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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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What is the best climate to live with autoimmune diseases?

What is the best climate to live with autoimmune diseases?

Warm, not humid: Because people with autoimmune diseases have a lot of problems with their joints, doctors usually recommend warmer weather and less humid weather for their patients with those problems. Because symptoms are worse for those patients in cold and humid weather.

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the lymphatic system?

May or may not: Some autoimmune disease can lymph node enlargement. The lymphatic system has within it many of the immune reactive cells like lymphocytes and macrophages. These cells interact and are involved in the immune response. There are many other substances within the lymphatic system that also involved in the lymphatic system. The inflmmation that occurs can cause the lymph nodes can increase

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the digestive system?

How do autoimmune diseases impact the digestive system?

Autoimmune and GI: Your question is too general to answer on HealthTap. For example, autoimmune diseases such as lupus can have many manifestations related to the small and large bowel Some diseases like scleroderma can have significant problems in the digestive system with reflux being a prominent problem. RA too can have digestive issues. So, perhaps refine your question to a specific condition. Best wishes.

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the respiratory system?

Multiple ways: Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation in the lung which can behave like infection and appear the same on xray. Shortness of the breath can occur. Coughing up blood is possible. Inflammation of the lining of the lungs called the pleura can cause pain with breathing or deep breaths. Fluid can occur between the lining of the lung and the lung itself can also cause pain and shortness of breath

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the nervous system?

Inflammation: There can be : Cognitive dysfunction (not thinking clearly, memory deficits) Headaches Seizure Altered mental alertness (e.g. stupor or coma) Aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain) Stroke (disturbance of the blood supply to different parts of the brain) Peripheral neuropathy (e.g. numbness, tingling, burning of the hands and feet) Movement disorders Myelitis (disruption)

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the cardiovascular system?

Inflammation: inflammation of the vessel can cause narrowing and limit the blood flow getting through them. This can lead to problems with poor circulation.

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What do autoimmune diseases attack?

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Autoimmune diseases: 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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Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes.: Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease.

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What can cause an autoimmune disease?

What can cause an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases: 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.

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What family members get autoimmune diseases?

No certainity: Although autoimmune disease have high genetic transmission rates, I do not know if you can say who will get what until signs/symptoms appear. So the best advice I can give is that you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of conditions which are prevalent in your family and be vigilant and honest in recognizing them and taking action to be evaluated by a medical professional.

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How can someone contract autoimmune disease?

How can someone contract 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.

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Can you tell me what autoimmune diseases are?

Body attacks itself: Autoimmunity is when the infection-fighting system turns against the body. Examples include many cases of hypothyroidism, some joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus), ms, psorias and inflammatory bowel disease (eg, crohn's).

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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.

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How are diet and autoimmune diseases related?

Maybe not at all: People will often espouse the supposed benefits of certain foods or supplements in helping to treat autoimmune diseases or in making those diseases worse. The trouble is there are virtually no large controlled studies that clearly substantiate these opinions. Until that happens, I remain very skeptical.

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What are the most common autoimmune diseases?

Depends on field: For general diseases in all fields these are some if the most common: SLE, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis.

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What are some symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Difficult to know: There are many different autoimmune diseases, and each fits into separate categories. Many create arthritis, kidney failure, rashes, hepatitis, etc. You would be better off picking one illness and repeating your question.

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