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Doctor insights on: Young Teens With Autoimmune Disorders

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I want to know about autoimmune disorders?

I want to know about 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

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


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What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

What kind of medicine treats autoimmune disorders?

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

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Do autoimmune disorders kill you?

Do autoimmune disorders kill you?

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

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Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Is gluten bad for you? Can it cause autoimmune disorders?

Well: Not a problem for most people there's a very small amount of people who have celiac Sprue gluten or gluten sensitivity or allergy ...Read more

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Is quinoa and sprouted grains okay for people with autoimmune disorders?

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

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Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

Does the herb kalawalla (polypodium leucotamos) actually work for autoimmune disorders?

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

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Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Not autoimmune: 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

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I have celiacs disease, what should I look out for regarding other autoimmune disorders?

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

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What to do if I have cvid, I am wondering what autoimmune disorders can come along with the disease?

See details: The major risks are hematologic and include aplastic anemia and thrombocytopenia (destruction of red blood cells and platelets). There is also an increased risk of lymphoma and possibly other cancers. ...Read more

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How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

How are allergies related to autoimmune disorders?

Antibodies in both.: The easiest way to look at it is that if someone has allergies, his/her body makes antibodies against things he/she is exposed to (meds, foods, pollen, animals, etc.), while in autoimmune disorders, the body makes antibodies against one or more of its own tissues. ...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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Why are autoimmune disorders are considered so dangerous?

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

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Is there any particular "look" to people with autoimmune disorders?

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

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For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

Weeks to years: When diseases present explosively with all signs and symptoms as I have seen in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the diagnosis may be made in weeks to months. Other times, the disease may evolve slowly (as in scleroderma) and diagnosis may take years. ...Read more

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Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

Could people with autoimmune disorders donate blood?

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

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Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Are autoimmune disorders with rash and episcleritis common?

Not really: Autoimmune disease are uncommon in the general population. However diseases such as systemic lupus can have both rash and episcleritis. ...Read more

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Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Disease processes associated with a high positive ANA other than autoimmune disorders?

Positive ANA: Conditions that can result in an elevated ANA include autoimmune disorders, certain drugs, uncommon infections, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney failure, ultraviolet light therapy, malignancy, pregnancy, and false positive/lab error. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?

Good question: Different immunological mechanisms, desensitization can be performed to type 1 immunological reactions involving IgE antibodies, auto immune disorders aren't the same, wish you wellness ...Read more

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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

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Is fatigue normal with autoimmune disorders that are being controlled/treated effectively? I feel no better since starting med 8 months ago

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

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Can you have lupus with a negative ANA test? What about other autoimmune disorders?

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

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

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

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Is a higher ANA titre (1:2560) more likely to be associated with lupus than other autoimmune disorders?

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

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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

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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

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I have 2 autoimmune disorders (vitiligo & hypothyroidism) with long fam history of autoimmunes. Should I be worried about my kids or have them tested?

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

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Is the test for hashimoto's the same as the autoimmune disorders test?

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

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids: Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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What are possible autoimmune disorders/diseases that can cause or make major depression worse if psychological and medical reasons are ruled out?

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

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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

Dr. Tania Dempsey
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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader, and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more