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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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Which autoimmune disorders cause low t cells? (Hiv neg) How will doc diagnose this for me? Other labs ok, but i have episodes of not feeling well

Which autoimmune disorders cause low t cells? (Hiv neg) How will doc diagnose this for me? Other labs ok, but i have episodes of not feeling well

Vice versa: What disease will develop depends on the type of T cells which are deficient or low. It is the loss of immune regulation which causes autoimmune diseases and not the other way around. Low T cells may also be associated with immune deficiency as well. As for the episodes of not feeling well, it is not specific enough for us to offer you an opinion. ...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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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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Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

No: I would caution everyone against these superstitious ideas. They serve no purpose, and even if there were some basis (for example, someone with advanced cancer "looks malignant" because of cachexia), the impression is less sensitive and less specific than a scientific exam. Life's difficult enough without well-intentioned lay people frightening folks for no reason. ...Read more

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For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

Weeks to years: When diseases present explosively with all signs and symptoms as I have seen in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the diagnosis may be made in weeks to months. Other times, the disease may evolve slowly (as in scleroderma) and diagnosis may take years. ...Read more

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Do autoimmune disorders kill you?

Some can but it vari: Yes they can. It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder and the extent of activity. Each person with an autoimmune disease has a different type of involvement. It depends on the extent of activity and how well the treatment can control its activity. This something to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

Allergies: Allergy is a form of an immune disorder. It is not an autoimmune disorder. . It is a form of hypersensitivity to common harmless allergens. It is mediated by ige which upon exposure to allergen activates basophils and mast cells to release inflammatory mediators such as histamine, leucotrienes and certain interleukins . These produce allergy symptoms .Commomn allergies are hives, hay fever asthm. ...Read more

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Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Hydroxychloroquine used for multiple autoimmune disorders?

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine): Yes. Hydroxy Chloroquine is used in many autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens , juvenile inflammatory arthritis, crest syndrome . It has also been used in chronic idiopathic urticaria and graft vs host disease. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more