections. Examples are common variable immunodeficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, aggamglobulinemia, hiv/aids, and many others. ...Read more

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Are the drugs you take for autoimmune diseases suppressing the immune system?

Yes.: All medical options for autoimmune disorders are essentially immune modulators or suppressants. ...Read more

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 white ...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