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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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I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?

I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?

Probably not.: I've never seen lupus cause horizontal nail ridges, although i suppose it's possible. Certain medications can do it, as can diabetes and certain systemic diseases. If you're not on any medications, your doctor may wish to extend the workup to look for other internal causes, besides lupus. ...Read more

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Are the pattern and sequence of presentation of signs/symptoms useful in diagnosing autoimmune disease or are they different in every case?

Are the pattern and sequence of presentation of signs/symptoms useful in diagnosing autoimmune disease or are they different in every case?

Yes and yes: We know of numerous diseases which involve auto-immune mechanisms. The variation involves specific genetic susceptibilities, associated with/without environmental triggers. Joint issues, rheumatoid arthritis; bowel issues, ulcerative colitis; brain and spinal cord, multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What are autoimmune diseases?

What are autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases : 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 cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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What is an autoimmune disease ?

What is an autoimmune disease ?

Autoimmune diseases : 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 cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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What do autoimmune diseases attack?

What do autoimmune diseases attack?

Autoimmune diseases : 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 cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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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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Are autoimmune diseases very common?

Yes.: Most people with hypothyroidism have the disease hashimoto's thyroiditis. When you add psoriasis, colitis to the diseases ra, spondyloarthritis, type 1 diabetes, and onward, you have a majorpercentage of american's having an "autoimmune disease. ...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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What can cause an autoimmune disease?

What can cause an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases : 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 cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

What exactly is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases : 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 cells , platelets etc. ...Read more

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How does someone get autoimmune disease?

How does someone get autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease: It is not fully understood and reasarch is still on . It happens in idividuals who are genetically susceptible triggered by an offending agent which could be a bacteria, virus, environemental toxins , drugs , food allergens , radiation, chemicals , hormonal to name a few . It is a flu like onset with fatigue followed by symtoms referable to the target organ, tissue or cell that is affected. ...Read more

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How do people catch autoimmune diseases?

Not caught: People with a predisposition to an autoimmune disease might develop one following an acute infectious process, however, they are not thought to be directly caught as in the case of a virus. Autoimmune disease is due to an underlying defect in immune regulation that varies by condition. ...Read more

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How common are most autoimmune diseases?

Less than 1%: About 3% of americans, for example, have an autoimmune disease. Common ones include thyroid problems, type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitiligo. Most affect 1% of people or less. Autoimmune diseases are 3x more common in women and in people with a family history. ...Read more

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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