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Medicine For Immune Diseases
Diet pill recommendations for a diabetic with multiple auto-immune diseases & a drug that is generic.
The immune system is a complex and highly developed system, yet its mission is simple: to seek and kill infectious invaders, and protect us from harmful substances. Immune system disorders occur when the immune system is either under or overactive. When the immune system is defective or underactive, people are susceptible mainly to recurrent infections (immune deficiency diseases). In severe cases, the infections are life-threatening. When the immune system is overactive, the immune system attacks our own organs causing diseases of several kinds: "autoimmune" diseases such as lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis; certain diseases of the thyroid; and certain muscle and nerve diseases, to name just a few. Allergies and asthma also are the result of ...Read more
Immune diseases =: Disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy cells. ...Read more
Possible, Not common: One can always have two diseases at the same time, but typically physicians look for one disease with the combination of symptoms patients present with. There can be "overlap" between the symptoms of various auto-immune diseases, so its best to see a well trained rheumatologist to help with your diagnosis. ...Read more
Autoimmune diseases: There are probably more than 100 different autoimmune conditions, some of them more common than others and they may be grouped according to which organ autoantibodies attack, for example: blood vessels, endocrine, red blood cells, muscles, joints, skin, etc. The topic is too broad for this post. ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women - particularly african-american, hispanic-american, and native-american women - have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Maternal-fetal cells: Current theories focus on maternal-fetal cell trafficking (either as a fetus or as a mother); cells cross the placenta and lodge in various tissues of the other person, waiting to cause inflammation and "autoimmunity" down the line (possibly triggered by viruses, radiation, stress, genetic predisposition or interplay of the above). ...Read more
Not typically and: They can be seen in various scenarios. ...Read more
Harms the recipient: When marrow stem cells are transplanted, the immune system of the donor is transplanted into the recipient. That could result in the auto-immune disease of the donor becoming a problem for the recipient. That would be on top of the risk of graft versus host disease that all patients face after transplant. ...Read more
Not likely: The high ratio of women to men in sle has been theoretically attributed to the uplifting effect of estrogen on the immune system during child-bearing years but there is much data to contradict this. In addition, the replacement of estrogen postmenopause does not change the sle frequency or severity. There is no evidence to suggest low estrogen as a result of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Ana pattern was atypical speckled I know its more indicative of certain immune diseases but which?
Non specific: More important is how strongly positive the titer is. Low titer may not have any significance, especially if symptoms don't fit any syndrome. ...Read more
I have six diagnosed auto immune diseases. Every woman in my family has some sort of multiple auto immune disease. Does it run in families?
Yes: It may run in families but I would question several diagnosis as even some physicians confuse labs vs full diagnostic criteria. ...Read more
There are many auto immune diseases out there, how can dr be sure that hypothyroid diagnosis is not one of them instead?
Check antibodies: Check thyroid peroxidase and anti thyro globulin. Up to 40% of thyroid problems can have some degree of autoimmune component. ...Read more
Go to the: University of chicago web site for rheumatologists. ...Read more
Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?
My son had kawasaki disease at 5 month old (know 10 month old) should I worry that every time tha he will get sick it's about auto immune diseases?
Rare: Kawasaki's disease rarely (if ever) recurrs.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it true that all auto immune diseases has the same medications so if you have RA then you find out you have lupus not RA the treatmen plan is same?
Is there anyone reading this that may treat the auto immune diseases ankylosing spondylitis or reiter's?
Most rheumatologists: These problems are generally best treated by rheumatologist, although astute internists, family practioners, may do a good job if trained in the uses of medicine to treat these problems. Most of my practice in rheuamtology are patients with overlap spodyloarthritis! ...Read more
I have 4 auto immune diseases. Fibromialgia, candida, hashimotoes, lupus. Where can I go for help?
Rheumatologist: You must see a rheumatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?
Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read more
I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, and psoriasis which are all auto immune diseases. Any idea why I may have these? Could it be linked to something?
That means that your immune system is not well regulated. This tends to be inherited as well. Although there is no cure, you should get your blood vitamin d3 level checked to make sure that it is optimal. I don't know if optimizing the vitamin d3 level helps or not but it certainly won't do you harm.
(vitamin d3 is considered an immune regulator). ...Read more
How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea
Alloderm is a processed human skin graft which results in an acellular dermal matrix which can be used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, reconstructive surgery and hernia repairs. Unlike allograft skin grafts (i.e. Skin from another human), which are eventually rejected, the proprietary processing technique retains the normal collagen bundling and intact basement membrane complex of skin, but without the components (skin and connective tissue cells) that cause an immune reaction. In one study (wainwright dj: use of an acellular allograft dermal matrix (alloderm) in the management of full-thickness burns. Burns. 1995 jun;21 (4):243-8) alloderm was used in burn patients and the patients did not demonstrate a specific immune response, either by histology or immunologically.
In addition, in your case, the use of corticosteroids would blunt any immune reaction, minimizing the possibility of an immune reaction. This would howver, slow down the healing process, due to the effect of corticosteroids on wound healing. ...Read more
I have lupus and many other auto immune diseases. I have charlie horses like in your calf, but I get them in my abdomin, and they hurt very bad, why?
There can be: Multiple reasons for abdominal pain. It is helpful to specify where on your abdomen. Low abdomen could be gynecological. It could be bladder or constipation. Upper abdomen could be gallbladder or heartburn. I would get seen but in the meantime make sure u take your heartburn medication. Good luck. ...Read more
5 chronic skin ulcer 2 cultures gram- ancintobacter anaerobic taken PO doxy, Cef, Kef, Clinda, Amox, Cipr no immune diseases, why cant the bacteria die?
See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. First define why you have skin ulcers. Where? How long? Etc. It is NEVER a simple question of which bacteria and which antibiotics. MOST skin ulcers should not be treated with antibiotics at all. I suspect you are being treated by someone who should refer you to a more knowledgable DR. ...Read more
Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab). Urinalysis no bladder inf.?
Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...Read more
Depends: There are an array of different immune issues and some are more severe than others. Those with severe immune disorders are often hospitalized with a major illness by 2-4 months. At that point their initial diagnosis is suspected and confirmed. ...Read more
I'm 43yr old ttc. Just diagnosed with an immune disorder what caused it and how are can it be treated?
It depends: I would need more information, as there are many different autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Immunity: Autoimmunity is when your own immune system decides to attack itself whereas an immune disorder is a defect or failure of your own immune system to either produce or protect from infectious invaders. ...Read more
May or may not: We all make positive anas buy people with higher titers have a greater chance of having an autoimmune disease. The ANA is also found is a lot of other conditions especially people who have had allergic reactions. You may or may not develop an immune disorder. Your evaluation will look into these possibilities. ...Read more
Autoimmune vs Immune: Autoimmune diseases are ones which your own immune system attacks your body. Examples are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many others. Immune disorders are ones which your own immune system fails to respond normally to infections, resulting in frequent infections. Examples are common variable immunodeficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, aggamglobulinemia, hiv/aids, and many others. ...Read more