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Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there drugs to treat autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Yes. There are many medications to treat autoimmune diseases, depending on the specific disease. Read more

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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 ...Read more


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What are the best ways to treat autoimmune diseases?

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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Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Are there medicines to effectively treat autoimmune diseases?

Too many to list.: Depends on which autimmune disease you have. They are simply too numerous to list. Mtx, prednisone. Doxyclyine, hydroxychorquine, azothioprine, cyclosporine, enbrewl, humira, Rituxan (rituximab) and on and on. Most work best for specific diseases. Read more

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Is the low cost biosimilar drugs as effective as original biologics to treat autoimmune diseases?

Not even close: There are no low cost biosimilar drugs that have any value. All biologics are still under patent protection so no generics are available. Read more

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Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

Do you think there will be new, effective and cheap drugs within 5 years to treat autoimmune diseases?

NO- Not cheap 4 sure: I don't know if there will be new & effective drugs to treat autoimmune disease within 5 years but if there are I am certain they will NOT be cheap- hardly any new drugs are cheap; they cost a lot to develop & drug companies charge a lot of money for new drugs. But I don't think drugs are the best approach. See The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum for a better approach & my comment. Read more

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What doctors treat autoimmune diseases?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. Read more

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Which type of doctors treats autoimmune diseases?

Depends on disease: That depends on the type of disease. Primary care doctors may be able to treat most of them. Endocrinologists specialize in autoimmune thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmologists specialize in autoimmune eye diseases. Immunologists specialize in diseases from low immune system function. Rheumatologists specialize in systemic diseases due to increased immune system function. Etc. Read more

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Do immunologists treat autoimmune disease?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. Read more

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Many symptoms, none being treated, thought to be autoimmune disease. Possible treatments. Please see attached profile.

Many symptoms, none being treated, thought to be autoimmune disease. Possible treatments. Please see attached profile.

Need a consultation: Unfortunately this Q & A format doesn't allow for uploading profiles or dealing with multiple symptoms or illnesses. You may want to ask for a second opinion consultation with a Rheumatologist at Health Tap. Sorry I could not be more helpful. Read more

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Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrom 3 considered to be an autoimmune disease? Can it be treated with immune suppressants?

Ehlers-Danlos: Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects your connective tissues. Primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Immune suppressants will have no use as treatment. Go to the Mayoclinic. Org and look up the syndrome for further information. Read more

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Can a Autoimmune disease not necessarily produce Antibodies but certain cells or blood cells do the damage instead making it harder to diagnose?

Can a Autoimmune disease not necessarily produce Antibodies but certain cells or blood cells do the damage instead making it harder to diagnose?

Yes: In some cases, chronic autoinflammatory disease is caused by white blood cells (T-cells) that attack the body or that persistently release signalling molecules that drive a nonspecific inflammatory response. Antibodies may serve more as a marker or disease indicator in such cases. Some disorders are not even diagnosed using antibody testing. Read more

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Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Why do you think some rheumatoid md's profiles say they treat autoimmune diseases while others say autoimmunediseases and lupus? Do some not like to treat lupus?

Lupus Tx: Lupus is the classic autoimmune disease as it can affect many organs through autoimmune inflammation. I have never heard of a rheumatologist who doesn't treat lupus. Maybe some specialize in lupus and advertise that way. Read more

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Can someone with lupus or an autoimmune disease drink beer or hard liquor?

Can someone with lupus or an autoimmune disease drink beer or hard liquor?

See below: You can consume alcohol so long you are not medication that could cause liver damage if you drink alcohol. When in doubt it is always good to call and ask your physician to see if it would okay to consume alcohol with the medications prescribed. Read more

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I have a mass and several hard nodes in my neck. Nodules on my thyroid no infectuon or autoimmune disease. But tell me its "nothing". Any advice?

I have a mass and several hard nodes in my neck. Nodules on my thyroid no infectuon or autoimmune disease. But tell me its "nothing". Any advice?

Biopsy?: There are many causes of lumps or nodules in the neck/thyroid. For the thyroid, they may be monitored over time by ultrasound and/or biopsied so that microscopic tissue can be examined (for possible cancer). Protocols for evaluating these are pretty straight forward, but if you have questions for your doctor, then please ask. Sounds like more info about your work-up might put your mind at ease. Read more

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Why is so hard to diagnosed an autoimmune diseases? 45 blood test, 17 diferent doctor, 2 surgery, 2 biopsy. Still not diagnosis, should I give up? : (

Consistency: 17 doctors is unnecessary and detrimental to good care. You need an excellent primary care doctor and a consulting rheumatologist. These are complex illnesses and may take some aggressive investigations to establish a clear diagnosis, and institute appropriate treatment. If you have been doctor shopping this will never happen. Read more

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Could I have an autoimmune disease, lymphoma, leukemia if I can't fight any vaginal infection&have 2 firm pea sized lumps (cervical node & under chin?

Could I have an autoimmune disease, lymphoma, leukemia if I can't fight any vaginal infection&have 2 firm pea sized lumps (cervical node & under chin?

Yes: Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) has many causes like some of the things mentioned above. It is best to follow these with you doctor. If they don't get smaller with time and/or antibiotics, then the doctor may recommend a biopsy with either a needle or a surgery to further evaluate what is going on. 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