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Doctor insights on: Shingles And Autoimmune Disorders

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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Do autoimmune disorders kill you?

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.

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Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Well: Not a problem for most people there's a very small amount of people who have celiac Sprue gluten or gluten sensitivity or allergy

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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.

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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.

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Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Not autoimmune: Dermographism is a common type of physical urticaria (hives) and unrelated to food and environmental allergies. It is not related to autoimmune disorders. For a brief review, go to my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/.

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I have celiacs disease, what should I look out for regarding other autoimmune disorders?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and associated with other autoimmune disorders. Most commonly checked routinely is the thyroid blood test looking for autoimmune thyroiditis (underactive thyroid gland). In general there is not much routine screening for other autoimmune diseases like lupus, hepatitis, anemia, etc. Unless there are specific symptoms or abnormal routine blood tests.

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What to do if I have cvid, I am wondering what autoimmune disorders can come along with the disease?

See details: The major risks are hematologic and include aplastic anemia and thrombocytopenia (destruction of red blood cells and platelets). There is also an increased risk of lymphoma and possibly other cancers.

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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.

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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