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Are there autoimmune disorders that causes red, swollen, inflamed and itchy eyelids and a rash?

Are there autoimmune disorders that causes red, swollen, inflamed and itchy eyelids and a rash?

Atopic Dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis, an immune/allergic disorder, can produce eczema on the skin, as well as red swollen itchy eyelids, and a rash. However, a simple contact allergy, unrelated to an immune disorder can produce similar findings. See your ophthalmologist and perhaps an allergist as well to look into it. ...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


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What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

Unrelated: There are no diseases associated with a low red cell distribution width (RDW). A high total protein does not in and of itself suggest the presence of autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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A blister like bump on top of hand, hurts to touch and is red around it? Bed bug bite? Auto immune? Staph? Why I keep getting it and what is it?

A blister like bump on top of hand, hurts to touch and is red around it? Bed bug bite? Auto immune? Staph? Why I keep getting it and what is it?

Infection likely: The differential is long, but infection is at the top of the list. In particular with the staph series of bacteria, including mrsa.

Less likely are bug bites and rarely are such lesions autoimmune related.

I would recommend evaluation by medical professional -. ...Read more

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Have 3 auto-immune probs. 4/2013 got cellulitis (r) hand. Antibiotics resulted in c-diff. Had blood draw this week, also canning tomatoes. (r)hand red, hot, swollen headed almost to elbow. Md or er?

Have 3 auto-immune probs. 4/2013 got cellulitis (r) hand. Antibiotics resulted in c-diff. Had blood draw this week, also canning tomatoes. (r)hand red, hot, swollen headed almost to elbow. Md or er?

Cellulitis: If your redness is spreading quickly and you are not able to get in to see your doc today or tomorrow, then go to er. You may need to be placed on i/v antibiotics. Make sure to take probiotic supplement to lower your chance of c. Diff recurrence. ...Read more

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I want to know about autoimmune disorders?

I want to know about autoimmune disorders?

Autoimmune: There is no way one can learn about autoimmune disorders without spending some time learning about a normal immune system. Find a basic book on the immune system, read it, and then delve into immunity disorders where there is failure of the system to recognize tissues as "self". That is what autoimmune disorders are all about ...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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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?

Antibodies in both.: The easiest way to look at it is that if someone has allergies, his/her body makes antibodies against things he/she is exposed to (meds, foods, pollen, animals, etc.), while in autoimmune disorders, the body makes antibodies against one or more of its own tissues. ...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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Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Not really: Autoimmune disease are uncommon in the general population. However diseases such as systemic lupus can have both rash and episcleritis. ...Read more

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Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Positive ANA: Conditions that can result in an elevated ANA include autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, uncommon infections, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney failure, ultraviolet light therapy, malignancy, pregnancy, and false positive/lab error. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?

Good question: Different immunological mechanisms, desensitization can be performed to type 1 immunological reactions involving IgE antibodies, auto immune disorders aren't the same, wish you wellness ...Read more

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I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?

No: To the contrary, some autoimmune diseases carry an increased risk of serious infection. Autoimmunity may interfere with the body's defense against infection. ...Read more

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Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago

Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago

Common yes normal no: Chronic fatigue syndrome is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impair the patient's ability to produce energy and they end up chronically fatigued. Your treatment may be controlling some of your symptoms, but it is not fixing what is wrong. Find and fix. ...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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Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

Unknown: Good question. There are no studies to support the benefits or the risks of quinoa and sprouted grains in people with autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

Kalawalla: No, the diversity of autoimmune diseases results in variable results with both natural and synthetic therapies. Medications and supplements that can be beneficial with lupus may be harmful or lack benefit with rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis or autoimmune thyroid disease. There are no natural supplements or medications that are beneficial for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Yes: It depends on the disease, what medications you are on, what your blood count is, and which disease. Check with your local red cross blood donation center. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

ANA testing: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease, (generally present in 80-90% of cases). A higher titer over 1:160 is more significant. There are more definite testing for lupus such as anti-smith antibody and anti ds dna antbody. There are many more other specific testing for other specific autoimmune disorders. Syphilis and lyme disease can give false positive ANA test as well. See your md. ...Read more

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read more

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Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?

Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?

Question lupus.: The ANA test it’s considered to be one of the screening test for lupus. However, there is a lot of overlap diagnostically speaking among the various rheumatological conditions. Diagnosis should be based mainly on the history and physical examination and supported by results of blood testing. It’s hard to say that this test would specifically represent lupus. ...Read more

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I read you can have autoimmune disorders with negative blood work. If so- then how would doctors know how to treat them?

Treat the patient: We treat the patient, not lab values. The goal would be to keep the patient free of symptoms while minimizing the side effects of medications. ...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