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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 white ...Read more


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How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

How does plaquinil slow the process of scleroderma and lupus? Or any autoimmune disease

See below: There is has been much on how exactly it works but it is thought to work on tlrs or toll-like receptors which play a role in the immune system. ...Read more

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Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Does family history in first cousin (or other NON-first-degree relatives) increase risk for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, RA?

Yes: If you have autoimmune disease in your family - you are at increase risk to also develop Autoimmune diseases also seem to have a genetic component, but, mysteriously, they can cluster in families as different illnesses. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, diabetes; her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Research is shedding light on genetic, as well as hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the causes of these diseases. ...Read more

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Do immunologists treat autoimmune disease?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. ...Read more

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The journal of clinical immunology Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 535738, 9 -Epstein-Barr Systemic Autoimmune Diseases What is your opinion?

Definite possiblity: Therea re alot of papers that indicate the possibility of a latent (hidden) Epstein Barr infection as a cause of autoimmunity as well as the possility that these individuals with autoimmune disease have a relatively imbalanced immune system that could contribute to reactivation of the virus and/or incomplete resolution of the infection. Nadia Ali, M.D, M.B;B.S, MPH, ABHIM, FACP ...Read more

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Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Lupus Tx: Lupus is the classic autoimmune disease as it can affect many organs through autoimmune inflammation. I have never heard of a rheumatologist who doesn't treat lupus. Maybe some specialize in lupus and advertise that way. ...Read more

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Which type of doctors treats autoimmune diseases?

Depends on disease: That depends on the type of disease. Primary care doctors may be able to treat most of them. Endocrinologists specialize in autoimmune thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmologists specialize in autoimmune eye diseases. Immunologists specialize in diseases from low immune system function. Rheumatologists specialize in systemic diseases due to increased immune system function. Etc. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat autoimmune diseases?

Complex question: The term "autoimmune" means, literally, "self immune". These diseases run a wide spectrum and extend to multiple specialities. Rheumatologists deal with connective tissue diseases, gastroenterologists deal with crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc..., neurologists deal with multiple sclerosis and others, and even endocrinologists treat thyroiditis and diabetes which can be immune related. ...Read more

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Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Too many to list.: Depends on which autimmune disease you have. They are simply too numerous to list. Mtx, prednisone. Doxyclyine, hydroxychorquine, azothioprine, cyclosporine, enbrewl, humira, Rituxan (rituximab) and on and on. Most work best for specific diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Immunology (Definition)

Immunology is a field of study in which a person studies the components of the immune system (such as lymph nodes, white blood cells, and antibodies), their functions, and their diseases. Because allergies are a reaction by a person's immune system, immunology usually includes the study of allergies. A doctor who specializes in problems of the immune system ...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