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Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

Describe the features of autoimmune conditions.?

Rogue warrior: Your immune system is supposed to fight infection and leave your body alone. For various reasons, sometimes, your immune system runs amok and damages healthy organs/tissues. Just about every part of the body can be harmed by auto-immune disease. Some auto-immune diseases are dangerous and must be treated with strong drugs to reduce immune function (which can lead to infection = (). ...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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How do autoimmune conditions develop in the first place?

Usually: With a genetic predisposition. Then triggered by an infection, medication, stress or other factor. ...Read more

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I have 3 autoimmune conditions. Is same thing causing them?

Possible, but: Possible - evaluation by a knowledgable clinician should help answer the question. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune conditions?

BODY FIGHTING ITSELF: 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 what should happen normally. ...Read more

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Is a "meat free" diet really better for autoimmune conditions?

Is a "meat free" diet really better for autoimmune conditions?

Autoimmune disease: It is unlikely that a vegetarian diet can alter the course of autoimmune disease, as the the cause of such diseases remains elusive on why the body turns on itself. There are several theories that are debated but none have been proven yet with certainty. ...Read more

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Will autoimmune conditions kill me, or just make me sick for a little while?

Some can: Your question is overly broad. Autoimmune conditions include a wide spectrum of diseases with different severity profiles. Most of them are chronic, and treatable. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get autoimmune conditions off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get autoimmune conditions off and on?

Not usually off/on: If you are prone to a genetic reason to get an autoimmune disease, the off and on depend on th activity of the autoimmune disease. In theory genetic risk factors put you at risk for the autoimmune and if the symptoms are off and on may control the disease activtiy at some point but often environmental conditions, therapy including compliance may affect the activity much more. ...Read more

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What can I do for my autoimmune conditions without going to a doctor?

Go to a doc: These are complicated condition for which ther are. Effective disease altering treatments non treatment carries risk of serious preventable problems care must be individualized. ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in autoimmune conditions? I apparently have at least two now, and I've changed diet and am still very ill. Need direction.

Rheumatology: Depending on what type of autoimmune conditions you suffer from, a rheumatologist would be best for a systemic disease, such as lupus. For a condition such as autoimmune hepatitis, a gastroenterologist with focus on liver disorders would offer best advise for such. Best would be to involve your primary care doc in making the referrals. ...Read more

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Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560) more so than others? Like lupus?

Are there certain autoimmune conditions that are associated with a high ANA titre (1:2560) more so than others? Like lupus?

Yes Lupus BUT others: This is characteristic of lupus and also other connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, overlap connective tissue disease, dermatomyositis. This is a high titer but even here we see this without lupus or a connective tissue disease ...Read more

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Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Smoking makes worse: Complement is low and systemic lupus because it is activated by the lupus. Smoking activates the alternative complement pathway and lowers some pf the complement compoments. Low complement does not cause connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Would a total thyroidectomy in a hashimotos patient calm the immune system/lower her chance of developing other autoimmune conditions?

Unfortunately no: A total thyroidectomy will not prevent other autoimmune diseases. However, most patients with hashimotos do not develop other autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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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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Aeromonas found in stool. No gastro symptoms but fatigue/malaise for a year. Autoimmune conditions ruled out. Blood counts fine. Treatment needed?

Aeromonas found in stool. No gastro symptoms but fatigue/malaise for a year. Autoimmune conditions ruled out. Blood counts fine. Treatment needed?

No.: Not all Aeromonas species are pathogens. Aeromonas has been isolated from the stool of asymptomatic individuals. Even if it does result in diarrheal disease, it is usually self-limited requiring only supportive care, such as fluid repletion. The only instances in which antibiotics are required include severe diarrhea or diarrhea in an immunosuppressed patient. Your fatigue/malaise is unrelated. ...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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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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Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Do drug addicts get more autoimmune diseases?

Yes: A very interesting question. Anything that affects the immune system increases risk. For example Cocaine abusers run a higher risk of vasculitis. ...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

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Is the low cost biosimilar drugs as effective as original biologics to treat autoimmune diseases?

Not even close: There are no low cost biosimilar drugs that have any value. All biologics are still under patent protection so no generics are available. ...Read more

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Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

NO- Not cheap 4 sure: I don't know if there will be new & effective drugs to treat autoimmune disease within 5 years but if there are I am certain they will NOT be cheap- hardly any new drugs are cheap; they cost a lot to develop & drug companies charge a lot of money for new drugs. But I don't think drugs are the best approach. See The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum for a better approach & my comment. ...Read more

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Heard of drug induced autoimmune hepatitis?

Yes: Many drugs can induce autoimmune type phenomena, to include hepatitis. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis?

Has anyone ever heard of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis?

Well known: Autoimmune hepatitis is inflammation in your liver that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your liver. Although the cause of autoimmune hepatitis isn't entirely clear, some diseases, toxins and drugs may trigger autoimmune hepatitis in susceptible people, especially women. ...Read more

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I've been told I have an autoimmune suppressor inactive at the moment. That I should avoid stress, much sunlight, certain medicines. How I know is true?

Autoimmune: It sounds like good advice and also sounds like lupus might be a diagnosis they are considering. You can get an evaluation by a good rheumatologist to answer more questions. ...Read more

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Are there liver problems from drugs for autoimmune diseases?

Are there liver problems from drugs for autoimmune diseases?

Potentially yes: Drugs that we use for autoimmune disease do have potentially liver toxicities. Drugs such as methotrexate, imuran. And Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) which are drugs which we use for autoimmune disease do have potential liver problems particularly the elevation of liver function tests. If labs are followed correctly, the potential for chronic liver disease are rare. ...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