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Where Is The Best Climate To Live With Autoimmune Diseases
Warm, not humid: Because people with autoimmune diseases have a lot of problems with their joints, doctors usually recommend warmer weather and less humid weather for their patients with those problems. Because symptoms are worse for those patients in cold and humid weather. ...Read more
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
Complex question: The term "autoimmune" means, literally, "self immune". These diseases run a wide spectrum and extend to multiple specialities. Rheumatologists deal with connective tissue diseases, gastroenterologists deal with crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, etc..., neurologists deal with multiple sclerosis and others, and even endocrinologists treat thyroiditis and diabetes which can be immune related. ...Read more
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What's the best way to boost your immune system to fight off a cold, allergy, or flu if you have an autoimmune disease?
I have Graves' disease, vitiligo and pernicious anemia. What is the best diet to follow in order to prevent any more autoimmune diseases? Sandy.
No great way: However I would consider getting your vitamin D3 level to the higher normal range since vitamin D3 is considered an immune regulator. I don't know if this would work but it would not likely cause any harm. The only way to find out is to get tested. Unfortunately, when you have one autoimmune problem you are more likely to have another presumably due to impaired immune regulation. ...Read more
Increased risk : The tendency to autoimmunity definitely runs in families. This is genetic, not due to lifestyle, so prevention isn't really possible. These conditions are more common in women, but are not rare in men. People with autoimmune disease should tell their relatives, so they, in turn can tell their doctors and get appropriate tests. ...Read more
Multivitamin: This depends on whether you mean joint swelling, skin, nerve, abdominal swelling it other areas. The specific autoimmune disease can also make a difference. As a general rule stay away from anything advertised to boost your immune system. If it works it will make an autoimmune disease worse. Most of the time multivitamins are safe. Other supplements depend on the individual disease. ...Read more
Best way to diagnose an autoimmune disease. I have all classic symptoms pain, low, fever, extreme weakness, ck level 1700 problems swallowing. ?
See a rheumatologist: Auto-immune disorders can be difficult to diagnose. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to see if reference to a rheumatologist is warranted. Diagnosis requires history, physical examination, lab tests and expertise to interpret the results. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated: The immune system is that part of the body defenses that fight off outside disease like infections. Auto immune disease denotes a situation where the body "turns against itself" by making antibodies against part or parts of your own body? The ultimate autoimmune disease is lupus but many others exist affecting the thyroid or many other organ systems. ...Read more
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Discuss with doctor: Your doctor can order some basic screening tests if warranted (if you have symptoms or risk factors of autoimmunity). An immunologist or a rheumatologist can perform a more detailed evaluation and initiate treatment if an autoimmune disease is found. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fetal cell traffic.: Fetal cells cross the placenta and lodge in maternal tissues triggering immune reaction to the paternal antigens. That's why autoimmune diseases are almost exclusive seen in women of reproductive age. If you are wondering about such diseases in men or women who have never been pregnant, the answer is that all of us carry cells from our mothers in our bodies since we were born; they can do the same. ...Read more
Probably not: Diet is a hot topic as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. However there is no cure for autoimmune diseases including conventional treatments and or diet. Obesity makes patients respond less well to treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Weight loss in general helps. (The medications work better). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Need specific info: There are so many different symptoms based on which body system is affected by the particular autoimmune disease. For example, psoriasis affects the skin but can also affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints but can also affect the lungs. Lupus erythematosus can affect multiple organ systems. The symptoms generally follow the organ systems but non-specific fatigue is common. ...Read more
Live healthy!: Practice common sense: get enough rest, eat healthy foods in moderation, cut stressors, and exercise as you are able. These will help your immune system. You may need to carve out time and money for these things, which may take away from other goals, but it will be worth it. Follow doctors' orders for follow up exams, tests and vaccines to prevent illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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