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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. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

ANA testing: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease, (generally present in 80-90% of cases). A higher titer over 1:160 is more significant. There are more definite testing for lupus such as anti-smith antibody and anti ds dna antbody. There are many more other specific testing for other specific autoimmune disorders. Syphilis and lyme disease can give false positive ANA test as well. See your md. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids : Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read more

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I read you can have autoimmune disorders with negative blood work. If so- then how would doctors know how to treat them?

Treat the patient: We treat the patient, not lab values. The goal would be to keep the patient free of symptoms while minimizing the side effects of medications. ...Read more

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I have several autoimmune disorders- wondering if my spinal problems could be autoimmune related? No doctor seems to know or wants to figure it out

Find another doc: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have 2 autoimmune disorders (vitiligo & hypothyroidism) with long fam history of autoimmunes. Should i be worried about my kids or have them tested?

I have 2 autoimmune disorders (vitiligo & hypothyroidism) with long fam history of autoimmunes. Should i be worried about my kids or have them tested?

Can be genetic: A predisposition to autoimmune disorders can be transmitted genetically to your children, however, there is no real way to test for them unless they begin to develop health problems. Their pediatrician should be informed of your illnesses so the kids can be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Tania Dempsey
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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


Dr. Morton Levitt
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Perspiration (Definition)

Perspiration or sweat is the production of watery fluid from the skin to help regulate the ...Read more