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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


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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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