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Use Of Colchicine In Autoimmune Disorders
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
Is there any ongoing research for the use of low dose naltrexone in autoimmune diseases especially in the case of bullous pemphagoid.
Stetchy research: There is some sketchy research and documented experiences of MDs using low dose naltrexone for this purpose with success. Naltrexone is largely without any complications (unless you regularly take narcotic pain medication - in which case skip it.) Since there is almost no downside it is worth a try if traditional treatment is not giving you satisfaction. ...Read more
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Do anti-histone antibodies appear exclusively in drug-induced lupus or can they appear in SLE & other disorders as well?
In treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, what are the pros/cons of managing it long-term with Prednisone vs. DMARDs? Do all DMARDs increase cancer rates?
Which autoimmune diseases/disorders, besides antiphospholipid syndrome, are made worse by consumption of foods high in vitamin k?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For the treatment of psoriasis,are any of the systemic medications available for use with guttate psoriasis in an adult?
Guttate psoriasis: Janet: guttate psoriasis can come on due to infections like streptococcal infections, or medications like beta blockers (blood pressure med); so be sure not secondary to infections/ drugs. Treatment usually topical (can be difficult with many spots!); UVB or PUVA light treatment can be effective. Medications like methotrexate are also effective in severe cases. Work with your Dermatologist. ...Read more
With the increase of drug-resistent strains of different infectious diseases, is the future of antibiotic use bleak?
No: The future of antibiotic use in general is not bleak as newer ones are likely to be discovered (even though it's getting harder to do so). What is bleak is the prospect of existing antibiotics, whose efficacy continue to wane as more bacetria develop resistance to them due to their abuse and misuse. ...Read more
Nothing works: We have no medication to affect the course of creutzfeldt-jacob disease. Some medications may help relieve symptoms. You have my sympathy. ...Read more
All possible causes of chronic non-specific inflammation in duodenum (shown in biopsy) in INDIA???
Non specific: I see this frequently and think it has no clinical significance. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Could the immunomodulatory effects of UCDA potentially mask a problem with the immunoglobulins? Eg in AIH or PBC? When the globs are used to aid in dX
What's latest and safest in treatment of anca associated pauci-immune glomerulonephritis without any other systemic disease.
Happens: Patients with sle need perinatologist involvement in care. ...Read more
Is eczema an auto immune response? If so can drugs such as methotrexate and tnf blockers aid in the treatment of extreem cases?
Allergy Respons: Eczema is an allergy to something, often foods. Using immune suppressant drugs will clear the problem but it is better to find the cause and remove it or treat it than to suppress the immune system. Suppressing the immune system can be very dangerous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hummmmm!: What is involved is simply taking an oral corticosteroid my mouth at a prescribed dose and having good follow up. Steroids are wonder drugs! they are also trecherous, cause injury and have serious side effects. We all have steroids ciruculating in our bodies in various amounts. It is the dosing, need for the drug, judicious use, thorough follow up that make them a success and not a danger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need evaluation: Could be either, only a rheumatologist can tell the difference. You need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
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