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Is methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

Is methotrexate for autoimmune diseases?

Yes, good for many: Low dose weekly Methotrexate is an excellent and safe drug (as long as you don't drink alcohol) that is useful for treating a number of autoimmune diseases either alone or combination with other drugs. I sometimes use it in kids with an autoimmune disease where the exact diagnosis is not clear since it is excellent for long term control of inflammation without the use of steroids. Talk to your doc. ...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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What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

S L E : Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs.Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues it is treated with steroids and non steroidal anti inflammatory meds, avoid sun and wear protective clothing. Cytotoxic drugs if you do not respond to cortico steroids cytotoxics have side effects need to be monit. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

What autoimmune diseases mimic arthritis?

Many cause arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis commonly cause arthritis. The joints are the target of many autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Treatment options for chronic granulomatous disease? Thanks!

Treatment options for chronic granulomatous disease? Thanks!

Quite a few!: Cgd is an immune deficiency that leads to frequent bacterial and fungal infections. Current treatment can include aggressive and prolonged antibiotic, antifungal, and Prednisone use (sometimes continuously for each as prevention), interferon, white blood cell transfusions, stem cell transplantation, and sometimes bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective for autoimmune diseases?

Is acupuncture effective for autoimmune diseases?

Jury still out: For a nice comprehensive and understandable review, check out this page on the american autoimmune related diseases association (aarda). http://www.aarda.org/research_display.php?id=85. ...Read more

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Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis problem?

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis problem?

Resubmit: Your question is difficult to understand. Do you mean to ask about side effects of treatments for RA or which treatments are available for problem disease? You need to speak with a/your rheumatologist about these issues. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases are associated with a positive HLA-B57 test?

HLA-B57: HLA-B57 gene significance if present, people who has it have increased risk of auto-immune psoriasis, and also increased risk of hypersensitivity to abacavir, an anti HIV drug ...Read more

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What is the treament for autoimmune diseases?

What is the treament for autoimmune diseases?

Suppression: Blocking the body's immune reaction to its own tissues often requires interference with the immune system itself, either non-specifically with steroids, drugs which attack immune mediating cells, or drugs which block receptor sites, etc. Many of these are effective in limiting the damage due to disease, but have their own toxicities to deal with. ...Read more

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

PMR : Pmr is an inflammatory disorder that affects proximal muscles of shoulder joint and hip joint due to unknown causes. There is inflammation with elevated ESR and crp. There is mild anemia and effusion of tendons around shoulders on us. Temporal arteritis(ta) is seen in 15% of pmr patients. Pmr occurs in 50% of ta patients. It occurs in genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. ...Read more

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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease?

Once: earlier stages treated with proper ABX, then chronic could be treated like inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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What is prednisone use for autoimmune diseases?

See below: Auto immune disease means your body is making proteins against itseld prednisone has antiinflammatory properties and also alters suppresses immunity and helps in these disorders. ...Read more

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Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

Are Crohn's disease, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis all different types of auto-immune diseases?

No: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease but is not strictly speaking autoimmune. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that we don't quite know the cause of. ...Read more

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Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Is helminthic therapy a viable treatment for autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and asthma?

Unknown: There is research looking at the roles that infections may play with certain types of diseases, but currently it is not standard care to use helminthic therapy unless you have a true helminthic infection. ...Read more

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Is infliximab treatment effective for Crohn's disease?

Generally Yes: Infliximab (remicade) is generally effective at treating crohn's, keeping people off steroids, and preventing flares. Once started, it is important to continue regular dosing, not beyond 8-9 week intervals. Missing doses increases the risk of loss of response and of infusion reactions. ...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


Seronegative (Definition)

Having or being a negative serum reaction especially in a test for the ...Read more