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Doctor insights on: Melatonin And Autoimmune Disease

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Okay to take 600 mcg melatonin at nightly with autoimmune disease?

Okay to take 600 mcg melatonin at nightly with autoimmune disease?

Likely Not: Melatonin can make steroids and immunosuppressants work less effectively. If you are taking a low dose under 1 gram it is likely ok. If you have a flare of autoimmune disease do not take melatonin. Melatonin may make calcium channel blockers less effective (procardia/nifedipine/adalat/verapamil). Ask your rheumatologist if it is ok to take at this time. ...Read more

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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Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Wanted to try melatonin for sleep problems caused by prednisone but bottle says do not use if you have autoimmune disease. Why?

Immune function: As you know, melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain -- & is most widely known for its effects on the sleep-wake cycle. An intricate physiologic balance regulates production and release of this hormone. It may also enhance immune system responses. It's possible that melatonin could worsen existing autoimmune conditions -- especially in the large doses available in health food stores. ...Read more

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Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Can you die from autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease and death: Death in autoimmune diseases depend on several factors including its severity , target organ, cell , tissue and vital structures involved, duration and stage of disease, underlying comorbid conditions, age of patient and overall health of patient. Many of autoimmune diseases do well with appropriate management . They are chronic diseases and need expert care in the longer run. ...Read more

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What might case autoimmune diseases?

What might case autoimmune diseases?

Confused cells: Immune system, especially, the adaptive part, views body organ systems as foreign invaders and attacks protectively. Our genetic makeup determines organ susceptibility, and environmental stimuli trigger the attack. This could be termed a biological mimicry. Classics include rheumatoid arthritis, ms, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, to name a few. ...Read more

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How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

How rare are autoimmune diseases in the us?

Not rare, common!: Autoimmune illness happens when a person's immune system mistakenly targets her/his own cells, tissues, organs. Because of this, at least eighty, and probably many more, diseases are actually considered autoimmune disorders. This makes it one of the most common causes of illness. ...Read more

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What foods are bad for autoimmune diseases?

What foods are bad for autoimmune diseases?

Those ones: Gluten, corn, salt, refined grains, trans fats: once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter, frozen meals, fast food, breakfast cereal, candy, soda and artificial sweetener. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which your body makes antibodies against your own tissues. Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hepatitis, anemia, hypothyroidism, and vasculitis. Management of these conditions generally requires the assistance of a specialist--rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Number of the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too numerous: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of autoimmune diseases?

Too broad a topic: Auto-immune disorders are a large class of diseases and symptoms depend on the disease and organ system affected. Please check the following site for a start. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/search/search. ...Read more

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What is an autoimmune disease.?How could it be diagnosed.?

What is an autoimmune  disease.?How could it be diagnosed.?

Autoimmune diseases : In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues , cells and targeted organs. Diagnosis depends upon which tissue , cell or organ is affected . Diagnosis is made on clinical picture with immunological studies targeted to cell, tissue organ involved and at times biopsy of affected tissues and organ. ...Read more

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Are all autoimmune diseases fatal?

No even close: There are numerous autoimmune diseases that are not fatal. These include psoriasis, hypothyroidism, certain types of hair loss and many others. In fact, relatively few autoimmune diseases have increased risk of death. ...Read more

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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

Psoriasis : Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. One 's own immune system mistakes the skin as not self and attacks the skin by producing excess cytokines . In response body produces excess skin cells which pile up as red white scaly patches or plaques on top layer of skin called epidermis . There are 5 types of skin lesions called plaques , pustular, guttate, inverse and erythrodermic ...Read more

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Is hidradenitis an autoimmune disease?

Is hidradenitis an autoimmune disease?

Hidradeniis: Hidradenitis is not an autoimmune disease. It is somewhat like a bad case of cystic acne that occurs in the axilla and groin. It is treated with warm compresses and antibiotic therapy. Sometimes surgical intervention is required. ...Read more

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What doctors treat autoimmune diseases?

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more