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Young Teens With Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune: There is no way one can learn about autoimmune disorders without spending some time learning about a normal immune system. Find a basic book on the immune system, read it, and then delve into immunity disorders where there is failure of the system to recognize tissues as "self". That is what autoimmune disorders are all about ...Read more
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
Immunosuppresents: Since autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of diseases which have in common activation of the immune system which leads to different complications (depending upon the disease) the best way to treat is to use medications which suppress the immune system (such as steroids and sometimes chemotherapy). ...Read more
Some can but it vari: Yes they can. It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder and the extent of activity. Each person with an autoimmune disease has a different type of involvement. It depends on the extent of activity and how well the treatment can control its activity. This something to discuss with your physician. ...Read more
Unknown: Good question. There are no studies to support the benefits or the risks of quinoa and sprouted grains in people with autoimmune disorders. ...Read more
Kalawalla: No, the diversity of autoimmune diseases results in variable results with both natural and synthetic therapies. Medications and supplements that can be beneficial with lupus may be harmful or lack benefit with rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis or autoimmune thyroid disease. There are no natural supplements or medications that are beneficial for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more
Dermographism is a common type of physical urticaria (hives) and unrelated to food and environmental allergies. It is not related to autoimmune disorders.
For a brief review, go to my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/. ...Read more
Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and associated with other autoimmune disorders. Most commonly checked routinely is the thyroid blood test looking for autoimmune thyroiditis (underactive thyroid gland). In general there is not much routine screening for other autoimmune diseases like lupus, hepatitis, anemia, etc. Unless there are specific symptoms or abnormal routine blood tests. ...Read more
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
No: I would caution everyone against these superstitious ideas. They serve no purpose, and even if there were some basis (for example, someone with advanced cancer "looks malignant" because of cachexia), the impression is less sensitive and less specific than a scientific exam. Life's difficult enough without well-intentioned lay people frightening folks for no reason. ...Read more
Yes: It depends on the disease, what medications you are on, what your blood count is, and which disease. Check with your local red cross blood donation center. ...Read more
It: It is not likely, but in medicine one never says never. ...Read more
Lupus: Typically sle does.Get a more detailed answer ›
None: None that I know of.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?
I hear autoimmune disorders described as an overactive immune system. Does that mean those people can never get sick?
No: To the contrary, some autoimmune diseases carry an increased risk of serious infection. Autoimmunity may interfere with the body's defense against infection. ...Read more
Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago
Common yes normal no: Chronic fatigue syndrome is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impair the patient's ability to produce energy and they end up chronically fatigued. Your treatment may be controlling some of your symptoms, but it is not fixing what is wrong. Find and fix. ...Read more
Cyst liver/kidney: No.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?
Question lupus.: The ANA test it’s considered to be one of the screening test for lupus. However, there is a lot of overlap diagnostically speaking among the various rheumatological conditions. Diagnosis should be based mainly on the history and physical examination and supported by results of blood testing. It’s hard to say that this test would specifically represent lupus. ...Read more
Are people with pidd likely to also have autoimmune disorders? Can you have something like cvid and also lupus?
Yes: Paradoxically it is not unusual to see patients with pidd develop autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
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
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
What autoimmune disorders are not as commonly tested for and ruled out? I have +ANA and other severe symptoms but no culprits yet, (also not lupus).
What symptoms?: Conditions like MCTD, Wegeners, PANGet a more detailed answer ›
I have 2 autoimmune disorders (vitiligo & hypothyroidism) with long fam history of autoimmunes. Should I be worried about my kids or have them tested?
Only if abnormal: Autoimmune disorders run in families, especially along the female side. Vitiligo and hypothyroidism are two commonly associated autoimmune disorders. Your children are at a higher risk of developing an autoimmune disorder, but it is unlikely to occur at a young age. There are hundreds of autoimmune disorders. Would not test unless they have symptoms such as abnormal growth, development, pain. ...Read more
Differences: Autoimmune disease is a general term to refer to multiple causes of inflammation often caused by a molecule in your body attacking some organ- such as your thyroid, pancreas, liver, or muscles. Hashimoto's disease is one form of an autoimmune disease leading to inflammation in the thyroid. In general, thyroid peroxidase antibody is a marker helpful in diagnose hashimoto's disease. ...Read more
Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?
What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?
Autoimmune=medical: When you say psychological and medical reasons are "ruled out, " you are eliminating all disorders and diseases (including autoimmune ones) from consideration. If I may put some back in, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis come to mind as worsening depression. In fact a flare of sle may be heralded by an exacerbation of depression. Steroid treatments of these can be depressogenic as well. ...Read more
Does having multiple autoimmune disorders signal deeper health issues that should be investigated? I have hypothyroidism, vitiligo, & endometriosis.
Complicated: With such a constellation of symptoms you need to followed by an md who understands you and the related diagnosis. ...Read more